Whether you are writing a paper for a class or developing a manuscript for publication, most research begins with a search for journal articles from trusted, peer-reviewed sources. Follow the steps below to find the articles that best fit your research question using the resources available to you through USF Health LIbraries.
1. Decide on the subject for which you want to locate articles
The more specific the topic is, the more relevant the results you will retrieve. Searching the phrase low back pain, not just pain, narrows the results.
3. Search the Database for articles on your subject
Databases are indexes of primarily journals that allow you to search for specific articles based on the article title, article abstract, author(s), date of publication, and more. Once you've run a search using your keywords, review the article abstracts in your search results to determine if the article is appropriate to answer your research question.
Each database varies so to make your search more effective, look within the database for tips or check out some of the options below for getting additional help through the library.
Some databases may already include the full articles for download. If not, the Find it @ USF button will take you the catalog entry to allow you to access the PDF or request the article through interlibrary loan.