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Communication for Engineering & IT: Databases

In this guide:

Find Databases tool

Use Find Databases on the library homepage to view a more extensive database list with descriptions to help you decide which is the most relevant for your current assignment.

Full descriptions for each database are available from the More Info  icon.

Statistics

Statistical information is used as evidence to support your findings or viewpoint.  It can be in the form of tables, figures, charts or spreadsheets taken from a reliable source. 

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics. This is a government organisation providing free access to a wide range of Australian statistical data on various themes from IT, environmental issues to financial statistics.  It also provides links to International statistics from Other Statistical Agencies.
  • OECD iLibrary.  This statistical database gives access to a broad range of interactive and comparative data for OECD and some non OECD countries.
  • STATnetBASE.  This online library meets the needs of statisticians and researchers employing statistical science across a wide range of disciplines. From Frequentist to Bayesian, biostatistics to finance, this fully searchable collection is the perfect tool for any size analysis on all sorts of data.

Standards

Scholarly and professional articles

The Yale University website explains of the difference between academic and popular sources. The decision to use popular or academic sources will depend on your target audience and your topic.  A specialised academic topic will require scholarly resources, sometimes called peer reviewed resources.

  • Academic Search Complete is a large scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database.
  • Scopus is a comprehensive abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
  • ACM digital library can be searched for full text journal articles and conference papers published by the Association for Computing Machinery.** A PowerPoint description of the ACM database and how to search is provided by ACM search tutorial.
  • Proquest Science & Technology combines access to full text articles with detailed indexing of global literature on natural sciences, engineering and technology.
  • Engineering Collection covers all engineering fields with a focus on Australia. Material is sourced from the Engineers Australia collection.

Newspapers and magazines

These databases provide coverage of local and overseas newspapers.