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Indexes social gerontology journals. Focuses on aging in psychological, health-related, and social and economic contexts.
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Covers health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.
Nursing and Allied Health Database. Has information on nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative medicine, allied health, and more.
The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making (assessment, reviews, controlled trials register, etc.).
* Medline (Ebsco)
The database offers information related to the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.
Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
* Indicate most useful databases for general research
Journal Article Evaluation
Are all the articles in a scholarly journal primary research articles?
No. Journals also publish other items. Some article types are listed below. While these articles can be very important and reputable, they cannot be considered primary research. If you have access to our databases (on-campus or via the GALILEO password), Click for examples.
How can I identify a primary research article?
- Information/Opinion Essay: Gives advice and information, usually targeted to practicioners -- doctors, teachers, counselors, etc. These essays are sometimes in first person. - example
- Book review/essay: Much longer than popular books reviews, academic books reviews often compare and analyze similar works, and contain a detailed bibliography -- example
- Literature review: A lit review surveys research done in a field, drawing conclusions and anticipating trends, but without detailed methodology information or data on any one research project -- example
- Reader Letters/Response Articles/Errata: Responses to articles published in a previous issue. These may be informal letters, or they may be very structured debates that cite other literature. There may be cases in which someone reports an error or corrects misprints of data. A letter may also describe recent research, but the content has not gone through the peer review process -- example
It should have the following parts:
- Title - These are often long and technical.
- Author Information - This includes author name, affiliation (such as a university or laboratory) and contact information.
- Citation - Citations include article title, journal or source name, volume and issue information and pagination. A DOI number may be on the first page of a journal, but it may be easier to find the DOI on the database record. (DOIs are used in APA style citation)
- Abstract - This is a summary of the whole article.
- Introduction - This outlines the problem being examined -- the purpose or hypothesis -- and may give some background about the problem, or previous research.
- Methodology - This is a vital section. In order for an experiment to be reproduceable, methodology must be thoroughly described. This may include discussion of materials and subject selection.
- Data/Results - Data may be presented in tables, charts, figures, or illustrations.
- Discussion/Conclusions -This section explains and interprets the results, drawing a final conclusion about the problem. Primary research may bring new information to the discipline, or may confirm or dispute previous findings.
- References - Are in a consistent style, and are extensive.
Government database for scholarly and clinical health science information. Very extensive.
Medline (available through EBSCOhost) is a part of PubMed, but there are additional journals indexed in PubMed.
For additional tutorials check out these: List of Pubmed Tutorials