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HLT 103 Investigations in Health Careers: Databases/Articles

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them

Where Can I Find a Database?

  • Go to the library’s homepage:


  • Click on databases

Search in the Library Catalog

Search the library catalog for books, eBooks, articles, DVDs, streaming videos, and more:

  • To request items for curbside pick-up, after clicking "Search", you must sign in with your NetID and password and then select the "Request" button.

  • Ebooks can be read or downloaded on a computer or electronic device. Off campus access will require your NetID and password.

For assistance, please contact us via:  email:  text: 203-212-8329  phone: 203-285-2057  

Search Techniques

Phrase Searching

The use of phrase searching by using quotations around a phrase helps to search for the exact phrase.

  • Whereas, searching for “alcohol abuse” with quotes will find records with the exact phrase “alcohol abuse”

Boolean Operators

The use of boolean operators AND, NOT and OR can help to narrow or expand your search.

  • AND can be used to include all of your search terms, which will narrow your search.

  • NOT can be used to include either search terms, which will narrow your search.

  • OR can be used to exclude a search term, which will expand your search.


The use of truncation can help to expand your search to include related search terms.

  • For instance, to search for addiction or addicted use the search term addict*

Active Filters

Limit your search by using the following filters

  • full text online
  • peer reviewed
  • resource type
  • creation date
  • subject
  • journal title
  • author

Recommended Databases

  • CINAHL Full Text 
    Cumulative Index to Nursing and AlliedHealth Literature) - Comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals back to 1981, providing full text for more than 600 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index - with no embargo.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center 
  • Health Reference Center Academic 
    Covers a wide variety of health topics including fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic 
  • Academic Search Premier
    Cross-searches all the EBSCO databases, for a comprehensive search encompassing all subject areas.
  • Academic OneFile
    Search all the cross-searchable Gale databases, including Academic OneFile, for a comprehensive search encompassing all subject areas.
  • Credo Reference
    An online reference library of full-text content from encyclopedias, dictionaries, subject-specific titles and more.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    An authoritative information source with over 73,000 articles, media such as photos, illustrations, sound files, and interactive multimedia.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Full-text encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

What is a peer-reviewed article?

Peer-reviewed articles are the articles  that have been reviewed and approved by scholars in the author's field or area of expertise. Peer reviewed journals are called peer-reviewed journals or refereed journals.

How to Find a Peer-Reviewed Article in Libraray Databases

What is peer reviewed articles?

  • Peer reviewed articles are scholarly articles that have undergone a review process by other experts in the field before being published.

Search the library databases, many of which allow you to limit the search results to peer-reviewed or scholarly articles:

  • Read the database description first, to determine whether the database includes peer-reviewed articles
  • Check  the box which allows you to limit your results to peer-reviewed articles. For example, Academic Search Premier, on the search screen, check the box "Limit to Peer Reviewed" under "Search Options - Limit Your Results"
  • Look at the screen of "Search Results", check the box to limit peer-reviewed under the tab of "Refine Results", if you didn't set up the search for peer-reviewed articles at the beginning.
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