If we don't have access to an article you need, don't worry. We have a service called Interlibrary Loan that can retrieve articles, books, etc from other libraries. We can also send you materials located at Laupus or Joyner if you are unable to come to the library in person.
Check out our Interlibrary Loan page for more information.
The following electronic resource(s) (or databases) are the most appropriate places to start looking for articles. Keep in mind that you may have to look in several places to find all the information you need.
Most of the time, PubMed is the best place to start looking for journal articles. It covers public health literature, as well as other disciplines. It is a government sponsored database and is widely available to healthcare agencies. You will probably have access to this database when you are practicing your profession. It is found here:
This is a "help sheet" for PubMed: help sheet (PubMed Basics)
Another good place to search is Medline via Ovid, this database requires more of a structured search. You may need some instruction on how to use this database.
This is a "help sheet" for Medline via Ovid: Help Sheet
You can also use CINAHL to look for journal articles. For the most part this database covers nursing and allied health literature; however, you can find evidence-based healthcare, health services and information management as well as a few other disciplines. It is found here:
This is a "help sheet" for using CINAHL: Help Sheet
When searching for articles, keep your search concepts simple. You can combine concepts to create the search you really want. Use the limit tabs to narrow your search results.
We have several help sheets that you can print off with step by step instructions for using many of our resources. If you watch the video tutorials, you will see step by step how to run a search. The video tutorials are broken down into 5 minute (or shorter) segments.