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Scientific Literature Databases
Tips for getting the most out of searches;
- Put in simple search terms or two-word search terms together. This works much better than entering long phrases.
- Always check the date of the articles you retrieve to make sure you are getting the most recent research.
- Look first for review articles. This will provide summary and background to help you understand the field. There are instructions how to do this for each database.
- These are an abstract databases, not full text. To find the full text or articles, follow instructions for each database below.
Databases for searching scientific literature
PubMed (Medline) This link opens in a new window
Use for biomedical journal articles.
Find Review articles by refining your search at the right hand side of the page.
Look for Find Text @MSU buttons to get to the full text. These only appear if you access PubMed through this guide or the MSU Libraries site.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Use for any kind of science or psychology topic in journals and some book chapters. Good for finding materials that cross between psychology and medicine/biology.
Find Review articles by refining your search at the left hand side of the page. See Review under "Document Type".
For full text, click on the Find Text @ MSU or the Full Text button. If one doesn't work, try the other.
PsycINFO including PsycARTICLES This link opens in a new window
Use for searching psychology journals and book chapters.
There's not a good way to find Review articles in PsycInfo. I suggest just looking for journal articles.
You may need to change the sort from "relevance" to "newest first".
Full Text: Use the Find Text@MSU link to get to the full text.
Google Scholar works very differently than the literature databases above. It searches all kinds of resources, not just peer-reviewed journals or books. Also, there is no human curation of quality for inclusion. You will need to spend more time reviewing the quality of results from Google Scholar than if you use PubMed, Web of Science, or PsycINFO. For more info see PubMed, Web of Science, or Google Scholar? A behind-the-scenes guide for life scientists
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