Bachelor Of Science (Osteopathy): Databases and journals

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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.

Journals - Osteopathy

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.


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.

Key databases

CINAHL complete provides full text and covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters.

Click here to access the CINAHL complete database

MEDLINE with Full-Text is a tool for medical research providing full-text for top-tier medical journals. These top journals cover a wide range of subjects within the biomedical and health fields containing information needed by doctors, nurses, health professionals and researchers engaged in clinical care, public health and health policy development.

Click here to access the MEDLINE with full-text database

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full-text articles and other related resources.

The VU Library subscribes to many medical and health databases on the ProQuest One Academic platform. When you access the ProQuest database, you are automatically searching multiple databases' content simultaneously. This includes journals, videos, eBooks and dissertations. You can also focus your search on the specific database using the Databases link on the top menu. 

The following are some of the databases from ProQuest Central you might consult:

Health & Medical Collection

Nursing & Allied Health Database

Public Health Database

PEDro has been informing physiotherapy practice for over 23 years. It is a free database of over 59,000 trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions. 

For further help searching PEDro database see the Search help section on the PEDro website. 

Using database subject headings (CINAHL & MESH)

The videos below demonstrate how to use database subject heading lists to identify search terms and build a search strategy.