The following databases and websites will help you find reliable and authoritative information, research or statistics to aid in your studies.
Most databases allow you to search across a large collection of e-journals, newspapers, magazines, reports, dissertations and sometimes ebooks and videos as well.
To search across the whole Robertson Library catalogue, including what is on the shelves, use Library Search | Ketu.
The databases listed below are a mix of open access (freely available) databases and ones that the Otago Polytechnic subscribes to.
The databases the Otago Polytechnic subscribes to will prompt you to log in with your student / staff username and password.
The results from databases will include the complete reference (citation) for the item as well as a brief summary (or abstract). In some cases, you will also be able to access the entire article (the full text) and download it. Two advantages to using databases over a general web search is the ability to limit the results to research articles (aka scholarly, academic or peer reviewed articles) and the increased opportunity to access the full text.
Use your student username and password for all databases.
For a list of databases grouped by subject, visit the subject guides page. You can also access more resources relevant to your subject or course.
Use this ProQuest database to search across a collection of journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics magazines and country-and industry-focused reports.
The ACM Digital Library (IT and Computing)
A comprehensive database of full-text articles and research relevant to computing and information technology; including the complete collection of ACM publications.
This EBSCO database allows you to search for articles on a range of art and design topics (e.g. fine art, decorative art, commercial art, photography, folk art, film and architecture). There is no full-text access from this database (abstract only).
This EBSCO database provides full-text access to articles from a variety leading Australia/New Zealand magazines, academic journals, newspapers, newswires and content from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This database is recommended for students wanting to find articles from New Zealand publications relevant to their topic.
Bridget Williams Books Treaty of Waitangi Collection (New Zealand)
This ebook collection provides access to Treaty scholarship literature, with more books to be added over time.
Britannica Academic (multidisciplinary)
The aim of this resource is provide trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights. Entries include country information and data, biographies and articles on a variety of topic areas (from science to political systems and from the arts & literature to geography).
Career and Technical Education: Science & Technology (Multidisciplinary) ProQuest databases help guide
A ProQuest databases providing (mostly) full-text access to vocation information in the areas of: Computing science, Healthcare, Building trades, Engineering, Auto mechanics, Sales and retail, Accounting, Graphic design, and Photography.
Chemistry (Gale Interactive):
This database includes interactive 3-D models that allow students to explore elements, reactions, crystals, molecules, and compounds.
Use this EBSCO database to search across a large collection of peer viewed nursing and allied health journals. Full-text is available for most articles. This database is recommended for students taking, nursing, occupational therapy, midwifery, the certificate in heath or massage therapy.
Cochrane Library (Health - Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery)
Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that provide evidence-based healthcare research around the effectiveness of different health care treatments and interventions (such as systematic reviews and clinical trials assessments). This database is freely available and full text access to the research is limited.
Use ProQuest’s DAAI database to search for articles in academic journals, magazines and newspapers relevant to design and the applied arts (from 1973 onwards). There is no full-text access to articles in this database - reference & abstract/summaries only. The database is updated monthly.
Engineering Source is an EBSCO database that allows you to search across a large collection of engineering journals, magazines and trade publications (monographs, books, conference papers and proceedings). The database provides a mix of full-text and abstract only access.
ERIC is an open access index of education research developed by the Institute of Education Science. Results include articles from peer reviewed journals, reports and conference papers. There is no full-text access to the results in this database, unless they are already freely available online. Most results will provide the reference & abstract/summary only.
findNZarticles (New Zealand)
This database lets you search for research across a number of NZ research organisations, agencies and Libraries. Full-text access to the results is limited to the research that’s been made open access.
Gale Databases (Multidisciplinary)
Link through to the list of database collections available from Gale Cengage. Select a particular collection or search across them all. Subjects include: business, current affairs, economics, health, history, life sciences, psychology, physical sciences, social sciences, sports studies, technology, vocation and careers, politics and popular culture.
Gale Interactive: Science (Gale Interactive)
An online interactive database that cover key science subjects including biology, chemistry, earth science and human anatomy. Authoritative content is paired with interactive 3D models.
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection (Horticulture)
This Gale Cengage database provides access to academic journals and magazines relevant to horticultural studies. The database provides a mix of full-text and abstract only access.
General OneFile (Multidisciplinary)
A general-interest database that searches across more than 8,000 newspapers, magazines and journals. Full text access to most results.
Google Scholar (Multidisciplinary)
This Google search limits your search results to peer reviewed research (mostly journal articles and books). If you’re connected to the Otago Polytechnic network, Otago Poly Article Link will show up next to the Google Scholar results that are available through the Library databases.
This EBSCO database allows you to search for information with an ‘environmental impact’ focus across a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Some results provide full text access but most are abstract only.
Health & Wellness Resource Center (Health)
This a database of consumer health resources from Cengage. Access authoritative information on health-related issues.
Health Navigator (Health – New Zealand)
The Health Navigator website is set up for New Zealanders to find reliable and trustworthy health information and self care resources.
Use this EBSCO database to search a collection of academic journals, trade magazines and newspapers on subjects related to culinary arts, hospitality, food and beverage management and tourism and leisure. This database is an index so the results will only provide access to the abstract (summary).
Human Anatomy (Gale Interactive)
This database includes interactive 3-D models that allow students to deep dive into specific systems or regions of the body.
Index New Zealand (Multidisciplinary – NZ publications)
Need to find information on a topic from a New Zealand publication? This database searches NZ newspapers, academic journals, popular magazines and trade journals published since the 1950s. This is an index so the results will provide the reference & abstract/summary only.
Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice (Health - Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery)
Access the evidence based practice documents in the Joanna Briggs midwifery, nursing and allied health collection (e.g. evidence summaries, systematic reviews, consumer information sheets, technical reports and best practice information sheets).
JSTOR (Arts & Sciences III collection)
This database is great for studies in Art, Design and Architecture. It provides full text access to JSTOR's Arts & Sciences III collection and the Art, Art History and Architecture package. All the all titles in this collection are also available in Library Search | Ketu.
This literature database is international in scope and covers all time periods. Content includes: poems and poem citations, short stories and novels, essays, speeches, and plays. LitFinder also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary.
Lippincott Procedures (Nursing)
Lippincott Procedures provides real-time access to step-by-step guides for over 1,700 evidence-based procedures and skills in a variety of speciality settings. Written by clinicians for clinicians, the information includes: required equipment, quick lists to follow, patient instructions, complications to consider, skills checklist, competency tests and hundreds of video clips, diagrams and full-colour images.
Lippincott Procedures also has an app! It's free to download from Google Play and Apple Appstore and includes 30 days of offline access. Read the following before downloading:
Download the app on the Otago Polytechnic network and choose the option to authenticate via IP. Then, to ensure off-line access for 30-days, switch the 'Keep me logged in' button to 'On'.
Working or studying at a distance? Contact the Robertson Library to get set up with a username and password to authenticate access. To maintain access to the app when offline, remember to switch the 'Keep me logged in' button to 'On'.
This EBSCO database has been designed for public libraries. It provides full-text access to a collection of magazines, reference books and primary source documents (e.g. newspaper articles) and images on a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues (mostly American).
Ministry of Health Publications (Health – New Zealand)
Browse the research publications and statistics available from the Ministry of Health website.
This database is provided by SciQuest and it provides information about articles from New Zealand and Australian veterinary and animal science publications. Some results are available in full text and others are citation and abstract only.
This ProQuest database is designed for those preparing for a career in healthcare, teaching patient care, or engaged in nursing research. The contents are a mix of academic/scholarly literature, clinical training videos, reference materials, evidence-based resources, systematic reviews and dissertations.
This database from EBSCO is designed specifically for nurses - providing evidence-based information and summaries for point of care, continuing education, nursing research and more.
nzresearch.org.nz (multidisciplinary – research repository - NZ research)
A site that lets you search across the research repositories of NZ’s polytechnics and universities. Many of the results can be downloaded as PDFs and these include theses, conference papers and posters, journal articles, reports, creative works, working and discussion papers and book chapters.
OpenCorporates is the largest open database of companies and company data in the world.
OPRES: Otago Polytechnic Research Repository (multidisciplinary – research repository - NZ research)
OPRES, the Otago Polytechnic Research Repository, collects, preserves and distributes digital material. Many of the results can be downloaded as PDFs.
OT CATS (Health – Occupational Therapy)
This is a freely available database of CATs (critically appraised topics) and CAPs (critically appraised papers) related to occupational therapy interventions. Results will include a link to the full text pdf, if it has been made freely available online.
OT Seeker (Health – Occupational Therapy)
This freely available database provides access to the abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to Occupational Therapy interventions. Results may include a link to the full text if they are in freely available online.
Oxford Art Online (Art)
This database is culmination of Grove Art Online, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and the Oxford Companion to Western Art.
This database is culmination of Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.
PEDro (Health – allied health)
This is an open database of physiotherapy evidence based research, such as randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. Results will supply the citation and abstract (summary). Some results may link to the full-text if it has been made freely available online.
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection (Sports studies, Physical education)
This Gale Cengage database provides access to a collection academic journals and magazines covering the fields of fitness and sports. Some results may include links to the full article for others the citation and abstract is supplied.
This ProQuest database lets you search across many of ProQuest’s smaller database collections of academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers, trade journals and some ebooks. These smaller collections include a Health & Medicine collection, Psychology journals collection, Science & Technology, and a Social Science journals collection. The majority of the results are full-text available.
PubMed Central (Health - Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Sports medicine)
This is a database of health, allied health and medical research that is open access / freely available online - it is maintained by the US National Library of Medicine.
PubMed (Health - Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Sports medicine)
This is an open database from the US National Library of Medicine - it provides access to the citations and abstracts of millions of health, allied health and medical research articles. Some results may include links to the full article but only if they are open access / freely available online.
Safari Tech Books Online (IT & computing)
This ebook collection is primarily made up of IT and computing manuals. These ebooks are read online, they can’t be downloaded.
An EBSCO database dedicated to sports studies and sports psychology and medicine. Most results have full text access.
Taylor and Francis (Multidisclipinary)
Search the range of academic journals published by Taylor & Francis on a wide range of subject areas. There is full text access to articles from some of these journals.
Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand (New Zealand)
A comprehensive online guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
Te Puna Search (Multidisclipinary – New Zealand)
Search the collections of New Zealand libraries. Items not held in the Robertson Library or University of Otago Libraries can often be requested using the Library Interloan Service.
The Hub (New Zealand research)
Access an open database that provides access to NZ social science research funded by public service departments, NZ Police, the Children's Commissioner and more. The site is provided by the Families Commission's Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu).
The Maori health Review (New Zealand - Research)
Māori Health Review provides regular updates on research in the Māori Health area.
Trove (Multidisciplinary - Australian research repository)
Trove helps you find resources relating to Australia - it brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research organisations.