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Finding Health Information: A Path Through the Maze: Health Source

This tutorial gives you an overview of key basic concepts and techniques for accessing health information using several online tools and databases.

Created by Health Science Librarians

What is Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition?

In our case studies, Cheryl is interested in peer-reviewed articles about exercise therapy for teenagers with diabetes. Health Source is a good database for her to search because it contains a broad variety of resources, many of which are available in full-text.

Getting Started with Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

You can access Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition by going to the E-Research by Discipline page, clicking on 'H' and scrolling down to Health Source Plus - Nursing/Academic.

Cheryl is interested in exercise therapies for teenagers with diabetes so she enters diabetes in one box using AND to combine it with exercise in the next box, with teenagers in the next box.


She then uses the Refine Results options on the left hand sided of the results screen to add limits for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals and published in the last 5 years.

Limit To 

From those results she selects the most relevant articles and temporarily stores them by clicking the folder icon. From folder view Cheryl can email or save these article references.

Both of these articles are available in full-text via the PDF Full Text icon. If no full text links are shown for a particular article that interests her, Cheryl can click on the Find @ UNC button to find out in UNC-Chapel Hill has access to the article through another source.