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Finding Journal Articles
The most current research in CAM is often found in journal articles. The U of L Library subscribes to many databases that allow you to search for journal articles on your research topic. Some of the most important databases in the field of complementary and alternative medicine are listed on the right. Read the description of each database to determine which ones are most likely to include articles on your topic.
Databases usually provide article citation information and abstracts—summaries of what each article is about. Often, the full text of the article is available within the database or through a
link. If the full text of an article isn't available through the U of L Library, you may request it via an interlibrary loan.
For more information on finding articles through the U of L Library, visit our
Find Journal Articles guide. For tips on how to search databases, watch the video below.
Search Techniques and Strategies
The databases listed below are core resources in complementary and alternative medicine. They are among the best sources of scholarly articles on CAM research.
Keep in mind that many research topics are multidisciplinary, so you may wish to search
databases from other subject areas as needed.
CAM on PubMed
PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature, including the MEDLINE database. Your literature search will be automatically limited to the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) subset of PubMed.
A full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
MEDLINE [via OVID]
Produced by the United States National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Indexes approximately 5,200 of the world's leading nursing and biomedical journals.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Indexes over 5,000 journals in nursing and allied health fields, 760 of which are available in full text. Covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, complementary and alternative medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines.
EBM Reviews (Cochrane Collection)
A database combining several leading evidence based medicine (EBM) resources. An excellent source of systematic reviews on clinical topics for health professionals.
Web of Science Core Collection
Broad, multidisciplinary database indexing over 20,000 scholarly journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings worldwide.