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Selected Science Databases: Best Bets
ScienceDirect provides full text access to articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine and social sciences. Note that article titles are followed by designation of "Review Article" or Original Research Article".
Web of Science (ISI Web of Knowledge)
Web of Science is a comprehensive database of citations from a broad range of topic areas.
PubMed is a database of biomedical references from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). MEDLINE is the largest component of PubMed with records extending back to the mid 1960s.
Advanced Journal Search in ScienceDirect
- The Correspondence, Letter filter in ScienceDirect will return correspondence, letters (may or may not be original research), letters to the editor, comment, reflection, and reaction.
- The Short Communication filter in ScienceDirect will return short communications, reports, editorial articles, current issues and notes.
Use Advanced Search Functionality
Articles - results are Original Research articles. However, double check Science Direct's tagging.
Reviews - results are Literature Reviews
ScienceDirect Help Link
Searching Web of Science: Tips & Tricks
- The Letters filter in Web of Science will not only return research letters, but also letters to the editor, and correspondance etc.
- The Note filter in Web of Science will not only return research notes, but also commentary.
Refine your results with Limits
- by Subject Category: select those most closely related to your area of study. Check mark and click "Refine".
- by Document Types: select those you want to view e.g. Article to locate original research articles.
- by Publication years: especially for topics in the scientific field
Refine your result by Searching in Results
- You can also search for metho* (for method, methods, or methodology) to try to bring up articles that mention a Methods section in the abstract.
Times Cited and Cited Reference
- This information can lead you to other articles related to your topic. Look for "Times Cited" or "Cited References" hyperlinks.
- Use the * symbol to search for variations of a word e.g. treat* for treat, treated, treatment, treatments etc.
Limit the Search to a Specific Field
- The default search is a Topic search. At the main search page, you may choose Title from the drop down menu.
Searching in PubMed: Tips & Tricks
- The letter filter in PubMed is for communications between individuals and a representative or organization. It is often a letter to the author(s) or editor. There is no "research letter" filter.
- No note filter exists in PubMed.
Use MeSH Database (controlled vocabulary) from the National Library of Medicine
- Select MeSH from the search drop down menu (rather than PubMed) or use the MeSH Database link under More Resources
- Enter the common term, e.g. nosebleed, flu, heartburn,
- If more than one term is listed, select the desired term with a check mark
- Or, select subheadings that match your topic interest
- Click Add to search builder
- Search for additional terms if desired, e.g. outbreak, causes, therapy, etc.
- Click Add to search builder
- Click Search PubMed
Limit in a variety of other ways. e.g. by population, language, type of article, age group etc.
Find related articles
- From search result list, see Related citations link under each item
- From individual article records see links to articles under Related citations or click Related Citations under All links from this record