We provide access to a range of online databases to help with your research. Some databases allow you to search hundreds of different journals and books at the same time to find out what has been published on a topic or subject while more specialist databases give access to particular types of information and resources.

Using our databases will let you access:

  • Full text articles from e-journals and other publications
  • Abstracts
  • Citation and bibliometric information
  • Newspaper articles
  • Ebooks
  • Maps
  • Datasets and statistics
  • Government publications
  • Case law
  • Images
  • Audio and video
  • Theses
  • Primary sources

For a full list of our online databases see the E-resources Guide. You can search by keyword, see lists of databases by subject area and category or browse the complete A-Z list. Click on the More Info button to learn more about a specific resource.

Accessing databases

The databases that we subscribe to can be accessed both on and off campus; you may need to login with a University username and password.

Access to full text

If a database only includes abstracts sometimes you may still be able to access the full text of journal articles and books. Clicking the Find It @ York button in a database will use YorSearch to check whether we have access to the article you've found.

Finding articles for your subject

Explore resources for your area of study with our Subject Guides which provide information about materials relevant to your department.

Help using databases

Like websites, databases are all designed differently but most databases do include help pages.

The Academic sources section of our Skills Guides give ideas on how to search for different types of information.

Further information

More information about our wider collections of electronic resources and how to access them.