What is an Electronic Database?
How do We Search Them?
MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings, and is best described in the excerpt from the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s, "Fact Sheet, Medical Subject Headings" (2013a):
"MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. MeSH descriptors are arranged in both an alphabetic and a hierarchical structure. At the most general level of the hierarchical structure are very broad headings such as "Anatomy" or "Mental Disorders." More specific headings are found at more narrow levels of the twelve-level hierarchy, such as "Ankle" and "Conduct Disorder." There are 27,149 descriptors in 2014 MeSH. There are also over 218,000 entry terms that assist in finding the most appropriate MeSH Heading, for example, "Vitamin C" is an entry term to "Ascorbic Acid." In addition to these headings, there are more than 219,000 headings called Supplementary Concept Records (formerly Supplementary Chemical Records) within a separate thesaurus"
(Cumulated Index in Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
Database which includes journals for nursing and allied health professionals. CINAHL is cataloged within EBSCOhost, which is an online Internet reference system (EBSCOhost, n.d.a; EBSCOhost, n.d.b)
The following links will provide you with an overview on how to use CINAHL Complete:
Database which includes abstract citations and references for peer-reviewed literature and online books from a broad range of interdisciplinary professions. Some abstract citations will provide a link to the full-text journal article if available within the PubMed Central collection or made available by the publisher. (U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d.)
The following links will provide you with an overview on how to use PubMed “Search Tools”. Please click the show me, in each of the guides, to access demonstrations of the provided instructions:
(Medline 1946 – Present)
Medline is the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database and article index of journals in the biomedical research and clinical sciences, including allied health. OVID is the software company providing the search capabilities or Medline.
The following links will provide you with an overview on how to use Medline OVID:
Google Scholar “provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature … across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites” (Google, n.d.)
The following link will provide you with an overview on how to use Google Scholar: