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APSC 486 & HLTH 398: Health Sciences & Professions

A guide for students in APSC 486 Health Professionals Senior Project and HLTH 398 Seminar in Health Sciences

Recommended Databases for Health Sciences Research

Search Tips

Quotation Marks " "

Use double quotation marks to find words in the exact order (i.e. "public administration", "health care", etc.), that is to search those words as a phrase.

Asterisk *

Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *, for example: manag* will search for manage, manages, managing, manager, management.


Use the Boolean search operators are AND, OR and NOT to create a very broad or very narrow search.

  • AND combines search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms. For example, business AND writing finds articles that contain both business and writing.
  • OR combines search terms so that each search result contains at least one of the terms. For example, college OR university finds results that contain either college or university.
  • NOT excludes terms so that each search result does not contain any of the terms that follow it. For example, communication NOT business finds results that contain communication but not business. 

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Watch our Smart Searching - Tips & Tricks video tutorial on YouTube


Finding and Choosing Databases

The types of materials available from our Library databases are plentiful and varied. They include: articles (peer reviewed, news, magazines), book reviews, e-books, statistics, reports, films and more.

Go to the A-Z Databases list to find access links to all our library databases and to other helpful resources or explore other pages on this guide to find recommended databases for your research needs.

Need something that is not available from the library?

You can request a PDF scan of an article or a book chapter not available from the UHWO library. Go to the library website's Interlibrary Loan page for more information. The page also includes links to request forms and instructions to send a request.