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All-in-One HHS Article Search

The All-in-One HHS Article Search box allows you to search health, psychology, science, education, and related resources like MEDLINE, CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO, SocINDEX, SPORTDiscus, Academic Search Complete, and more, all at one time. You can use it whenever you need to find articles. You will also find some electronic books through this search.  

  1. Start by searching 2 to 4 of the words or concepts you believe are most important about this topic. For instance, try focusing on a word or phrase that is most related to what is the primary focus of your research and also your practice – that is the person, priority, patient, population, problem, plan, practitioner, or professional.
  2. Go through your first page or two of results and find results that seem like what you need. 
  3. Look for title or subject words in articles you like most and use those to further refine the search.  If you need more information on specific issues within your wider topic, add in or change your search words to reflect what you are needing to find.
  4. If you need to limit your results by peer review status or date, look to the left of your results and locate the REFINE RESULTS column.  Under that column in a section called “Limiters,” click the boxes and make date changes as you need.
  5. When you find things you like, get to the full text in the following way.  If you get the "PDF Full Text" link, click that and the full text should open right up.  If you only get the purple "Find Full Text" link, click that. A link to get at the electronic full text or, in some cases, information on how to find the print version in the library will come up.  However, if such links do not show, then click the "No full text available? Try Interlibrary Loan" link that does show after clicking "Find Full Text." If you are prompted to log into Interlibrary Loan, just use your regular Catamount (student) or WCU (employee) ID and password.
  6. To save citations, click “Add to folder”  beside titles of articles. Click the top folder icon to email or download selections before exiting.  When emailing, specify a citation format (AMA, APA, etc.) by selecting the "Citation Format" option - do not trust 100%! 

Email Ann Hallyburton at ahallyb@wcu.edu or contact the library if you have trouble.

PICO Clinical Question helps define search words.  Search using 2 to 4 words from the P, the PI, or the PO.

Can't get at the full text of something you want?  Try finding the article in the HHS All-in-One Article Search box (https://researchguides.wcu.edu/hhs/articles).  You can search with just a few words from an article's title.  There will be a "PDF Full Text"  or "Find Full Text" link following the information about the article.  

If you get the "PDF Full Text" link, click that and the full text should open right up.  

If you only get the purple "Find Full Text" link, click that.  A link to get at the electronic full text or, in some cases, information on how to find the print version in the library will come up.  However, if such links do not show, then click the "No full text available? Try Interlibrary Loan" link that does show after clicking "Find Full Text." 

If you are prompted to log into Interlibrary Loan, just use your regular Catamount (student) or WCU (employee) ID and password.

Start out with those basic steps. Often, those basic search steps are all you need, most especially if you change your search words to reflect terms you note pop up in relevant results you find.

The All-in-One HHS Article Search box allows you to search health, psychology, science, education, and related resources like MEDLINE, CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO, SocINDEX, SPORTDiscus, Academic Search Complete, and more, all at one time. You can use it whenever you need to find articles. You will also find some electronic books through this search.  

  1. Start by searching 2 to 4 of the words or concepts you believe are most important about this topic. For instance, try focusing on a word or phrase that is most related to what is the primary focus of your research and also your practice – that is the person, priority, patient, population, problem, plan, practitioner, or professional.
  2. Go through your first page or two of results and find results that seem like what you need. 
  3. Look for title or subject words in articles you like most and use those to further refine the search.  If you need more information on specific issues within your wider topic, add in or change your search words to reflect what you are needing to find.
  4. If you need to limit your results by peer review status or date, look to the left of your results and locate the REFINE RESULTS column.  Under that column in a section called “Limiters,” click the boxes and make date changes as you need.
  5. When you find things you like, get to the full text in the following way.  If you get the "PDF Full Text" link, click that and the full text should open right up.  If you only get the purple "Find Full Text" link, click that. A link to get at the electronic full text or, in some cases, information on how to find the print version in the library will come up.  However, if such links do not show, then click the "No full text available? Try Interlibrary Loan" link that does show after clicking "Find Full Text." If you are prompted to log into Interlibrary Loan, just use your regular Catamount (student) or WCU (employee) ID and password.
  6. To save citations, click “Add to folder”  beside titles of articles. Click the top folder icon to email or download selections before exiting.  When emailing, specify a citation format (AMA, APA, etc.) by selecting the "Citation Format" option - do not trust 100%! 

Email Ann Hallyburton at ahallyb@wcu.edu or contact the library if you have trouble.

If searching with 2 to 4 words or concepts does not get you what you need, contact Ann Hallyburton (ahallyb@wcu.edu) or try these more advanced search strategies using Boolean search logic:  Please note, Ann (ahallyb@wcu.edu) writes fancy Boolean search phrases all the time, so she will happily write one for you. Since she does this kind of stuff all the time, she's less likely to make easy or harder errors with the parentheses and the *'s and the various other search "operators." Errors like putting a ( in an incorrect spot can severely impact your results. When in doubt, please contact Ann (ahallyb@wcu.edu) and concentrate on doing those short, simple, but very focused word searches covered previously. Those are often all you need and work well in most all searching tools you might use (search engines like Google, academic databases like those contained in the All-in-One HHS Article search, USA.gov, even Amazon, Ebay etc).. 

  • and between words you want to appear - speech and therapy       
  • or between words that have similar meanings - therapy or treatment     
  • * asterisk for multiple endings - nurs* to get nurse, nursing, nurses, etc.
  • () parentheses to use and/or together - (older or aged) and therap*
  • "" quotation marks for words to appear in specific order - "lateral epicondylitis"

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Email Ann Hallyburton at ahallyb@wcu.edu and let her know as much as you can about your information need.  She will email you back (usually very, very quickly).  If you are wanting to virtually meet up, just let her know days/times you would be available (may be able to meet near-immediately).  Virtual meetings with your full group can also be set up.