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Welcome to UNC Chapel Hill!  As a researcher, you will find lots of resources and help through the Health Sciences Library.  Take a look around and see some of what we have to offer.  Be sure to check out our HSL New Users guide to get oriented to the library!

Visit our Ask A Librarian page if you need assistance!

Top Databases to Search

Health Sciences Databases

These databases contain varying levels of evidence.  Ranging from expert opinions to systematic reviews and meta analyses, these health sciences databases are the best place to start your search.  Most of the information in these databases has been peer-reviewed, but it has not been evaluated by experts to determine the strength of the evidence.  This is called unfiltered information.

Evidence-Based Practice Databases

These resources will generally provide higher levels of evidence because experts have collected, analyzed, and reported on the evidence for you.  This is called filtered information.

Higher types of evidence include Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses, Guidelines, Critically Appraised Topics and more.

Many evidence-based practice groups publish their findings online.

You can also search for specific Publication Types or Article Types like Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, Guideline, or Randomized Controlled Trial in Health Sciences Databases like CINAHL, PubMed, or Embase.

Other Useful Databases

These databases are not focused on nursing, but they may also be useful depending on your topic.  This information will also be unfiltered because it has not been appraised by experts.

Finding Related Articles

Interdisciplinary Topics

Does your topic relate to education, psychology, business, or another subject?  Try searching resources from the complete list of databases by subject at UNC.

Guidelines

Guidelines (also known as clinical practice guidelines, practice guidelines, and CPG's) are high-level evidence because a group of experts has reviewed the existing evidence on a topic, graded the evidence, and made recommendations for how to implement the evidence in a clinical setting. Guidelines can be developed on the international, national, state, and local level by health organizations, hospitals, and other groups, but always check the quality and authorship to be sure it is trustworthy and can be used in patient care.

Check guideline sites

Check databases by selecting "Guideline" or "Practice Guideline" from the Publication Type or Article Type limit and searching for part of your topic

Check the websites of trusted professional organizations (See the list of examples)

  • Search the web for part of your topic (usually a specific disease, condition, or intervention) and "practice guideline" or "clinical guideline"
  • Go to an organization's website and search on their site for guidelines they have posted

Dissertations/Theses

Many researchers do thorough studies in order to complete a dissertation or thesis, but these studies may not always be published later as journal articles.  It is important to search for dissertations/theses on your topic, especially as these studies can help you as you are designing your research study.

Open Access Dissertations/Theses

Need more help?  See the guide to Dissertations and Theses in Libraries of UNC-Chapel Hill 

Books

Our library catalog will aid you in finding books, kits, cd's, dvd's and more.  The catalog is available from the HSL website or at http://search.lib.unc.edu.  Books published before 1990 are in the library basement. Books published after 1990 are on the library's third floor.

For a quick guide to searching the catalog, visit our Finding Health Information guide.

If we don't have it:

1. Check the resources of our TRLN network using the Expand Your Search box on the right side of the catalog results page.  Many times you can order your book from one of these libraries.

2. If TRLN doesn't have it, request it via the Interlibrary Loan website.

To get into UNC databases:

On Campus Access: Electronic resources are accessible on-campus. Faculty, students and staff must register personal laptops and mobile devices with UNC Chapel Hill ITS.

UNC Hospitals Access: Electronic resources are available via the Library website by logging in with your Onyen. Note: UpToDate is available within EPIC.

Off Campus Access: Access resources off-campus via the Library website by logging in with your Onyen. Most electronic resources are accessible off-campus to students, faculty, and staff, including UNC Hospitals' staff.

Create or manage your ONYEN and password here.

Learn about off-campus access IDs.

Report an off-campus access or hospital access problem.

 

To get access to full articles:

Find @ UNC

Click on the Find @ UNC button button in database results to:

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E-Research Tools (Databases)




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PubMed's Journal Database will find the full journal title for a journal abbreviation.