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A guide to research resources on medicine and health
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Steps to Finding Articles

Locate a database from the list to the right (e.g., Medline)

Search the database with keywords using filters to limit dates, types of resources, other terms, etc.

Use the full text links (pdf versions are preferred) within the database to view article

Use  or SFX to link to full text articles available in other databases

Check the list of ejournals and the library catalog to make sure UWF does not own the journal you need 


    Articles not at UWF

    Request the article from Interlibrary Loan if it is not available at UWF

    Articles are delivered electronically from libraries owning the journal

    You will be emailed when they articles are available

    Interlibrary Loan is free and takes around 5 days for articles to arrive




      Why can't I get into the databases? Make sure you are logged on from the library home page. Use your Argonet username and password.
      Why isn't my account working? Contact the Circulation Department (850-474-2414) or
      If I can't see full text articles in the database, am I out of luck? Most databases have a FINDIT link that will attempt to find the full text version of the article in another database
      How can I tell if UWF has a book or a journal? Check the online catalog by title for a book or journal
      What do databases do? They allow you to search for journal articles and other resources by subject or keyword
      Is there a list of online journals? Yes, there is an e-journal list on the third tab of the library home page. Many are also listed in the online catalog.
      Is there a list of online books? Search for online books in the online catalog by limiting to an online format or use the facets on the side of the screen to narrow to online resources
      How can I find articles on my topic? Use a database. A multidisciplinary database is OneSearch, the first tab on the Library's home page. Others are listed alphabetically and by subject . You may also identify databases by using research guides.
      I am getting frustrated, can I get some help? Yes, contact the reference staff on Chat or email, call us (850-474-2424), or contact a subject specialist

      The FINDIT link takes me to a database but I  don't see my article; what do I do?

      Sometimes, the link doesn't work as well as it should. If you are linked to another database, but not directly to the article, search the database by table of contents or by subject and author.
      IF FINDIT doesn't list a full text option, what do I do? You may request the article from interlibrary loan. Be sure to identify yourself as a distance learner if you are requesting books and are over 50 miles from a UWF campus.
      Can I use Google Scholar to find articles? Yes, many articles are listed there and you may even be linked back to a UWF database to see the full text. If you are blocked or asked for a fee, make sure you log in and check the  e-journal list to see if we have an online subscription. It is a good idea to use our online databases to search and not limit yourself to Google.

      If I used OneSearch, do I need to use any other databases?

      OneSearch, like many general databases, will include something on almost any topic and it includes results from many database but not all of them. The most comprehensive coverage of a topic is in a subject specific database such as Psycinfo for Psychology or ERIC for Education.
      There is no book on my topic, what do I do? Try using a broader or different term and use synonyms to make sure you are not missing relevant sources. Don't hesitate to ask for help from the librarians!

        Medical Databases

        • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
          The most comprehensive database to articles in nursing and other health related areas. Almost 3000 nursing and allied health journals are indexed in this database, nearly 800 of them are available full text. A guide and video are available on the Nursing LibGuide to introduce you to searching CINAHL.
        • Cochrane Library (Wiley)
          Over 5000 reviews of research on medical treatments, practices, and diagnostic tests are provided in this database. Cochrane Reviews is the premier resource for Evidence Based Practice. A guide and videos, Introduction , Searching , and Results are available on the Evidence Based Practice LibGuide to introduce you to searching the Cochrane Database.
        • DIRLine
          Directory of Health organizations from the national Library of Medicine.
        • Health and Wellness Resource Center - Gale Group
          The Health and Wellness Resource Center provides full text information from medical dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals, and other resources. This comprehensive health database covers most areas of sports medicine.
        • Immunology Abstracts (ProQuest)
          Studies are summarized relating to all aspects of immune systems in man and animals, including normal functions and disorders
        • MEDLINE (OCLC)
          comprehensive index to over 4,300 international medical journals, including citations from International Nursing Index and Index to Dental Literature. Subject headings are listed online at NLM
        • Nursing & Allied Health Source (ProQuest)
          Provides indexing of over 1000 journals (875 are full text) in nursing and other health professions. Over 12000 full text dissertations are included.
        • OVID
          This collection of unique scholarly nursing journals is provided in the OVID platform. Subjects range from alternative medicine to Perinatal nursing and full text coverage is included in the OVID subscription.
        • Physical Education Index (ProQuest)
          This database allows all researchers and professionals in the field to acquire accurate and scholarly information. These abstracts feature a wide variety of content, ranging from physical education curricula, to sports medicine, to dance. Health education and physical therapy are also covered as they continue to become more prevalent in our society.
        • PubMed
          PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
        • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
          SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for 550 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus.
        • Virology and AIDS Abstracts (CSA)
          Virology and AIDS Abstracts provides access to the literature on every aspect of virology in humans, animals, and plants with topics ranging from replication cycles to oncology to AIDS.

        Science Databases

        • ScienceDirect (Elsevier)  
          A comprehensive electronic collection of scholarly science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.
        • Web of Science
          The Web of Science contains several databases:
          -Science Citation Index (1975 to present)
          -Social Science Citation Index (1975 to present)
          -Biological Abstracts (1969 to present)
          -Medline (1950 to present)
          -SciELO Citation Index (1997 to present)
        • Science Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)
          Coverage of general science, applied science and technology, and biological and agricultural articles. Some available full text.
        • Wiley Online Library
          Wiley provides broad and deep coverage of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. Many articles are available full text.
        • SciTech Collection (Proquest)
          Article records, deep indexing and full text covering both technological and natural sciences. It combines full text journals with detailed indexing of global literature on natural sciences, engineering and technology. Areas covered include materials science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, biology, aquatic sciences, environmental science, computer science and earth sciences in addition to many more. It fully incorporates ProQuest Natural Science Collection and ProQuest Technology Collection.

        How to Find Articles

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        Managing Citations

        Use RefWorks to manage citations from journals, books, documents, and internet sites.

        First time users will need to create an account which will permit a user to store citations indefinitely for repeated use. 

        Once records are in RefWorks, they can be added to folders, and bibliographies can be created in a preferred style.

        Use the Refworks Tutorial to learn more about this useful database.

        RefWorks is accessible from the list of online databases on the homepage.


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