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The library subscribes to a range of databases which can be accessed from Mylibrary.
These resources allow access to a varied range of information and services including:
- Subject specific journal databases i.e. collections of journals, but often including other types of information such as book chapters, conference papers and research papers in a particular subject area e.g. IEEE Xplore (computing and engineering)
- Specialist/Themed information e.g. WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors (trends, forecasting, news, inspiration)
- Specific information types such as British Standards Online (Standards), Global Newsstream (newspapers) and Box of Broadcasts (TV and radio programmes)
- Individual resources such as Britannica Online (encyclopedia)
- Training/skills/alert services such as LinkedIn Learning (video tutorials - business, technology and creative skills), Cite Them Right Online (referencing) and Zetoc Alert (current awareness).
See below for guidance on how to access these specialist databases.
Specialist databases relevant to your programme are listed to the right.
Accessing Specialist Databases
Subject Specific Journal Databases
Journal databases enable access to journal articles and may also contain conference proceedings, research papers, newspapers, TV programmes and Standards.
Journal databases can usually be searched by subject and more specifically by author, type of material, article title, publisher, year, language or organisation.
Many databases provide full-text articles i.e. the articles can be read online.
Databases which are useful for BIM and architectural technology programmes include:
ACM Digital Library Description: Database of papers published and marketed by the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) including journal and newsletter articles, and conference proceedings; plus citations/abstracts to material from other publishers.
Subject Scope: All areas of computing science.
Date Range: 60 years of ACM archives
Full Text: Yes for ACM publications
Bloomsbury Architectural Library This is a key digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism and interior design. It gives access to a wide-range of texts and images from historical to contemporary material.
Business Source Complete Description: Business Source Complete is our most comprehensive business database with content from peer reviewed (scholarly) journal and magazine articles. Most articles are full text. Business reports with industry, company and country profiles are also included.
Design and Applied Arts Index Description: DAAI is an international index to the contents of design and crafts journals since 1973, and is the only database devoted to this subject area. Subjects covered include advertising, jewellery, metalsmithing, packaging, graphic design, fashion, textiles, design management etc. In addition DAAI also includes other searchable databases: international directories of associations, journals, educational establishments, archives and special collections.
IEEE Xplore (IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)) Description: Access to quality technical literature from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines and conference proceedings, IET journals and conference proceedings, and IEEE published standards.
Subject Scope: Electrical engineering, computing science and electronics.
Date Range: Mainly from 1988 onwards, with some select content published since 1893.
Full Text: Yes
Science Direct Description: A leading full-text scientific database providing access to journal articles from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals.
Web of Science Description: Includes:
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Conference Proceedings Citation Index: Science
Conference Proceedings Citation Index: Social Science and Humanities
Social Sciences Citation Index
Science Citation Index
(See individual databases for more information)
Subject Scope: Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences
Date Range: Varied
Full Text: No
WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors Description: Worth Global Style Network Lifestyle & Interiors is an online trend forecasting and product design tool for the industrial design, home and interiors market across 16 product categories, including furniture, lighting, textiles, interiors, garden design
Subject Scope: Interiors, product design, packaging, textiles, marketing, trends, forecasting, business strategy, trade news, trade shows
Date Range: Current
Specific Information Types
BoB (Box of Broadcasts) The first time you use this you will have to sign in with your Middlesex email address.
Description: BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is a shared online off-air TV and radio recording service we subscribe to. BoB enables all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels from the last 30 days plus access to BBC TV and radio Archive going back to 2007.
British Standards Online (BSOL) Middlesex University has access to a Custom Collection of up to 150 British Standards. Contact Vanessa Hill (email@example.com) to request full text access to Standards not currently in our subscription.
Digimap Description: Ordnance Survey Map Data available for download to use with appropriate application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap online. Users may view and print maps of any location in Great Britain at a series of predefined scales, and also download map data for use, for example, in GIS software on their own desktop.
Date Range: 2000-
Full Text: Yes
Global Newsstream Features full-text global news content from the present time to 1980s, from newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites.
Kanopy Films online via the Kanopy streaming service. Content includes: Popular documentaries, Oscar winners and nominees, classic films, short films and independent films.
UK Data Service Description: UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC which provides a unified point of access to the extensive range of high quality economic and social data, including valuable census data.
Britannica (Encyclopedia) Description: 100,000 professionally edited and researched articles on just about every subject, thesaurus & dictionary of quotations, links to 800,000 full-text journal and magazine articles plus full text E-books and primary sources, World Data Analyst (current and past statistics and interactive World Atlas) and automatic citations at the end of articles.
DETAIL inspiration Databank The DETAIL inspiration online databank gives users access to more than 5,500 DETAIL project documentations. By using professional search functions and filter options to find key terms such as building type, material, construction year or the topic of an issue, DETAIL inspiration supports architects both in their quest for solutions and in their daily work. The projects can be organized and saved as needed in personal watchlists.
Cite Them Right Online Description: Cite them right online covers a comprehensive range of source types, alongside detailed advice on referencing and its importance in academic work
Subject Scope: For use by students in Business, Criminology and Sociology, Health and Education, Science and Technology and Work Based Learning. Art and Design, Law and 3rd year H&E should follow the links in the Referencing Library Subject guide. http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
LinkedIn Learning Make the most of free access to LinkedIn Learning and your time at Middlesex University, activate your LinkedIn Learning account and connect it to your LinkedIn profile page to:
• retain a permanent record of your learning history
• grow your network of like-minded people
• increase your employment prospects after graduation
To find out more, visit the LinkedIn Learning Subject Guide here (https://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/linkedinlearning)
Warning: if you do not save your learning history on your LinkedIn profile page it cannot be retrieved after graduation.
Zetoc Description: Provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings. It includes an email alerting service, to enable you to keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers.
Subject Scope: Covers all subject areas.
Date Range: From 1993 onwards