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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.



MeSH Subject Headings

MeSH is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed. It provides a consistent way to retrieve information that may use different terminology for the same concepts.

♦  Find Medical Subject Heading Terms and build a search strategy.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    CINAHL provides full text and indexing to articles in nursing, allied health, and biomedicine literature. Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and several allied health disciplines.
    Coverage: 1982 - Present. Updated: Bimonthly.
  • Cochrane Library
    Cochrane Library provides information on the effects of interventions in health care including review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials. Also includes reviews on: impact of healthcare issues on various demographics and consumer groups, methodological techniques, and geographic and linguistic responsibilities for caregivers.
    Updated: Quarterly.
  • Nursing and Allied Health Source
    Nursing and Allied Health Source contains scholarly journal articles covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and more.
    Coverage: 1986 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • MEDLINE (via PubMed)
    MEDLINE (via PubMed) provides citations and abstracts to the journal literature in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry and more from the U.S. National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database.
    Coverage: Varies - Present. Updated: Continually.
  • Ovid Nursing
    Ovid Nursing provides access to Ovid Nursing Full Text, Nursing@Ovid, and Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR). Simultaneous user limit: 3
    Updated: Regularly.
  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources including allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical overviews; and reference books.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
"human growth hormone" AND (doctor* or nurs*)
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Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.


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