Biomedical Science

Databases (also known as Indexes)

Try these databases first to find scholarly articles in Biomedical Science.  If you've never used them, check out their tutorials.

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Biomedical Science Journals

Below is a list of some of the most important journals in Biomedical Sciences.

**Trent does not subscribe to this journal. The link provided is to the journal homepage where citations, abstracts and sometimes whole articles can be read. Articles can be ordered through the library's interlibrary loan service, RACER.

Library Skills Tutorials

Troubleshooting Searches

Too few articles:

  • Check for typos and spelling. Consider using both American and British spellings (eg. behaviour or behavior).
  • Remove long phrases.
  • Make sure you're using a database that is likely to include information on your topic.
  • Try using other synonyms and alternate words joined by the Boolean Operator 'OR' (e.g. aboriginal or indigenous or First Nations).
  • Check your Boolean logic.  Are you using 'AND' between synonyms/alternate words when you should be using 'OR'?
  • If you have found at least one good article, look at the references of this article to find other related articles OR use the 'Find citing' or 'Find related' buttons when available in the databases.
  • Perhaps your topic is too narrow.  You may need to broaden it. 

Too many articles:

  • Perhaps your topic is too broad.  Add another concept to your searching using the Boolean operator 'AND'.
  • Add Limits (e.g. Peer Reviewed, Date of Publication, Language, Publication Type, etc.).
  • Check your Boolean logic. Are you using 'OR' between the main concepts when you should be using 'AND'?
  • When Keyword searching, try searching just in the Title field. This is not recommended for all searches, as you will eliminate relevant articles that don't have those keywords in the title, but it will likely find a few articles to get you started.
  • Try searching with Subject Headings. Databases including PsycINFO, Medline and CINAHL all have a well established thesaurus of controlled vocabulary. In Medline or PubMed this controlled vocabulary is known as MeSH.  The controlled vocabulary is a specific list of Terms used to describe an item. The terms are controlled by the publisher and applied consistently by scholarly staff who determine which terms should be applied. This is significant because we can be confident that the same terminology is applied in the same way to each article, linking relevant items.  (Most databases rely on authors to provide subject terms, causing inconsistency in how they're applied.)
  • If you're searching in a database that covers all subjects (e.g. Academic Search Elite, Web of Knowledge), look for a database that is subject specific (e.g. PsycINFO, Medline, PubMed, CINAHL).

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What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a system that allows you to request material from other libraries to be sent to Trent for you to borrow. Normally, there are no costs to use the ILL service. Plan ahead because it can take a few days or even weeks for material to be sent, depending upon availability.

Visit the RACER (ILL) page for more information.