Library Database: a searchable collection of citations for articles and other materials (usually with abstracts and other information).
Some library databases contain the actual articles ("full text"). CINAHL Plus with Full Text (UNC's CINAHL version) is a good example.
Otherwise, you will use Find@UNC to link to the articles (full text) or to find other options for accessing them.
Database searches yield article citations from many journals simultaneously, saving you time.
Different databases have different focuses/cover different disciplines.
An article can be indexed in (its citation can be found in) many different databases.
Some databases also index conference proceedings and other materials.
Most UNC databases are paid for by the library to give you stable access to high quality scholarly information.
As opposed to the filtered information in Evidence-Based Practice resources such as Cochrane and other systematic review databases (where experts have collected, analyzed, and reported the evidence for you), searchers of the databases below generally must analyze the quality and relevance of the studies themselves.
You can also search for specific Publication Types or Article Types such as Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, Guideline, or Randomized Controlled Trial in Health Sciences Databases such as CINAHL, PubMed, or Embase.
Find @ UNC links you directly to full-text articles available through UNC-CH Libraries subscriptions and many open-access resources. When the article is not online via Find @ UNC, scroll down the resulting page to see other options.
Library databases let you search for article citations across hundreds of journals at once and to use the Find @ UNC button to link to the articles themselves (i.e. full-text) when available online. Different databases focus on different disciplines, while many article citations appear in multiple databases. Search journal titles in UNC's library catalog.
Access: Off Campus Access is available for: UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff; UNC Hospitals employees; UNC-Chapel Hill affiliated AHEC users. Coverage: Indexing, 1975-present; Full-text, 1975-present
Access: Off Campus Access is available for: UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff; UNC Hospitals employees; UNC-Chapel Hill affiliated AHEC users. Coverage: 1985 to present for full text; other indexing back to 1800
Don't forget, Ask Us when you have difficulty finding what you're looking for in a database.
Don't forget, many databases have a link to help files as part of their search screens.
Boolean Basics for Searching
Boolean searching helps you find less (narrows) or find more (broadens) results when you search in many databases and Web search engines. Boolean searching depends on the use of three terms: AND, OR, and NOT. Enter these terms in ALL CAPS because many search engines are case sensitive for these terms.
CINAHL and PubMed are two of the most widely used databases in the Health Sciences. CINAHL and PubMed are often searched for similar material, so this guide presents concepts essential to both. The content is broken down into small chunks, designed to accommodate the busiest schedules as well as provide easy reference.