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Nursing - Gerontology and Medical-surgical Diseases: Journal Articles

What is a Peer Reviewed Journal?

Databases are used to find PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES, statistical information, and other information not found through Internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo). 
The material found within databases is generally more acceptable to use than material found on the web because it comes from professionals working in the field that you are researching. You still need to personally review material to make sure it is appropriate for your topic.
The following links will help you understand the peer review process and the difference between peer reviewed journals and magazines.
            From San Diego State University Library. Includes a brief definition and chart explaining the
            difference between information types.
            ​​From Arizona State University Library. A one-minute video explaining who writes academic
            articles and where to find them.  

Periodical Titles

You can also search the periodical list to see if the library has a subscription to a title. For example, you could type in the New England Journal of Medicine and you would get a link to that specific title. 

You can also browse a list of the periodicals by subject(electronic and print).

Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journal Articles in Health/Medicine

Use the following databases to find scholarly articles about your topic. These databases index journals, newspapers and other material. Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password. View a short video that illustrates how to search for a journal article in the Cinahl databases here.

  • Cinahl Plus
    CINAHL Plus
     provides indexing for 4,175 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with indexing back to 1937. CINAHL Plus also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,300 journals. Full text material includes nearly 80 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials..
  • Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition 
    This database provides more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.
  • Medline 
    Available in the Ebscohost Premier collection of databases.MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary (not just health/medicine) database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.