Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery: Databases & journals

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  • Journals and databases explained 
  • Key nursing and midwifery databases
  • Pharmacology databases
  • Searching databases

Journals and Databases Explained

You can search for journal articles on a topic via Library search or via Library databases.  A Database is a search engine for journal articles. Key databases for searching psychology literature are listed on this page

The video below provides an introduction to scholarly and academic journals and explains the peer-review process.

Key nursing and midwifery databases

Pharmacology databases

Using database subject headings (CINAHL)

The video below demonstrates how to use the database subject heading list in the CINAHL database to identify search terms and build a search strategy.

Google Scholar


Many VU library databases can also be searched through Google Scholar.

Fulltext journal articles and research papers can be retrieved by clicking on the "Find Fulltext @ VU Library" link when it appears to the right of your search results. This will happen automatically while on campus but may need to be set up as "Library Links" under Scholar Settings to work from off-site. This video provides information on how to change settings from within Google Scholar.

Alternatively use this direct link which includes the VU institutional settings.

How can you tell if a journal is peer reviewed?


UlrichsWeb is the authoritative source to go to if you want to find out if a journal is peer reviewed or not.
In UlrichsWeb, type in your journal title. Look at the 'Basic Description' for the journal. One of the categories in the 'Basic Description' is Refereed: Yes or No. In this context Refereed is the same as Peer Reviewed.