You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page.
Databases are grouped into subject areas. Medical Sciences & Dentistry databases will be particularly useful for your study.
For a comprehensive list of relevant databases, head to A-Z databases - Medical Sciences and Dentistry
In this guide we will provide some search tips and 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.
Many databases often have an official, authorised, and highly structured set of subject headings - also known as a "Thesaurus" - which are used to describe the content of journal articles.
The best known of these thesauri is MeSH, or Medical Subject Headings, devised by the US National Library of Medicine. These are used to index the content in PubMed, as well as several other databases including MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library and JBI Connect+. CINAHL uses its own set of subject headings, which incorporates the MeSH vocabulary, known as CINAHL headings.
In the health sciences, a search using the thesaurus is probably the best type of search you can do. But it's important to check what the subject headings are. CINAHL will make this easier for you by offering a "Suggest Subject Terms" feature, while PubMed will automatically map search terms to MeSH terms.
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.
Journal database videos are available on the Training Tutorials and Videos page.
Saving your search strategy enables someone else to replicate your search.
Keep a record of your search strategies, the sources searched and search results from each.
A search planner, such as the one linked below, may help you to organise your thoughts.
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