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Journals are like magazines except the articles are written by researchers. Peer-reviewed journals have articles checked for accuracy and reliability by other scholars and experts in the field.

Databases provide access to articles that are unavailable on the open Internet. Article databases contain both popular & scholarly articles, and they are used to find journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Although they deliver content online, they are paid for through library subscriptions. Some databases only include descriptions (citations and/or abstracts) of articles with "Request this item through interlibrary loan" links, whereas other databases contain links to the full text of the article. 


Strategies for finding articles:

  • Use OCtopus for a 'Google-like' experience
  • Use a specific database, such as CINAHL, that will only contain information related to your subject area.
  • Search within a relevant journal. For example, if you want sources on culture, searching within a journal such as "Canadian Nurse", would help focus a search.

Articles from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and other publications can be found in indexes and databases. OC Library subscribes to more than 100 article databases that are not available on the free web.

Find specific electronic journals related to Nursing.

Browse e-journal titles to find articles. Use information from a citation to locate a specific article (such as from a reference list)


Use article reference lists to find other similar articles

Use database limiters, such as date or resource type, to get fewer, more focused search results

Key Health Databases:

Click for a complete list of health databases

TIP: Many article databases help you draft citations when you print, save or email them. ALWAYS double check the citations created by databases against the appropriate style guide.

Key Journals & Magazines

Browse these journals and professional magazines for current information in your field. You can also search across all OC e-journals.

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