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Journal Article Databases


PubMed is an online database used to search MEDLINE. It includes journal citations from the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 20 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

  • Searching PubMed - Need more information on searching PubMed? Click on the link for a guide with helpful tips.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar uses the Google interface and search algorithms to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.  Connect to Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journals in full text in the Libraries. To connect to the full text, click "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" in your Google Scholar search results. Then click the "Find It" link to get a menu of full text and Library services. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ.


CINAHL, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, has a multidisciplinary scope covering nursing, 17 allied health disciplines, biomedicine, consumer health, health sciences librarianship and selected standards of professional practice.  For the nursing literature, there is a great deal of overlap between CINAHL and MEDLINE.  CINAHL covers all the English-language nursing literature, so you'll find smaller journals that aren't covered by MEDLINE.  Since CINAHL is a much smaller, nursing-specific database than MEDLINE, it contains more choices of nursing-focused subject headings, and is useful for search questions specific to nursing that may be relevant to health coaching. 


Covers all areas of psychology, which may be relevant to health coaching questions. Provides bibliographic citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields. In addition, PsycINFO covers books, book chapters, and dissertations.  PsycINFO overlaps with MEDLINE, but provides much deeper coverage of psychology literature and is a good choice for search questions with psychology aspects.

Drug and Supplement Information 


Provides access to drug information resources, including DRUGDEX; POISINDEX; Martindale, the Extra Pharmacopoeia; Index Nominum; and Physician's Desk Reference. 

Natural Medicines

Natural Medicines is an international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative therapies. Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, information is created that is evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed, tapping into the collective expertise of a multidisciplinary Editorial Board. Includes these databases: Foods, Herbs, & Supplements; Health & Wellness; Genomics & Proteomics; Medical Conditions; Comparative Effectiveness; Brand Names; and Interactive Tools.

Background Information

Clinical Key

Full text access to selected medical texts, medical journals, practice guidelines, drug information, patient handouts, and CME materials. 

Access Medicine

E-Book collection of core basic sciences and clinical titles, including patient education materials.

Dynamed Plus

DynaMed Plus is an evidence-based clinical decision support tool with content from a team of physicians. It is designed for use at point-of-care. Over 3,200 topic summaries covering diseases, disorders, diagnostics, and drugs are derived from peer reviewed journals and systematic evidence review databases.

Cultural Care Resources

Culture Clues

Culture Clues contains tip sheets for clinicians, designed to increase awareness about concepts and preferences of patients from the diverse cultures served by University of Washington Medical Center. 


EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to the US. Also has links to patient education materials in a wide variety of languages. EthnoMed is a joint program of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and Harborview Medical Center's Interpreter Services Department/Community House Calls Program (ISD/CHC). 

Patient Education/Consumer Health 


KidsHealth is a project of The Nemours Foundation. It is an excellent resource for patient information at the child, teen, and parent reading levels. 


MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 590 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.  

Mayo Clinic Patient Care and Health Information

Patient-level information on diseases and conditions, symptoms, tests and procedures, and drugs and supplements.


Managing Your Information

The abundance of information--some useful, some not--has turned us all into curators of our personal collections. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the information in your life, or just want to find a way to format a few citations, check out the personal information management site.  Using a citation manager can help you to organize your citations and seamlessly create a bibliography at the end of a research paper or manuscript. You can learn about two of the citations mangers commonly used in the health sciences below.

Mendeley: Personal Citation Manager

Mendeley is a freely available citation manager that allows you to manage your PDFs and create a database of your own citations by importing references or PDFs. Mendeley also has a plug-in for MS Word call Cite-O-Matic which allows you to format papers and bibliographies.

Using Mendeley for the first time? See the videos below to learn about how Mendeley can help you organize your research. You can also view additional guides and tutorials from


APA Style Resources 

APA 6th Style Guide (from the Purdue Online Writing Lab)

An excellent resource on APA style guidelines for formatting the paper and creating a reference list. 

APA Reference Style Guide (from Northern Michigan University)

Nice APA style resource with many examples of citation formats, as well as nursing and health-specific examples. 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: Bio-Medical Library Reference WZ345 P976 2010

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration. 

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