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.
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.
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.
Clinical presentations that may be followed by evaluative studies that eventually lead to a diagnosis.
Work that is the report of a pre-planned clinical study of the safety, efficacy, or optimum dosage schedule of one or more diagnostic, therapeutic, or prophylactic drugs, devices, or techniques in humans selected according to predetermined criteria of eligibility and observed for predefined evidence of favorable and unfavorable effects.
Work consisting of a set of statements, directions, or principles presenting current or future rules or policy. Guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, organizations such as professional societies or governing boards, or by the convening of expert panels.
Works consisting of studies using a quantitative method of combining the results of independent studies (usually drawn from the published literature) and synthesizing summaries and conclusions which may be used to evaluate therapeutic effectiveness, plan new studies, etc.
Work consisting of a set of directions or principles to assist the health care practitioner with patient care decisions about appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic, or other clinical procedures for specific clinical circumstances.
Work consisting of a clinical trial that involves at least one test treatment and one control treatment, concurrent enrollment and follow-up of the test- and control-treated groups, and in which the treatments to be administered are selected by a random process, such as the use of a random-numbers table.
An article or book published after examination of published material on a subject. It may be comprehensive to various degrees and the time range of material scrutinized may be broad or narrow, but the reviews most often desired are reviews of the current literature. The textual material examined may be equally broad and can encompass, in medicine specifically, clinical material as well as experimental research or case reports.
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.