The databases open for the University of Tartu can be accessed via the link Databases on the Library homepage. The link leads to an alphabetical list of databases.
To find databases on your subject, choose one of the Faculties: Medicina, Realia et naturalia, Socialia or Humaniora and then click on Filter databases.
On the Databases page, by clicking on the icon after the database name a brief introduction to the database will open.
Many specialities are provided with bibliographic or abstracts databases that enable to get an overview of all materials published in the given field (newspaper articles and other sources, e.g. conference proceedings, dissertations, articles in various collections, books, book reviews, etc.). Besides bibliographic data, abstracts databases also contain abstracts of articles or other documents. For example, ERIC (education), PsycInfo (psychology , MLA International Bibliography (linguistics and literary science), SciFinder Scholar (chemistry). Medline (medcine), SportDiscus and many others.
Some databases may be both abstracts and full text databases at the same time. For instance, the EBSCO database Academic Search Complete offers bibliographic data and abstracts for 11900 journal titles, and full texts of articles for 7900 journal titles.
Databases are interlinked. Quite often it is possible, when searching a bibliographic or reference database, to get information whether the item can be accessed and read immediately.
Many databases are accessible from a common platform and they can be searched by a common user interface.
Abstracts and full text databases of different fields of science, as well as the multidisciplinary abstracts and full text database Academic Search Complete, are accessible via EBSCO host on the EBSCO platform. On the search page you can specify which databases you want to search.
With EBSCO Discovery you can at once search from most databases and other information resources that are accessible for University of Tartu.
With Web of Science you can access the Clarivate Analytics citation database Web of Science Core Collection and the Journal Citation Reports database, reflecting journal impact factors. Essential Science Indicators is a database that helps to analyse and evaluate the quality of research on the levels of scientists, institutions and countries.
SCOPUS is a multidisciplinary abstracts and citations database that belongs to the information and analytics company Elsevier. It offers abstracts for more than 15 000 scientific journals. By the publisher’s assessment, the database includes about 80% of international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Web of Science Core Collection and SCOPUS are similar to a certain extent, their main difference being the fact that the SCOPUS’s selection of journals is wider, but the WOS’s selection has a longer temporal range. These databases complement each other and the University of Tartu Library is happy to have access to both of them.
There are also a number of publisher-scpecific databases that contain the e-journals of a single publisher. These publishers offer their e-journals in their own databases on separate platforms. The University of Tartu Library has access to the following publishers' e-journal databases, containing journals from different fields of science.
Sage Journals Online
Taylor & Francis Online
Wiley Online Library
JSTOR (Journal Storage - The Scholarly Journal Archive) is an important multidisciplinary full text database. This is an archive of scholarly journals, giving access mainly to older volumes of journals, mostly from the beginning of the publication of the journals. The database does not include 3-5 recent volumes of the journals. Access to recent volumes of these journals should be checked at the library portal of e-journals.
Project Muse is a collection of e-journals on the humanities and social sciences.
Annual Reviews contains review journals on different subject areas.
There are a number of other full text databases that contain journals on only one subject area either from one or several different publishers, such as e-journals of the American Chemical Society and American Physical Society, American Society for Microbiology, Beck-Online (law), BioOne Fulltext (biology and environmental science), BREPOLIS databases (the humanities), CSIRO Publishing (natural sciences), IEEE Xplore (computer science, electronics), Institute of Physics (IOP) electronic journals, Nature Publishing e-journals, PsycArticles and others.