Databases are the workhorses of journal article searching. Since research topics can be in found in many different disciplines and in a huge number of journals, using the right database to search across the appropriate variety of journals is crucial.
Read the descriptions and experiment with the ones on this page to learn which are best for your given search effort. What's right for one search effort might not be for another.
If you already have in mind a database that will be best for your search effort and don't see it on this page, check All Databases.
AccessMedicine Medical textbooks, including Harrison’s Online, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, and Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine. Also includes patient education handouts.
ClinicalKey*A decision-support tool designed for medical clinicians with a variety of clinical resources. It has over 650 journals, 1,100 medical reference books, instructional videos, practice guidelines, medical images, and abstracts from the MEDLINE database.
PA Core Education Library Over 90 ebooks including the Bates Guide, Grant's Dissector, & Grant's Atlas of Anatomy; audio & video content, self-assessments, journal articles, case studies, and more
PA Rotations/Specialties Library Over 80 ebooks in Emergency, Internal, & Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, & Surgery, plus Journal Club, self assessments, and cases
PubMedGo-to resource for many health science professionals. Paid for by tax dollars rather than tuition, it’s one that will be accessible after completion of the PA program. A large and very comprehensive database that is an excellent place to conduct health science literature research. It searches the MEDLINE database and other journals in health science-related fields. Use this link rather than the link through a Google search to easily see many articles AU subscribes to. Learn the steps in Can't Find Full-text? to help find anything else among AU’s subscriptions that PubMed doesn’t provide free access to.
Biomedical Reference CollectionCompare to PubMed. Contains over 4,000 full-text journals covering a variety of disciplines ranging from biomedicine and health sciences to the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.
DARE* The Databases of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects is a collection of review articles from the international Center for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD). They focus on the evaluation of the effects of health care interventions and the delivery and organization of health services.
ScienceDirect* Scholarly articles from scientific, technical, and medical journals. A product of the major academic publisher Elsevier.
Journals@Ovid* Scholarly articles from scientific, technical, and medical journals.
Academic Search Ultimate* A large, academically multidisciplinary article database that is a very good place to start a scholarly literature search.
WorldCat A huge database of books and other materials found in libraries across the U.S. and worldwide that you can borrow using Interlibrary Loan.
1. Sometimes you have a citation in hand for an article.
2. Sometimes a journal database or internet browser doesn’t provide full-text. Learn the steps to find another database where it might be. Get articles to journals we don't even subscribe to with Interlibrary Loan*.