Databases are search tools (large indexes) that help you find evidence based literature. They can be discipline specific (such as Medline), or multidisciplinary (such as Scopus).
They allow you to:
Databases either provide the full text to articles, or the reference and abstract only. Some contain a mixture of both.
Identifying relevant databases to search depending on what you need to find, and searching them effectively is a important skill you need to develop.
Primary and secondary resources in health guide:
Primary databases allow you to find articles or papers with original research.
Secondary databases has information that has been interpreted, assessed or appraised, using certain rules or set criteria by the authors e.g. review articles, systematic reviews and meta-analysis articles.
Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication. They account for a large percentage of university research output and publish issues on a regular basis (e.g. monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly etc.). They:
UniSA Library provides online access to hundreds of journals relating to medical sonography.
Some journals of interest:
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