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Dental Research @ Pacific University Library

A guide to finding - and getting - the information you need.

Recommended Databases

Database Search Tips

* Don't try just one!

Search multiple databases - each database indexes a different collection of journals/sources.

* “Synonomize” 

Don’t feel tied to a specific term – think of alternatives, and loosely associated terms.

* Start big… 

Start your search with general terms – it’s easier to narrow down 1,000 results than it is to expand 0.

*…but keep it small

Don’t use phrases or overly complex search strings.


When you find a good article, look at the subject terms or keywords that the database has used to index that article.  Use those terms in a new search.  Speak the database's language - it'll respond.

Looking for Full-Text?

Do you already have an article citation, and just need to find the full-text?  Use the links to below to check for either electronic or paper full-text in the Library.

(If the Library doesn't have the article you need, you can request it through ILLiad (Interlibrary Services)).