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This guide will lead you to print and online resources related to dental hygiene and dentistry.
Last Updated: May 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Steps for Finding Journal Articles

Before using an article database, first develop a list of search terms and put them together into a search statement using the following steps:

1.  Define your research topic

Example:  Find research articles on appropriate periodontal treatment for a pregnant woman   

2.     Identify keywords.

periodontal   periodontitis   periodontology     
pregnant   pregnancy   pregnancies                                      
treatment   treatments   therapy    therapies   management   care

3.     Use truncation symbols (*) for variant word endings

pregnan*     pregnant, pregnancy, pregnancies
periodont*   periodontal, periodontology

4.  Combine concepts using Boolean operators.                                

OR =>   combines similar terms together

treatment or therap* or management or care

AND => combines different concepts together                          

periodont*  and pregnan* and (treatment or therap* or management or care)

Use parentheses to separate the 'or' operation

5. Search the article databases, such as MEDLINE, CINAHL and other medical related databases using the search statement developed above.  Mark or tag references that seem most appropriate and print/email/save documents.



Article databases provide references, abstracts and sometimes the full article from journals, magazines, books and other published literature. 

  • MEDLINE (EbscoHost)   The complete MEDLINE database from 1966 to the present. MEDLINE provides references and abstracts to the research journal literature in all areas of medicine, including nursing and dentistry.
  • PubMed  A freely available MEDLINE database (1966-present) with references, abstracts, and links to related articles.
    • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) 

References and abstracts to the nursing and allied health literature including articles, books and dissertations from 1982 to the present time.  Some full text articles. 

  • EbscoHost Medical Databases  - Ability to search CINAHL, MEDLINE  and other full-text medical/health databases with one search.  
  • PsycINFO
    Comprehensive index to scholarly literature in psychology and related fields.  Includes references and abstracts to articles.  1887-Present.  
  • ERIC  References and abstracts to education publications including some complete articles.
  • Credo Reference- Provides online access to reference resources, including:
    • Mosby's Dental Dictionary
    • Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions
    • many other general medical reference sources

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