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Health Studies: Find Articles

Search Tips

  • Use terms found in your background reading on the subject
  • Use the Thesaurus or Subject Terms listings, if available, in the databases you are searching
  • When you find a record for an item that is useful to you, look at its subject headings or descriptors for more ideas

If you get too many results— 

  • Consider narrowing down the search terms in an Abstract or even in the Title field
  • Try searching by Subject, rather than by Keyword (or by a combination of Subjects and Keywords or other fields)
  • Try phrase searching (usually by using " " around the phrase)
  • Use other limiters, if appropriate, such as a specific type of publication (Peer Reviewed, for example) or a specific time period

If your search does not yield enough results---

  • Check your search to see if you entered it and spelled it as you intended
  • Try other search terms and use OR between the terms to find items with any one of the terms
  • Try using a truncation symbol (often an *) to retrieve results with varying forms of a word (educat*, for example)
  • Look at the bibliographies of items that are closely related to your topic. 
  • Search in a different database or ask a reference librarian

Need Articles Not Owned By The PNW Library?

If you need an article or book that the Library does not own, the Library will borrow it from another library for you via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services. Before requesting an Interlibrary Loan, you need to establish your ILL account. Click Interlibrary Loan link and follow the instructions for first time users to register.

Once you have done this, you need only to log into your account to place and monitor your ILL transactions. ILL requests may take 7-10 days to fill. A paper notice will be sent to you when the book arrives.

Databases focused on health

Different Journal Types

Popular Journal/ Magazine

Authors: Reporters, Magazine staff, or Freelance Writers
Audience: General Public
Purpose: Inform, entertain, and cover special interests
Content: Personalities, news and general interest articles
Language: Non-technical
Articles: Brief, providing broad overviews
Review Process: No Formal peer review process, reviewed by editors on staff
Bibliography: Articles rarely include references

Professional/Trade

Authors: Practitioners, Educators, or Specialists within the profession or trade
Audience: Professional in the fields, researchers, and students
Purpose: Provide information and news to practitioners in a profession
Content: New trends, techniques and organizational news
Language: Technical terminology of the profession
Articles: Length varies
Review Process: Includes some peer-review periodicals, most are reviewed by editors (often professionals in the field)
Bibliography: Occasionally cite sources

Scholarly Journal

Authors: Scholars, Researchers, or Experts in the Field
Audience: Researchers, Scholars, Students
Purpose: Inform, report and share original research and experimentation with the rest of the scholarly world
Content: Research results, methodology and theory
Language: Terminology and language of the discipline, reader is assumed to have similar background
Articles: Lengthy, providing in-depth analysis
Review Process: Reviewed by a board of experts in the field or by the author’s peers (peer reviewed)
Bibliography: References/ Bibliographies are always included. Bibliographies or endnotes are  in formal style.

How can you tell the difference between scholarly journal and popular magazine articles? Watch this video.  

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