Researching in the Sciences can be a bit different than research you've done in other classes. Most scientific research you use should be recent (within 5 years). Here are a few tips to help you find worthwhile things:
Unless you need to search an individual journal title, you will be using a database to conduct your search. The databases contain numerous (1000s) of individual titles that you can search at one time. The library databases are paid subscriptions and can only be accessed by PA Students, faculty and community.
You should not use JSTOR for this project!
The following are recommended databases for your paper/project:
|Scientific American Online||Scientific American is a scientific magazine specializing in articles that bridge knowledge between professional scientists and the public. This online version of the journal carries the full-text of Scientific American back to 1993. Our archive includes all the results from Scientific American as well as their special publications.|
|ScienceONLINE||ScienceONLINE is the online repository for the journal Science. The online version contains articles going back all the way to 1880! Science is one of the world's premier journals offering cutting edge original research in all areas of the Natural Sciences. Searching the database is a little cumbersome and can require some patience. See a librarian for help!|
|Proquest Science Journals||This science-specialized database indexes over 2.7 million articles from the applied and general sciences. You will need to pay attention to your search terms because simply entering your health issue will result in too many hits. Try adding some specifics such as geographic location or major researchers in the field.|
|PubMed||Sponsored by the US National Library of Medicine, PubMed indexes over 20 million citations from MEDLINE, various Life Science Journals, and some specialized books. If the full text is available, a link is typically provided; however, for most citations, you will need to use the Full Text Finder to find the full text in the OWHL.|
|ScienceDirect||ScienceDirect is a comprehensive scientific database containing articles from over 2500 different scientific journal titles in many diverse fields. You can help narrow your search by choosing advanced search and limiting your search parameters to the abstract and title as well as the appropriate subject field. You will find the more detailed you get, the more accurate your results. We receive the current 5 years of articles in full-text.|
|Health and Medical Complete||Specializes in issues related to the medical and consumer health fields. It also contains articles in health administration which may prove helpful for the project.|
|Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition||Health Source contains 1000s of full-text medical and biology journals geared towards non-experts in the field. However, the journals and articles are more advanced than you might find in a database geared towards the general public (hence the Nursing/Academic designation).|
To see a chart of all the databases the OWHL subscribes to, visit the Databases A-Z page.