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These are electronic resources that are available to you, if you have a Swindon College login account. The electronic resources, e-books, journals and databases you can access as part of your studies, are provided under licence agreements. They are only to be used for study purposes, for the length of your course. Use for commercial purposes is not allowed. Substantial downloading from an e-book, journal or database is banned by the publisher.

To find out more about academic databases (what they are, how to access them and how to search in them) go to our Moodle pages here.

Academic databases


  • Gale - General and useful for most subjects at Swindon College. It contains links to: 
    - JISC FE
    - General One FILE
  • MEDLINE - Life sciences and bio-medical information. Includes journal articles on medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care.
  • SportDiscus - Includes sports and sports medicine journals. Topics include: bio-mechanics, drugs, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports and exercise psychology, coaching and education.
  • GreenFILE - Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment. It’s a collection of scholarly, government and general interest titles include content on: global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
  • JSTOR - Journal archive for Arts, Humanities, Science and Social Science.

Other useful online resources


  • Dawson Ebooks - Provides full-text access to a collection of ebooks purchased by the LRC. The collection contains titles across all subjects taught at Swindon College. 
  • ISSUES Online - Provides up-to-date information on contemporary social issues such as: crime & justice, drugs & alcohol, economics & welfare, environmental & global issues, family & relationships, health & well-being, media, rights & discrimination and science & health. This resource contains: videos, key facts, lesson ideas and short ebooks.
  • IHS - Access to British Industry Standards. It is aimed at professionals working in construction and engineering. It contains links to: 
     - CIS (Construction Information Service): current construction regulations, standards, technical advice and briefings.
     - Specify-It: catalogue pages, CAD drawings and manufacturer/supplied information essential to the UK construction industry
     - Engineer-it: Access information about engineering components, materials, equipment, suppliers and services. 
     - SCI Blue Book: Produced by the Steel Construction Institute. It is an essential aid for the design of steel work. 
  • RefMe - A free tool (requiring you to sign up) that quickly creates reference lists in over 7000 different styles (includes: Oxford Brookes University and Swindon College styles).