Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Database Searching

This self-paced LIANZA online learning course will equip you with the skills to effectively utilise your library’s subscription databases. Developing this skill to a high standard will ensure that you can help your users make full use of these databases.

Course Content

There is a lot of useful information on the internet – however your library gives you access to even more valuable resources through subscription databases. Through this online course you’ll learn:

  • how to identify the subscription databases that your library can access
  • which kinds of questions these databases can answer
  • how to match appropriate databases to a query
  • how to identify key concepts, terms and words in preparation for a search
  • when to search using basic or advanced search interfaces.

Course Content Creator
Alastair Smith started searching online databases in 1980, when the US Dialog service first became available in New Zealand. He worked as a scientific and technology librarian, searching specialised databases, then worked on database development at National Library. Since 1989, Alastair has taught information retrieval and searching to post graduate library and information studies students at Victoria University of Wellington.

Course Format
The course is self-paced and involves approximately three hours of online learning.  Once you start, you will have six months to complete the course – plenty of time to fit your professional development in with a busy schedule.

The course won’t be facilitated by a tutor, you work your way through the material by reading a section of information and answering the check questions at the end of the section.

The course costs NZD$50.00 (GST inclusive) for LIANZA members and personal members of ALIA, and NZD$80.00 (GST inclusive) for non-members.


There are a few simple steps required to get registered for this course. Have a look at our online course registration page, and then get stuck in!

Revalidation and related resources

If you're professionally registered, don’t forget to record the learning in your revalidation journal under BOK 4 and you can search our learning resources for more materials in this area.

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 3:30pm

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