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Health Sciences Undergraduate Library Guide

Finding articles using databases

Databases collect, organise and index information from journals, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations, magazines, newspapers and other sources.

Journal databases are online indexes to the academic journals and generally speaking, these give superior results when searching for information. They are more reliable in unlocking the contents of peer-reviewed journals and have more reliable links to full-text when compared with random searching of the internet where much of what is found is irrelevant in content or inaccessible to full-text. A database is searched by typing in appropriate keywords that represent your topic.  

You can access UCT libraries databases through the A-Z list of databases on the Health Sciences library homepage.


Searching Primo

Primo is a search tool for finding books, eBooks, articles, journals, videos and more. Searching in Primo will find articles on your topic, you can filter the results of your search to a specific aspect of the topic you are researching. You can further narrow your results by resource type and choose articles and by publication date.

How to search EbscoHost

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