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Health Sciences: Articles

A general guide for health sciences research. For guides specific to the Nursing and Allied Health programs, please see the "NUR & Allied Health Guides" tab. Direct comments to ksnawder@nvcc.edu

Best Databases for Health Sciences

The best way to locate articles is through library databases.  Here are the best bets for general health sciences information:

(Note: if you are in the Nursing or Allied Health programs, please see NUR & Allied Health Guides)

Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals which:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
  • Report on events, issues, or scholarly research.
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.

More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

Search Tips

Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

affordable care act AND seniors

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.

"affordable care act" AND seniors

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word.  Using pollut* as a search term will include results that refer to attend, attends, attended, attendance, and attendant.

attend*

Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.

Spanish Language Databases