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Boatwright Memorial Library

HCS 201: Health and the Caring Professions: Finding Articles

General Databases for Identifying Articles

OneSearch is a "discovery tool" that allows comprehensive searching across the catalog and databases as well as many other resource materials.

The "Find Articles" tab on the library's home page allows you to search within OneSearch for scholarly articles in English

If your topic falls into several discipline areas (e.g. research on "hospice care" may require searching in health sciences, political science, sociology, and psychology databases), you could try a comprehensive search on all the databases included in "Find Articles."

Any of the databases listed here can searched individually:

Health Sciences Databases

The content for Medline is produced by the National Library of Medicine (of the National Institutes of Health).  Medline is distributed on several publishing platforms (e.g. Web of Science) or can be accessed by anyone at as PubMed.

Locating Articles

Journal Titles (also accessed from the tab on the library home page) helps you to:

  • identify which journal titles are available at UR
  • identify which titles are in print or can be accessed as e-journals
  • access the e-journals through UR subscription links *
  • connect to the catalog to find "holdings" information for print titles (which volumes/years that UR owns)
  • find UR journals by subject  

               * Most UR subscriptions must be accessed through the Journal Locator links and not by going directly to the journal's website.  Most subscriptions are also verified by IP identification - you must access UR e-journals through the campus network using your netid and password.

Some publishers "embargo" their most recent issues so that you may only be able to electronically access articles published 1-2 years earlier.

Other Specialized Databases

You may also refer to the UR subject & course guides for a particular discipline.  E.g. Anthropology, sociology, politcal science, religion, or philosophy,

There is also a course guide for the SSIR program: Global Health, Medical Humanities & Human Rights.

Using Interlibrary Loan

If you need a journal article from a journal title that UR does not own, use Interlibrary Loan to request it from another library.  Depending on how long it takes for the loaning library to fill the request, you may receive it within a few days but allow 1-2 weeks to be sure it arrives in time.  Most articles are provided as a .pdf and are emailed to you.  However, some articles are only available as print -- you will be emailed when the article is available and can then pick it up at the Information Desk at Boatwright.

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