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Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology: Databases

Library support for the School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology

Bibliographic databases

You can use Article Search on the library home page to quickly find some full text journal articles for your undergraduate assignments. However, if you are doing a large scale research project or dissertation, it is recommended that you use one of the library's bibliographic databases. Searching databases is a more effective way of finding relevant articles on a topic as they have more sophisticated search options and will search across a wider range of journals than Article Search.  

Key bibliographic databases relevant to Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology

The key bibliographic databases relevant to Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology are listed below. These are the best databases to start with when you are doing your literature search. If you need any help, please contact me at

Databases relevant to other subjects

If your area of interest overlaps with other subject areas, you can look at the other Subject Guides to find more relevant Databases eg History: Key DatabasesSociology, Social Policy and Social Work: Key Databases or Key Databases: Anthropology 

Databases A-Z

The full range of databases available at QUB can be found in the Databases A-Z list, but note that this list will contain journal and e-book databases as well as bibliographic databases; bibliographic databases are the best way to find articles on a topic as they search across a wide range of journals.

Obtaining full text journal articles

Where QUB has a subscription to the e-journal, you will be able to link through to the full text from the database, but please note that you will not get the full text for all records retrieved in a bibliographic database search

If the journal is not available electronically, you can then check the Library Catalogue on the Library homepage to see if we have the journal in print format. If we don't have it in either electronic or print format, you will need to use our Inter Library Loan service to obtain the full text article.

For undergraduate students, there should be sufficient full text journals available via the QUB system and you will not normally need to request Inter Library Loans. If you are having problems finding relevant journal articles, I will be happy to help. Contact me at

Cited reference searching

If you find a journal article that is particularly relevant to your research, a simple way of finding similar articles is to look for ones which have referred to your original. You can do this in most bibliographic databases.

Keeping up to date

The ZETOC and Journal TOCs services will email you the tables of contents of new journal issues as they are published. They cover a wide range of subjects and you can select multiple journals.

You can also set up email alerts within bibliographic databases to find out what new articles are being published in your area of interest; check out the Help screens in each database for instructions of how to do this.