Journals & Databases

          ♦ Journal Finder (Library Search)                                   ♦ A-Z of Library Databases

DCU Library subscribes to over 60,000 e-journals and over 140 databases.  Some of the most popular ones include


A-Z Journals and Journal Articles

Journal articles are excellent sources of scholarly information because they provide very in-depth, up-to-date coverage of a subject. They are typically very structured and written by experts in a given field. Crucially, journal articles that appear in scholarly academic journals are "peer-reviewed" which means they have been critically reviewed and evaluated by a panel of experts before being approved for publication. All of this means that you are assured of excellent quality of information in a published journal article.

To see if we have access to a specific journal, look up the title using the Journal Finder (Library Search).  If we have the title, you will be able to link to it online or, in the case of print journals, you will see where it is shelved in the library.

When you have a reference to a specific journal article that you would like to read, first search the Journal Finder (Library Search) using the journal title. If access is available online, follow the link to locate the journal article using the year, volume and issue and page number.

If you don’t have a specific reference but want to search for articles within a specific journal, you can search for the title and then use the ‘search inside this journal’ feature to find articles by keyword/topic.

Find Articles

If you want to find journal articles on a topic, you can use the New Search tab. New Search allows you to search across many of our databases at once. This is great for multi-disciplinary searches or to start off your research. If you want results more tailored to your discipline, choose an appropriate database from the A-Z Databases list

A-Z Databases

Databases are incredibly powerful engines that allow us to search the content of thousands of journal articles by keyword, as well as provide us with electronic access to the full text of many of them. Some databases are multi-disciplinary whilst others are discipline-specific.  Choose a database to search from the A-Z Databases  list.  

DCU students and staff can access these resources both on and off campus.  


Currently registered staff and students of DCU can access all of the Library's databases, e-journals and e-books off-campus.

To take advantage of this facility, always start your search from the Library catalogue. Then, simply click on the database, e-journal or e-book you wish to consult. For many resources, entering your DCU username and password when prompted will give access . This is the username and password you received when you registered with DCU.


Some resources will require you to select your institution at the outset, while others require a personal account to be created for the individual resource.

On all occasions you will be prompted when accessing the resource.  If you experience any problems accessing our resources please contact us via email: or via our library Chat service.

These electronic resources subscribed to by DCU Library may be used within the DCU network, or off-campus, by DCU registered staff and students only. 

Use of these resources is for the purpose of non-commercial DCU-related teaching, learning, research and administration work only. It is not permitted to facilitate database access to any other person(s) for any other purpose. Such use will breach licence terms and may leave the parties concerned, and/or users as defined above who facilitate such third party use, open to legal sanction. Systematic downloading or retention of information from databases using robots, spiders or manual means is not permitted. Where publishers suspect misuse in the form of systematic downloading they will cut off access to resources for the whole DCU community, thus depriving responsible users of access to material for their research and learning.