Research Guide for

Nursing and Allied Health

Find Articles by Database
Find Articles by Journal Title
Find Articles in Print Journals
Scholarly Sources
Scholarly and Popular Sources (Carnegie Vincent Library)
Research Reminders
Research is a process. You probably won’t find everything you need on the first try. You may have to try several of these databases to find all the information you need.

If you can’t find much on your topic, try different keywords. Developing a list of keywords before you start searching in a database will help your research. Think about your topic. What are the keywords? What are synonyms for those keywords? What are other, related words? Make a list of words and then mix and match them in the databases to help you find articles. As you research, be on the lookout for new keywords to use.
Should I Use Google or Library Resources for a Paper? (NEIU Libraries)
Choosing a Manageable Research Topic (PfauLibrary)
Choosing Keywords (Northwestern University Libraries)
How to Improve your Search Terms (Brock University Library)
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Access Databases from Off Campus
Find Clinical Practice Guidelines
National Guideline Clearinghouse
A database of publicly available, evidence-based, clinical practice guidelines from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Interlibrary Loan
Cite Your Sources (APA)
Find Web Resources
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Minnesota Department of Health Find health information in Minnesota. Covers local organizations and data, as well as many health issues and information.

Agency for Health Research and Quality Find information about healthcare services from the US Department of Health and Human services. Click on Research Tools & Data to find Evidence-Based Reports.
Find MeSH Headings
From the National Library of Medicine, the definition of MeSH Terms: MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. The MeSH thesaurus is used by NLM for indexing articles for the MEDLINE/PubMED®.

This controlled vocabulary is also used by most of the medical reseaerch databases for article indexing. Knowing the MeSH terms for your topic will greatly benefit your searching.