The Library provides access to many online article databases that will help you locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author and title.
You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.
Includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more
Databases by Subject
Choose an database according to your subject of interest.
- Begin your research in the Health and Medicine Databases
- Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.) Run your search in several databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.
Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips
- Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before going up to the Explorer bar and using the back or print buttons
- For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
- Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
- To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
- When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
- Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
- Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
- Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
- Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
- dental AND (caries OR cavities)
- (radiogr* OR xray* OR x-ray* OR diag* imag*)
- Put the key concepts together like this example:
dental AND (caries OR cavities) AND (radiogr* OR xray* OR x-ray* OR diag* imag*)
- capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command not just listing a word to be found
- Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, imag* finds image, images, imagery, imaging