The resources in this guide will primarily identify journal articles, especially peer-reviewed, research-based articles.
As you scan search results, be attentive to keywords in titles and subject headings (in PubMed/Medline) that may yield additional terms by which you should search. When you identify a relevant article be sure to review carefully the sources cited by that article for other articles or for terminology that may help you refine your search and your topic. In Google Scholar pay special attention to the "Cited by" links and the resources those yield.
Don't hesitate to contact Dan Bowell, University Librarian, or another librarian at the Ask desk if you have trouble finding useful articles.
Here's Dan’s contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-998-5241.
These discovery tools are the primary means of finding journal articles relevant to your research topic. Some of these tools are “databases” that have full-text journals associated with them. PubMed (or MEDLINE) is an extensive index but does not directly have full-text articles associated with it. However, PubMed Central (to which you get access via PubMed) provides many journal articles that are “open access” -- and available in full-text. MEDLINE has some linked full-text articles available.
Google Scholar provides URLs to many full-text articles that have been made available through "open access" -- often by the author(s) or publisher.
PubMed is the primary database for discovering indexed journal articles in the health sciences and many areas of the life sciences.
- It has a sophisticated vocabulary for subject headings -- called MESH
- Allows for search term truncation (*)
- You can create a (free) personal account that allows more capabilities -- Visit "My NCBI" to create account or associate an existing Gmail account, etc. With an account, citations and searches can be saved, emailed, exported, etc.
- Within Advanced Search, use the search builder to select from and build upon a previous search
- See link for “free full-text” -- in the left margin
- Available from Zondervan's A-Z Database List
- Allows “field” searching (like PubMed but with EBSCOhost interface)
- Allows search term truncation (*)
- Some linked full-text is available (occasionally providing articles not available via Google Scholar or PubMed's "free full-text"
- Use "subject headings" to expand or refine your searching (similar to PubMed)
The Journal Finder is the essential tool for determining journals available in print or online through Zondervan. Please note that you search Journal Finder with the TITLE OF THE JOURNAL not the title of the article.
Through a movement called "open access," an increasing number of freely accessible scholarly articles are linked from Google Scholar including some that may not be identified as full-text via PubMed. Before placing an interlibrary loan request for an article, check to see if it might be linked via Google Scholar.
To explore full-text availability via Google Scholar try searching the first several words of the article title -- enough words to target the article -- putting them within quotation marks ("....") so that the exact phrase is searched. Adding an author(s) last names outside of the title words in quotation will further focus the search.