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PHPR 3461: PAW Review

Finding Articles - Resources Outside the Library

Source Advantages Disadvantages Best For: 
  • Searches everything
  • Easy to use
  • Access to government resources
  • Searches everything, hard to find the "good stuff"
  • Not many options to narrow your search
  •  Finding background information on your research
  • Identifying key terms or concepts
Google Scholar
  • Searches only scholarly sources through a Google platform
  • Easy to use
  • Can link to library resources from Google Scholar
  • Not many options to narrow your search
  • Not as comprehensive as other sources 
  • Beginning to find some scholarly articles on your topic
  • Free database from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Very comprehensive
  • Sometimes hard to get to full-text articles
  • Doing comprehensive searches in the medical field


Finding Articles Using Library Resources

Resource Advantages Disadvantages Best For:
  • Lots of results
  • Can search across disciplines (i.e. pharmacy and psychology)
  • Various ways to limit your search
  • Lots of results can be overwhelming
  • interdisciplinary searches
  • Very specific searches
Academic Search Complete
  • Good general database for finding relevant articles
  • Access to many full-text articles
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Not enough results sometimes
  • Not specific to pharmacy or medicine
  • Good place to start your research
  • Interdisciplinary searches
International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
  • Specific to the discipline of pharmacy
  • Relevant results
  • Various ways to limit your search
  • Heterick Library only has a 3 simultaneous user subscription.
  • Finding pharmacy specific resources
MedLINE with Full Text
  • Specific to medically related fields of study
  • Various ways to limit your search
  • Potentially not as comprehensive as PubMED since it is a subset of PubMED
  • Articles include all fields related to medicine so number of results can sometimes be overwhelming
  • Finding a wide range of medical articles


Google Scholar - Off Campus Access

On campus, you are automatically linked to the Libraries' resources.  However, off-campus these links are not automatically available and you must adjust your settings as shown below.  

  1. First, you must sign up for a free Google account which you already have if you have an ONU email.  
  2. Sign in to Google Scholar with your email username and password. (Your email address will appear in the top right-hand corner if you are already signed in)
  3. Click on Settings at the top of the page.  
  4. Click on Library links in the left-hand column.  
  5. Type in Heterick Memorial Library and click on Save.