It is difficult to state categorically that some databases are more appropriate for researching Academic Writing than others because it is part of every discipline and everything that we do at university. You may wish to explore the databases listed in the other LibGuides to find ones that are relevant to your own field.
I have listed five databases here that I would tend to use, but you may well discover your own favourites. There is a fuller, annotated list of resources to the right.
Where we buy two or more databases from the same service, such as EbscoHost or ProQuest you can simultaneously cross-search them by selecting the Choose Databases link above the search box, or in the top menu bar and choosing the appropriate ones.
Try using "..." around common phrases such as "project management" to retrieve the exact phrase
Try using the truncation symbol * to retrieve all variant endings of words. e.g. work* will find work, works, worker, workers, working, workplace, etc.
When using the ProQuest databases change the end menu from 'Anywhere' to 'Anywhere except full text'
When using the Sage or Emerald databases, tick the radio button for 'Only content to which I have full access'
The links below are for databases to which the library subscribes, the majority of which can be used to search for academic journal articles. Run your mouse over each title to see a description of the resource.
The links below are for web sites that I come across which I think may be of use or interest. Please contact me if you would like to add anything that you feel would be of use to others.