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UBC Library Informatics for Nursing

Finding articles for your term paper

There are three steps to finding articles on a topic:

  1. Choose a Database. (What is a library database?)
  2. Search the Database for an article.
  3. Find the full text of that article.

Databases (article indexes) list individual articles from journals, magazines and newspapers.  Most article indexes cover particular academic disciplines,  some are more general.


  • PubMed an open index database that publishes articles about health related topics.
  • CINAHL indexes journals about nursing, allied health, consumer health, biomedicine, and alternative therapy.
  • PsycINFO indexes journals about psychology and the psychological aspects of various other disciplines.

The UBC Library subscribes to hundreds of databases. 

Now let's look at how to choose the best database for your topic. . .