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Research Guides
Western Carolina University

Health and Human Sciences (HHS)

https://researchguides.wcu.edu/hhs

Notice - LibraryAnn available virtually, via email, Zoom, all kinds of ways!

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.

All-in-One HHS Article Search

Start with 2 to 4 words about your topic.
Email Ann Hallyburton at ahallyb@wcu.edu or contact the library if you have trouble.

Using this multi-database searching tool, you search healthcare and social sciences-focused resources searched included the research databases MEDLINE (official name of what gets searched through PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free way into MEDLINE – but using the library's MEDLINE subscription you get directly to a LOT more full text online), Cochrane Collaboration’s systematic reviews, CINAHLEducation Source, ERICSocINDEX, and PsycINFO, as well as multidisciplinary resources such as Academic Search.  You may be thinking – I don’t SEE Cochrane listed in that database listing if I click the SEE ALL at the top of my results screen indicating what I’m searching.  Well, whenever you search MEDLINE, you end up searching the Cochrane Collaboration’s systematic reviews, too.

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.

The All-in-One search box allows you to search healthcare, psychological, 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. 
  2. Look through your first page or two of results and grab what you like. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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%!

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:

  • 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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