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Athletic Training

Library Search and Bibliography Assignment

Purpose:

This assignment will help you to locate and be aware of specific types of journal articles as well as the level of evidence an article holds and provides to those that use it. 

Terms: 

Level of Evidence:

A ranking system used to describe the strength of the results measured in a clinical trial or research study. The design of the study (such as a case report for an individual patient or a randomized double-blind controlled clinical trial) and the endpoints measured (such as a survival or quality of life) affect the strength of the evidence. 

Accuracy of Information: 

The quality of true, exact, and correct information. This can be determined by evaluating what is stable by what you know, looking at their sources of information, and determining their authority on the subject. 

Subject Constraints:

The limitation of information provided by the type of information desired. This can be done during your database searching by including keywords for the type of material you desire or using your limiters to select the material type. 

Athletic Training Resources

Use the following databases to help you locate journals articles on your topic of interest. 

Best bets are databases and journals Welder Library subscribes to or allows for open access. Please start your research using these resources. Other resources found are available through Welder Library or on the internet. However you are welcome to use our Interlibrary Loan service to request the article you are looking for. 

Best Bets 

  • Academic Search Ultimate- This database provides access to more than 10,000 active full text journals and magazines cited in key subject indexes. The combination of academic journal, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos meets the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law, literacy, mathematics, pharmacology, women's studies, zoology, and more. 
  • CINAHL - CINAHL Complete is a comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. CINAHL Complete is a research tool for all areas of nursing & allied health literature. 
  • Health Source (Nursing/Academic Edition) - This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many mental disciplines. Also features AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. 
  • MEDLINE with Full Text - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinicial sciences found on MEDLINE, plus the database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE. 

Other Resources

  • Education Source - The collection provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,850 academic periodicals and includes full text for more than 1,800 journals, 55 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over 4 million articles including book reviews and over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. 
  • PsycARTICLES - Is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. 
  • MEDLINE with Full Text - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinicial sciences found on MEDLINE, plus the database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE. 
  • CINAHL Complete -  A comprehensive source for full-text for nursing and allied health journals, providing full txt for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. Provides content and supports occupational therapy, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy programs. 
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trial- A bibliography of controlled trials identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration and others, as part of an international effort to hand search the world's journals;s and create an unbiased source of data for systemic reviews. 
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Contains full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of health care. Data is evidence-based and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies, each too small to produce reliable results individually. 
  • Cochrane Methodology Register - The Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR) is a bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings; these articles are taken from the MEDLINE database and from hand searches.