For individual research help, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.
The best way to locate articles is through library databases. Go to http://libguides.nvcc.edu/databasesbysubject and look under the categories Health Sciences (DMS, DNA, 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:
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.
radiotherapy AND breast cancer
Use quotation marks ( " " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.
radiotherapy AND "bladder cancer"
Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using malignan* as a search term will include results that refer to malignant and malignancy.
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:
Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.
More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.
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.