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1. Most of what you find on Google isn't scholarly.
2. When you do find something scholarly on Google, the site often asks you to pay for it.
3. You should never have to pay for content. That's what the library is for!
CINAHL: This database, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health, draws information from more than 3000 journals. In order to link to the full text of articles, use the Find It link.
Academic Onefile or General Onefile: These databases are huge and useful for finding information on almost any topic. Information is coming from journals, magazines, books, newspapers, videos, and podcasts. If an article is not automatically in full text, use the Find It link to try to link out to full text.
PubMed: This is the largest biomedical database, and is cross-searching over 5000 journals that have been selected by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). With these journals being selected by NLM for inclusion in PubMed, you can consider the content to be scholarly. In order to link to the full text of articles: 1) Click into the article record 2) Use the Find It link.
Health & Wellness Resource Center: This database by default, searches medical encyclopedias and patient information resources, providing very nice succinct information on conditions and tests, but also searches journals, magazines, pamphlets, videos, newspapers.
Selecting a Database:
On the list of databases, certain databases will have the following icon next to them:
The "i" icon will link you to a database tutorial. Databases with an "i" icon tend to be the more heavily used databases.
Health & Medical Database List
What is a database?? A database is "A collection of information organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. You can think of a database as an electronic filing system."
So, if you want to find information on a certain topic, such as respiratory care, you can do a keyword search to find the related files.