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Public Health: Searching for journal articles (TIPS)

Which Database?

Which database?

To conduct a comprehensive literature search, we recommend searching specialist Library databases via the Library homepage. Look for the list of databases under Medicine and Health Sciences.

In health, there are many journal databases, covering different subject areas. The following table will help you choose the most relevant information for your research topic. (TIP: Login using your unikey and password when prompted).


Medline
Scopus
CINAHL 

Tips for searching databases

Develop a search strategy: The following video will help you to breakdown your assignment question into key concepts, and then structure your database search to find the most relevant papers.  Your research plan will also help you with these steps.

Getting started: (3 min VIDEO) Planning your search: (Identify key concepts and combine your terms)


Syntax : You can use a variety of syntax to improve your search. The table below shows you different syntax commands and what they allow you to do. Syntax can vary across databases so check the table below:


Refining your search search results: Literature search is an iterative process.  You rarely find the best papers in your first search attempt.  Whether you have found too many or too few papers, here are some tips to refine your search and find more relevant papers.