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Mining and Minerals Engineering: finding and using library resources for assignments: 4. Research databases



Databases provide access to scholarly research, including journal articles, conference proceedings and books.


Databases for your subject


What is a database?

Research databases enable you to see what has been published in the area you are researching. They contain detailed records of thousands of journal articles, book references and conference proceedings. These records usually include the article title, authors, abstract (a brief summary), keywords (to enable your search to find it) and more.

Why should I use a database?

  • They are a valuable way of searching for published scholarly research across a wide number of sources
  • You can build complex searches using sophisticated search interfaces. There will be plenty of options to refine your searches, ensuring that the results are likely to be relevant to your needs
  • They contain huge numbers of records, and thus provide comprehensive subject coverage
  • They also provide frequent (often daily) indexing, and so are very up to date

It is important to note:

  • Some databases provide full text access to the articles themselves.
  • Some databases are primarily indexes or bibliographic databases, and although they provide information about the content of a journal article, they may not provide full-text access to the actual article itself.
  • Some databases are a mixture of full-text and indexed/bibliographic access.


So, when searching databases, be prepared for an extra step. 

After finding a relevant article or book you need to check whether you have access to that item, either in print or in full-text online.  Many of the databases will have a Check for this at Exeter button; clicking on this link will check whether we have access to the item.



Core databases for your subject

A full text database of technical papers, reports and journal articles from mining and minerals societies such as the Society of Mining Engineers (SME), Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM), AusIMM.and SAIMM.

A key source of technical information for engineers and scientists. Knovel provides interactive graphs and equations, plus ebooks and databooks. Knovel has a section on Mining Engineering & Extractive Metallurgy

Watch Knovel video tutorials to learn more.


Find maps in geological journal literature by search terms or by geographic region. Links to the full text of the articles are included. Most maps are georeferenced and the data can be integrated into tools such as ArcGIS and GoogleEarth. 

Watch this demo of (7 mims) to learn how to use the database

A database of peer-reviewed journals, articles and book chapters and open access content. Primarily covering science, including earth and planetary sciences, technology and medicine

Get started by using the Make the most of your access to ScienceDirect pdf


Web of Science  (WoS) is one of the key research databases that enables you to search across global literature on a topic. You can use sophisticated search techniques to help pinpoint the information you need. You can also use WoS functionality to link through to full text (where available) and examine related references and cited references in order to broaden your research.

See below for brief instructions on how to search the database and try the Activity in the left hand column. 


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