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Health & Medicine Portal: Articles

Searching Medical Journals

Articles published in journals usually provide a very focused view of a topic. The authors may be conducting a study comparing different methods of treatment or diagnosis for a specific disorder. Some articles offer a broader overview of a topic. Journals generally provide more recent information than printed books. Most of the library's articles are available online through subscription databases.


Where To Go

Once you have determined your need to find a journal article, you can used these resources to search for citations, abstracts, and full text articles.

If you are looking for an article in a particular journal, search by Publication Name to see if we have it electronically. Use the Citation Linker if you have the citation of a particular article.

You can also get help searching for a particular topic by using one of our Health Research Guides.

Getting Full Text

Most databases allow you to limit your search to articles available in full text. Some databases only provide the citation and abstract (summary) of the article. If you find a citation for an article you would like to have in full text, and TCC does not own the publication, you can request to have it sent to you through interlibrary loan OR you can check to see whether a local academic or public library has the article in WorldCat.

Types of Articles

There are a variety of types of articles published in medical journals. Many of the library databases allow you to limit your search to a specific type of article. Note that different databases use different terminology and definitions to describe the articles. See the list below for definitions of some common article or publication types used by the National Library of Medicine to label articles in MEDLINE.

+Case Reports

+Clinical Trials



+Practice Guidelines

+Randomized Control Trials



Health and Medicine Databases

Try the following databases for scholarly journal articles on health topics. Not sure where to start? Health Source and CINAHL are great databases for health and medicine research with full-text articles. PubMed is excellent for finding articles, but does not always provide the full article for you to read.