Learning at Work - Finding Articles
For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with. In fact it may give you too many – so think carefully about exactly what subject you are interested in and the keywords you are using.
Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for the various subject areas that Learning at Work may cover:
Full text databases
Contains academic peer-reviewed journal articles as well as professional and trade publications covering a vast range of business topics. Also includes country overviews, market reports and company swot analyses.
Searching Business Source Complete video (you will need to self-enrol on the Moodle site to view this video and then click back on the link)
Covers all areas of business and management and is particularly useful for subjects which connect with the business world.
The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects include health and safety, management, human resources, engineering, marketing and training. For the most relevant results, use the advanced search and restrict to case studies or literature reviews.
The full-text of thousands of articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed journals published by Emerald. Subjects covered include education, management, human resources, marketing and training – will often have engineering related articles.
• Nexis not in Discovery
Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980s.
A legal database which also includes broadsheet newspapers – both UK and international – if non-academic articles are of use to you.
ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.
This is a large collection of maths, science, technology and medicine related full-text and bibliographic information.
Note that the above cover just one publisher. (Science Direct, for example, is a database of Elsevier publications). If you want to do wider searches and literature reviews which draw on the width of the literature, you’ll need to do a little more work and include these indexing databases in your research. We may not have the full text of these articles (but can obtain them via Inter Library Loan) but you may find the database links through to full text where we have it.
AccessEngineering is a collection of critical, regularly updated engineering reference information. It includes instructional videos, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools.
• Engineering Village not in Discovery
Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).
Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.
A Library Guide to this resource is available.
Indexes to journal articles and conference proceedings for a wide range of topics including mathematics not simply engineering. This includes the Compendex and INSPEC databases as well as a couple of geographical ones.
• Engineering Workbench not in Discovery
Engineering Workbench hosts a collection of industry standards, codes and specifications.
For Health and Safety
• Barbour not in Discovery
Barbour is a health and safety information service providing information sourced from over 900 providers. Information within it includes legislation, technical guides and best practice along with director level briefings and employee training guides. The legislation diary identifies all known upcoming changes in legislation relating to different health and safety topics.
• Info4education not in Discovery
This supplier gives access to two major resources for Construction and Health and Safety professionals (Construction Information Service and OHSIS), needing rapid, reliable and up-to-date online access to standards, legislation and other guidance information related to their industries. Many items included in full-text. Product catalogues are also available covering construction, engineering, process and electronics industries.
Standards & patents
• British Standards Online (in Library only) not in Discovery
A database which provides details of tens of thousands of current, draft and withdrawn standards from the UK's national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI).
A Library Guide to this resource is available.
Use of the University of Portsmouth Library British Standards Online subscription is for educational purposes only.
Excessive downloading and printing of the material is prohibited. For more information on these restrictions please contact the library.
• Esp@cenet not in Discovery
Espacenet offers free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.
• IHS standards store not in Discovery
Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries. Search the Library catalogue for the few HIS Standards we have purchased.
Use this commercial site to check the validity of standards across different countries. Search the Library catalogue for the few IHS Standards we have purchased. Comprehensive source of technical industry standards as well as government and military standards.