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Prevention & Community Health: Find Articles

Research Guide for the GWSPH Department of Prevention and Community Health

Good Place to Start: Citation Databases

Interdisciplinary Citation Databases:

A good place to start your research is to search a research citation database to view the scope of literature available on your topic.

Begin your research with a "seed article" - an article that strongly supports your research topic.  Then use a citation database to follow the studies published by finding articles which have cited that article, either because they support it or because they disagree with it.

Snowballing is the process where researchers will begin with a select number of articles they have identified relevant/strongly supports their topic and then search each articles' references reviewing the studies cited to determine if they are relevant to your research.

BONUS POINTS: This process also helps identify key highly cited authors within a topic to help establish the "experts" in the field.

Medical Health Sciences Databases

Health Sciences Literature:

Following are core databases covering medicine, nursing, and biomedical research literature.

Subject Specific Databases

Subject Specific Databases

Depending on your topic, search the following databases to locate research on a specific topic area to help refine your search.

Multi-Disciplinary Databases

General in Scope Databases:

If your topic is broad, try the following multi-discipline databases which will include scholarly research as well as articles from newspapers, wire feeds, trade publications, reports and conference papers and proceedings.

Tip: Click "Peer-Reviewed" to refine your search to only articles in scholarly publications.


Point-of-care Databases

Provide healthcare professionals brief informative point-of-care information based on evidence based medicine.

Drug/Pharmacology Databases:

Drug Information Databases: