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Nursing 226 - Childbearing & Families: Find 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, Bing). 

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.

Periodical Titles

You can also browse title lists of the library's periodicals by subject.


Journal of Obstetrics

Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journal Articles in Health/Medicine

Try the following databases to find scholarly articles about your topic. These databases index journals, newspapers and other materials. Note: You will need to sign in using your mymsjc username and password if you are off campus.

  • Cinahl Plus CINAHL Plus provides access to journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with indexing back to 1937. Full text material includes journals, legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.
  • Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition This database includes full-text access to scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines, as well as abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.
  • Academic Search Ultimate This multi-disciplinary database provides access to thousands of peer-reviewed journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos in virtually every discipline.

Health Information for the Layperson

Need to make a presentation designed for patients or other laypersons? Try the database below for information written for consumers rather than medical professionals.

  • Health Source®: Consumer Edition provides full text for consumer health periodicals, health related pamphlets, health reference books, prescription drug information, patient education fact sheets, Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish), and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.