Podiatry: Journal articles


Some key databases to search:

Before you search analyse your research question. Consider:

  1. The main concepts in your question. You can use these as search terms.
  2. Any synonyms (similar keywords) you could also include in your search e.g. elderly / aged /older
  3. Any words you need to define.
  4. Plurals or different word endings for any search terms e.g. foot / feet

Find different word endings or spellings in databases by using:

  • Truncation - for different word endings e.g. diabet* finds diabetes or diabetic
  • Wildcards - find different words spellings e.g. ag?ing  ageing or aging

Combine your keywords, using the connectors OR / AND, when searching.

Quick guides:

Ken Wilcox , September 11, 2009, ‘Day 254 – Feet’, CC License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en),  Image Source: Flickr, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenwilcox/3911652876/)

You can use EndNote, or RefWorks software to create a library of references and do your referencing in a Word document.

The Library Catalogue and most databases allow you to import references into EndNote or RefWorks.


Peer reviewed

Light bulb [Manuel C. Piñeiro 2012, 'neon (classic) bulb', CC Licence: CC0 1.0 Universal, http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/, Image Source: Open Clip Art Library, http://openclipart.org/detail/172390/neon-classic-bulb-by-asincrono-172390]At university you are expected to use quality sources.

Peer review is an accepted measure of quality. For some assignments you may be required use only peer reviewed articles.

Peer reviewed means an article has been evaluated and recommended for publication by one or more experts in the field.

Quick guides:



Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication.

They account for a large percentage of university research output.


  • present current research/debate
  • provide highly focused information
  • contain research findings/opinions of experts
  • contain information not found elsewhere
  • contain information about new research areas
  • may be peer reviewed

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Relevant article found?

Follow the clues! Look at:

  • author supplied keywords or subjects
  • subject headings applied by the database
  • terminology used in the abstract
  • who the authors are
  • the reference list

Grey Literature

Link to Grey Literature <image, public domain>

Find sources of unpublished & non-traditional scholarly materials: 'Grey literature'