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Undergraduate Research Programs (UROC): Key Science Databases

Databases

How do databases label original research and literature review articles?

DATABASE ORIGINAL RESEARCH (IMRAD) LITERATURE REVIEWS
ScienceDirect (Original Research) Article Review Article
Web of Science Article Review
PubMed Clinical Trial Review

 

Searching ScienceDirect: Tips & Tricks

Use Advanced Search Functionality

  • Select Advanced Search.
  • Choose the Journals tab.
  • Select "Article" to limit to original research articles.

Science Direct Advanced Search

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

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.

Truncation*

  • 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 PubMed: Tips & Tricks

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