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Article Databases

The best way to locate articles is through library databases.  Go to and look under the categories Health Sciences (DIT,DNH,EMS,HIM,HLT,MDL,NUR,OTA,PTH,RAD,ROC,RTH) to find a list of relevant databases.  Here are a few databases that you may find particularly helpful:

CINAHL Advanced Search Tutorial

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.

Online Peer-Reviewed Journals

Find Journal by Title

Search for Periodical Titles

Browse Periodicals by Subject

Search Tips

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

tooth decay AND flossing

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

"tooth decay" AND flossing

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using decay* as a search term will include results that refer to decay, decayed, and decaying.


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.