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Joint Medical Program Library Resources: Articles

Find the Full Article from a Citation


In database search results, click the Get it at UC icon Get it at UC button to check for an online copy of the article.

Search PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar, or another appropriate article database by article title, then click the Get it a UC button

Example citation for JMP orientation session:

Six-year mortality in a street-recruited cohort of homeless youth in San Francisco, California. Auerswald C.L., Lin J.S., Parriott A. PeerJ 2016 2016:4 Article Number e1909


Search Operators and Tips

Structuring Your Search

It may be useful to have a structure to help guide you when searching. 

When you formulate a research question, consider these elements:

  • Phenomenon: What happened?
  • Subject or Population: Who did it?
  • Time: When did it happen?
  • Location: Where did it happen?
  • Cause or Motivation: Why did it happen?
  • Process: How did it happen?

Note: It is possible that not all of the above elements will be appropriate for your search topic.
This exercise (docx) will take you through the process of formulating a search

PICO is another popular way to structure a search.
PICO stands for Patient or Population; Intervention; Comparison or Control; Outcome.
Embase has a PICO Search option.

SPIDER is a search structure used in qualitative research. SPIDER stands for Sample, Phenomenon of Interest, Design, Evaluation, Research Type.

Once you have a search strategy, you can use the Polyglot Search tool to translate a PubMed search into the correct syntax for several other databases, including Embase, Scopus, Web of Science, and more.

Core Public Health Article Databases

Selected Additional Databases

The Guide to Public Health Databases has many more databases you might find useful.

Yet more databases

The UC Berkeley Library provides access to hundreds of databases in all subject areas. Check out the A-Z Databases Guide for a comprehensive list. Once at this page, you can narrow by subject or format type.