Your search may turn up many different kinds of sources - editorials, letters to the editor, magazine/newsletter articles, and other news reporting.
Here are some tips on how to spot research studies.
Please note that not all of the content in these publications is peer reviewed. You can confirm this by visiting the journal's website, or by looking up the journal in a resource like Ulrichsweb.
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PubMed is a freely available database of medical literature. It contains references from over 5000 journals from around the world.
PubMed contains all of the references listed in Medline, which libraries pay to access.
Search Using Keywords
You can search using keywords (This short video shows you how.)
Search Using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
You can also search using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) (this video shows you how). MeSH are tags attached to articles to describe what they are about.
Please note: MeSH uses Massage, not Massage Therapy, to describe articles.
Google Scholar can be useful in generating ideas around search terms, but is not a complete replacement for a PubMed search when it comes to health research. It is unclear which journals are included in Google Scholar and how far back it goes.
Google Scholar is very useful in tracking down the full text of articles cited in other works. Search for the title of the article in the search box below, and if Mount Royal subscribes to the journal, a link to the full text will be provided. If full text is not available, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan below.
The following APA resources will help you cite in-text, create a reference list, and format your paper.