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This 2-page handout describes some search techniques and how to connect to full text articles after doing a database search.
Build more effective searches by learning about "Boolean operators" when connecting your search terms.
Recommended Key Databases
Search these indexes for journal, magazine or newspapers articles, book reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, etc.
Use the advanced search option! This database is produced by the National Library of Medicine and indexes articles in medical research journals. Updated daily, PubMed (a version of MEDLINE) covers about 4,000 sources of biomedical literature in the broadest sense.
Journal citations and abstracts for medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the healthcare system. Publication date coverage: 1966 to present.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Covers communications disorders and special education. Publication date coverage: 1973 to present
Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines. Publication date coverage: 1887 to present.
Covers major journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. Publication coverage varies by journal title.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Indexing and abstracts for over 400 journals, including full text for nearly 200 journals in areas related to communication, including communication disorders. Publication coverage varies by journal title.
Academic Search Ultimate
Academic journals and popular magazines from all disciplines.
Additional Databases to Consider
Depending on your specific topic, population of interest, approach, etc., consider one of the following specialized databases. For more online resources, check out the complete Database List.
Dissertation & Theses A&I (ProQuest)
Includes citations back to 1861, abstracts back to 1980 and 24-page previews for all dissertations after 1997. Also includes the full-text of all UNH dissertations from 1997 onward, as well as full-text of all UNH Masters Theses from 2006 onward.
An evidence-based point-of-care tool ideal for clinical settings. It contains concise summaries and detailed recommendations based on the most current evidence, as well as drug content, medication management, and IV compatibility information from Micromedex Standard Drug Information.
MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography
The primary database for literature, MLA contains bibliographic records of scholarly research from more than 4,400 journals, books and book chapters, proceedings, and other formats. Covers research in literature, literary theory and criticism, language, dramatic arts, linguistics, and folklore.
Continuously updated evidence-based medical information that provides specific, detailed answers to clinical questions. Includes texts, graphics links to Medline abstracts and references
Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences: journal articles, books, book chapters, etc.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
The premier database for education, providing access to more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text ERIC documents dating back to 1966.
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) Complete
Covers over 1,700 professional journals in nursing and allied health disciplines.
Web of Science
Facilitates research-level interdisciplinary search. Use the Basic Search to locate articles in high-impact scholarly journals in science, social science, arts, and humanities. Use the unique Cited Reference search for articles that cite an article you already know of, so you can track citations forward in time.
A useful complement but don't depend on just Google Scholar.
Click on the Check for Full Text icon in the database record to see how to get a copy of the article: whether online, in print or from another library.
This 2-minute video provides a brief demonstration.
If the UNH Library doesn't have the article you want, request it through Interlibrary Loan.
- the database record for the article, which sometimes indicates whether a journal uses peer review
- the journal website, especially under About Us or Information for Authors (Example)
Look for the Refereed symbol next to the journal title in this database of information about journals
Note: Not everything in a journal is peer reviewed; letters to the editor, book reviews, news items, and other short works without listed references are typically not peer reviewed the way more substantive articles are.
Check references in relevant articles you find.
Check "Times CIted" links, if available, in databases such as PsycINFO and Sociological Abstracts to identify some newer articles citing the article in the database record. This may lead to related relevant articles.
Use Web of Science to follow citations from published
articles to identify older and newer related articles across many
disciplinary fields in the Sciences, Social Sciences,
and Arts & Humanities.