This section of the guide introduces you to the wonders of journal databases! This is explained below, and for more information do check out the Library's guide - Database Help.
In this guide, we will give you some search tips, as well as more information on some of the important databases you will no doubt become familiar with:
A journal database is an organised collection of indexed information records, most often from journal articles. This is where you would head when you need to search for information published in journals.
An information record in a journal database may contain:
Some online journals are open access, which means anyone can access the articles freely. However, most online journals require a subscription for access to the full text of articles, which can be very expensive. This is where the Library comes in. We subscribe to thousands of online journals on your behalf. To access them you must go through the Library website - either Primo Search or a link from a journal database. That ensures that you are an authorised user of the material.
For assistance please see our Database Help Library Resource Guide.
Or consider attending one of our Library Research Online Library Workshops
You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page.
Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Nursing databases will be particularly useful for your study.
For a comprehensive list of relevant databases, head to A-Z databases - Nursing.
In this guide we will have a look at the following journal databases in detail:
Depending on the emphasis of your research question, other databases which may be helpful include:
Be sure to contact a Librarian if you need help navigating these resources.
The Library has access to this point of care database. It is an extremely useful tool which summarises the best evidence on a range of health conditions in a number of specialties.
Continually updated, use this resource wisely. Check the extensive reference lists to find the primary studies contributing to the evidence base. In your assessment tasks, quote the original articles where you can, rather than the UpToDate summary.
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