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Find Journal Articles

Your best bet for finding relevant journal articles is one of SHIRP's journal article databases.
Read descriptions below for helping choosing the most relevant database.

Need more help with your search? Check out our Research Help section. 

Need an article not available via SHIRP? We can get it for you, free of charge, from another library. Complete this form or read more about retrieving articles via article databases.

Key Databases for Finding Journal Articles

Ovid Medline

About this database: Major bibliographic database for clinical medicine, including: internal medicine, general medicine, primary care, family medicine, and general practice, as well as: veterinary medicine, nursing, allied health, dentistry, and pre-clinical sciences

Get help: Introduction to Medline on Ovid (video, 18 minutes)

CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

About this database: A comprehensive database providing full text for more than 760 journals and abstracts and indexing for over 3000 journals covering nursing & allied health topics.

Get help: CINAHL How-To-Search Webinar (recorded webinar, 47 minutes)

Ovid APA PsycInfo

About this database: PsycInfo contains literature on psychology, focused on the interdisciplinary aspects of worldwide behavioural and social science research and literature.

Get help: Searching PsycInfo (video, 7 minutes). This video was created by a USask librarian for USask students. Please note that SHIRP members will continue to access PsycInfo through SHIRP's website, not through the route described in this video.

This video does an excellent job describing how to use subject headings to search effectively. The principles in this video will help you to search in other databases as well.

Ovid HealthSTAR

About this database: Ovid HealthSTAR is comprised of data from the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Medline. It contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery.


About this database: A collection of hundreds of scientific, technical, and medical journals from publishers and societies hosted by Ovid on its Journals@Ovid platform.

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