Bachelor Of Science (Osteopathy): Databases and journals

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A selection of videos demonstrating how to search for osteopathy resources in recommended databases: 


What are scholarly or academic journals and databases?

This video will explain what a scholarly or academic journal is and what is a journal database. In addition, the video explains the peer review process and how you check the article is peer-reviewed.

Locating Health and medical databases

From the Library homepage click on 'Databases A-Z' link. Scroll down to 'All subjects' and from the drop-down menu select the 'Health and medical sciences' link.

The Library also subscribes to many medical and health databases available on the ProQuest database platform. Once you have clicked on the database, you will be directed to its search page and searching multiple databases content simultaneously. Includes a collection of journals, ebooks, dissertations, news and videos.

You can focus your search to the specific ProQuest database here.

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.
Once you have accessed UlrichsWeb, type in your journal title. If the journal name has an icon like a little black and white striped referee shirt , the journal is peer-reviewed.

Steps for searching the literature

  1. The question or topic. Understand the research topic or question.
  2. Define your terms – examine your subject area and think about the keywords you will use for your research. Identify the key concepts from your topic.  Look for synonyms, alternate spellings and international variations for your subject(s).  Be aware databases may use different terms to describe the same concept. It is recommended to use the database thesauri (list of subject tems) to identify keywords. In the CINAHL database look up key terms in CINAHL headings to identify terms used to describe your topic in the database.  In PubMEd and Medline search the MESH list of subject headings to help you identify search terms. Use a combination of keywords and CINAHL or MESH terms in your search.
  3. Combine your search terms using Boolean operators AND; OR; NOT
  4. Database searching   Run your search in a library database. The key databases for Osteopathy literature are listed below.
  5. Review your results  Does your search retrieve articles relevant to your topic? If not, check that you have used Boolean operators correctly. Can you broaden your search by adding alternative terms (using OR)? You may need to go back to step 2 and review your search terms. If yes, do you have too many results? Can you apply any limits to your search? Can you add additional search terms (using AND) to further narrow your search?

Key databases

Searching PEDro