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Common literature search database

Common literature search database
In part two we will share with you about relevant websites for literature search. There are mainly two types of website you can use. Firstly, the website for Chinese journal, secondly is the website for the foreign language journals, mainly English language.
Now this is Chinese journal websites. There are four major databases we use for Chinese journal. The first one is CNKI database. Second one is VIP database. Third is WANFANG database. And the last is E-book database. For these three database, you can retrieve all of the journal articles. And you can also retrieve conference papers or even the doctor thesis. But for last database, the E-book database, it is mainly for the search of the relevant E-books.
Now I will show you the interfaces of the four Chinese databases. The first picture is the screenshot of the CNKI database. As you can see from the button here, you can use title, abstract or keywords to search. You can filter your own search index.
Next picture is a screenshot of VIP database. Similarly, it uses the same logic to search the relevant journal articles and the statistic report.
Next one is the screenshot for WANFANG database.
You can search conference paper and PhD thesis. Of course, you can also search the journal articles.
Lastly, is Chaoxing Digital Library, which is the e-book database that you can access to all relevant book resources in this database. Next is the database websites for English language. There are mainly four foreign databases we use in our field. First is SpringerLink, next one is ScienceDirect. Also we have EBSCO database. Last is Web of Science. The difference is that for the previous three databases, you can search all of the journal articles, and you can have the full text from the three databases. But for the last database Web of Science, it only offers the abstract, the title and keywords of each article. It won’t offer full text. Let’s see the specific samples of the four databases.
The first screenshot is from SpringerLink. For the SpringerLink, similarly, you can filter the field you want to search. In our tourism field, you can search business and management fields, also you can search the field of social science. Next one is the ScienceDirect screenshot. Same to other databases, you can also use the keywords, author name, or journal title for your search. And also you can use advanced search for a more accurate search. The third one is EBSCO database. And the last one is the Web of Science database. Again, in this database, this database will only show abstract, title and keywords. If you want to search the full text of the journal articles, you can click the link offered by this database.
It offers the full text link rather than the full text itself. After we know the different databases we can use in our field, now let’s have a practice. Now everyone please conduct literature retrieval exercise on the topics of female tourism safety, elderly tourism motivation, university students’ tourism and tourist satisfaction in attractions. Now we have three topics. The first one is female tourism safety. Second topic is elderly tourism motivation towards the motivation for senior tours. Then the last topic is university students’ tourism and tourist satisfaction in the attractions. Can you try by yourself how to use the three topics to search in the different databases and to use different methods we have discussed just now.

In this video, we will share with you about relevant websites for literature search.

By the end of this video, you will have a better understanding of different literature databases.

Normally, what research websites do you use to search literature you need?

Could you please share with the peer learners the literature databases you know or you have used?

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