Need help choosing which database to search? This table shows you the differences between the four core databases in communication sciences. The most useful database will depend greatly on your question.
|Database||Subject coverage||Publication types included||Dates covered|
|MEDLINE/PubMed||Largest biomedical database essential for health care research||Journal articles, editorials||1946 to present|
|CINAHL||Extensive coverage of nursing and allied health, including communication sciences journals not covered by MEDLINE||Journal articles, editorials, trade magazines||1937 to present|
|ERIC||Major education database based in the US||Journal articles, theses conferences, books||1966 to present|
|PsycInfo||Excellent resource for research on psychological, social, behavioural and mental health questions||Journal articles, books, book chapters||1806 to present|
Below are specialized resources that you may find useful. They are all freely accessible, so you will have access to them after you graduate. They will only provide abstract information; in order to find the full text of an article, you will have to use the library catalogue.
There is also free access to Medline through PubMed and ERIC through the US Department of Education (see links above).