To find health research articles on a particular topic
Search a database that indexes scholarly journals.
Databases often have search features to focus quickly on scholarly research articles instead of popular magazines and news articles. (Google, Google Scholar and other Internet searches will NOT focus on research studies and will yield too many other hits to consider.)
Specific databases can be acessed with a FGCU ID # from: http://library.fgcu.edu/OnlineResources/esources.htm
* Example for CINAHL. Search on the Advanced search page these terms:
Diabetes Mellitus, Insulin-Dependent (MW) AND Glucose Monitoring (MW) AND Experimental (kw) OR quantitative (kw))
and check Limit to: Peer-reviewed and
(Note: not every document coded by "research article" is a primary source; some may be discussions of research in general)
|* Example for Health & Wellness Resource Center. Search on the Advanced search page ANDing the keword
Ex.: Gastric bypass AND study (kw) and check the box next to "Refereed publications."
| *Example for PubMed, an important scholarly database of medical literature. Search in the top search box for your
terms ANDed together
and then click the Limit tab to select limits to Human, etc.
Also under the Limit tab go to "Type of Article" and choose various research types such as
clinical trial, randomized control trial, controlled clinical trial, mulitcenter study, etc.
Ex.: gastric bypass AND weight loss with the limits above. (for experimental studies)
Or, to locate qualitative or naturalistic studies:
| * Example for ABI/Inform for health administration topics . Search on the Advanced Search and include "study" in the citation or abstract.
Also, click on More Options and include the classfication code 8320 (the health care industry) in your
Updated February 11, 2009
for comments or suggestions for this page email:
M.K. Hartung, M.S.P.H., M.A.L.S.,
Health Professions Librarian