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Planning: Key databases

Searching the key databases

For a comprehensive search of the research literature use one or more of the key databases (below).

The databases allow you to find information about articles and papers, but often they do not include the PDFs of the articles. You can use the QConnect service to link to the full-text of articles and papers in the library's subscriptions.

Please note: The key databases cover many more items than are included in the Library's subscriptions. If you find a paper which you cannot access online because the library doesn't subscribe to it, you may be able to request a copy via the Inter-Library Loans service.

Key databases

Scopus is the world's largest bibliographic and citation database. It covers nearly 20,000 academic journals from a wide range of subjects. Does not include PDFs of indexed literature. Please use QConnect to link to article PDFs.

Scopus tutorials (video / text-only)

The Web of Science gives access to citation databases, journals and conference proceedings with current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts, and humanities. A good complement to Scopus. Does not include PDFs of indexed literature. Please use QConnect to link to article PDFs.

Web of Science Tutorial: Web of Science - search tips: (YouTube)

IBSS provides bibliographic references to journal articles and books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. A key database for research on environmental and spatial planning.

Guide to using IBSS

Planning, Architecture and Design Database Ireland: Provides bibliographic details of journal articles, books and book chapters on all aspects of the built environment in Ireland, North and South

PADDI tutorial (YouTube)

A comprehensive business database providing access to a wide range of journals and working paper series in full text. Useful for researching commercial aspects of planning.

Provides access to the full text of over 2,000 business journals. Company information and market research literature is also available. Useful for researching commercial aspects of construction.

Accessing Databases

Many of the resources on this page are subscription databases.

On-campus, students and staff will usually have free guest user access.

To access databases from off-campus:

  • Always use links from the Library catalogue, a Subject Guide or the Databases A-Z list. This will allow you to sign in for remote access.
  • A Queen's authentication screen will open for all off-campus access
  • Enter your Queen's University ID card number and password to sign in

Other recommended databases