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Database searching practice in central university libraries in India was the focus of this study. Eight central university libraries were selected on the basis of their bandwidth use ranking and grouping. Seven universities have been member of University Grants Commission-Infonet Consortia. Databases are available in seven of the eight university libraries are: ACS, AIP, APS, Annual Review, BWP, CUP, IOP, ISID, JCCC, JSTOR, OUP, RSC, SIAM, Springerlink, and Taylor & Francis. There are 77 databases total in these eight universities. Only Project Muse is common to all the universities, and 69 databases are subscribed by single universities. Some universities provide databases linked through federated search. About fifty retrieval features of these databases were studied.