Textbooks, Reference Books, and More
Includes full-text textbooks; "quick reference" components; infographics; drug information; multimedia; cases with quizzes; study tools; and patient education handouts.
Provides up-to-date information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care. Updated quarterly.
Trip Medical Database (click on PICO immediately above the search box)
A clinical search engine for finding high-quality research evidence to support practice and/or care. Describes itself as the internet’s premier source for locating evidence-based content. Online since 1997.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature. Provides full text for more than 770 journals, with coverage dating back to 1937.
MEDLINE with Full Text
Comprehensive index for professional medical publications. Includes full text for more than 1,470 journals.
Largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with journal coverage, dating from the 1800s. Produced by the American Psychological Association.
Comprises more than 35 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Produced by the National Library of Medicine.
Start with one or two keywords, then combine concepts one at a time.
Use a database's controlled vocabulary to refine and focus results.
The term "controlled vocabulary" refers to the specialized set of keywords that each database uses as a means for categorizing its content. Articles within a database are tagged with relevant keywords (which are clickable), thereby making it easy to find related articles.
The PubMed and MEDLINE databases both use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) as their controlled vocabulary. CINAHL's controlled vocabulary is based on MeSH, with additional specific nursing and allied health headings added as appropriate.
Here are some tutorials to help you understand how to take advantage of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
What to Look for in Databases to Find Full Text Articles:
What to Do for in Databases When Full Text Isn't Available: