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HED 320 The U.S. Health Care System: Search Tools

All are welcome to use this guide to learn about healthcare in the United States.

Searching for Peer-reviewed Professional and Scientific Sources

Before you decide on your reform idea, visit these search engines to find possible ideas or to test your own ideas. As a student, you are expected to read and rely on the most current analysis and interpretation of healthcare-related research. After identifying an idea in your text or in conversation with a professor, look for available sources in the search engines listed below.  Use a librarian if you are unsure of your search methodology. 

IF YOU CANNOT FIND SOURCES FOR AN IDEA, MODIFY OR SWITCH TO ANOTHER IDEA UNTIL YOU FIND AN IDEA DISCUSSED IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE.. 

If you have not done this before, be thankful you are doing it now because this will open up your world and empower you as a learner and as a professional after graduation. 

Search Tips

  1. Remember that searching is an art; play with different search terms/concepts for vastly different results.
  2. Think of synonyms and then connect them with “OR” (see Sample Searches)
  3. If you’ve searched once, alter your search terms and search again.
  4. Contact a librarian!

Journal Search

Discover if the library provides access to specific journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. whether in print or online. 

Enter the title of a periodical (NOT the title of an article).

 

Browse electronic journals (Browzine)

Essential Article Database

Related Sources-Not Necessarily Peer-reviewed for Health Information

LibX Toolbar

Take Murphy Library with you as you search the internet!  The LibX toolbar links you back to Murphy Library resources and librarians whenever and wherever you are online.

Google Scholar

Searches the full text of select scholarly journal articles.

Access to the full text is controlled by the publisher. Access may open, access may be provided by your library, or access may be purchased.

! Tip: For best results, use Google Scholar with Murphy Library's LibX Toolbar!

 

Google Scholar Search