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Built Environment and Development Studies: Databases

Useful SOBEDS databases

Suggested databases for SOBEDs

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What is a database?

Databases contain references to journal articles from many different journals, chapters in books and in some cases, theses and dissertations. Some databases also include the full text of the articles and other items. Some databases are country specific such as SABINET (South Africa); some databases are multisiciplinary (Academic Search Complete; Proquest), while others are subject specific (EconLit=economics). Architectural and built environment journals are located in a range of databases: the EbscoHost Research databases collection; Proquest; JSTOR; Project Muse; ScienceDirect; Taylor & Francis; Arts and Humanities citation index as well as the SABINET collection for South African resources (see below for links to all of these).

Most academic journals are not freely available via search engines such as Google, libraries have to pay for access. The UKZN Library's website provides an alphabetical list of all databases as well as a list of databases by subject.



Multidisciplinary databases

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