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BIOL 306: Anatomy & Physiology: Article Databases

Article Databases

While SMSU subscribes to nearly 80 databases, the following are the recommended databases for this project. If you need to use databases beyond these, please ask a librarian for guidance.

ScienceDirect Tips

ScienceDirect is an advanced database. For this project, you might find it helpful to try the following steps to narrow your results.

  1. Open the Advanced Search screen.
  2. Click on the JOURNALS tab.
  3. Type your disease in the first box and choose "abstract, title, keywords" from the dropdown menu
  4. In the next line, type one of these words (depending on what information you need to gather yet): treatment, etiology, diagnosis, history; again, set the dropdown menu to "abstract, title, keywords"
  5. Limit by Document Type to ARTICLE and REVIEW ARTICLE
  6. Consider limiting by date so your results only include recent publications. (e.g., 2012 - present)


Statista is an excellent database for finding statistics. Follow these instructions to find dossiers filled with statistical information.

  1. Hover over the Industries tab at the top of the screen.
  2. Click on Health & Pharmaceuticals.
  3. This page has a lot of potentially useful information, but to find the list of dossiers, scroll down until you see Statista - Market Studies & Reports on the right hand side of the page.

Tip: When viewing a graph, remember you can change the visual style of the chart by clicking on Settings and then choosing a different chart type.

Interlibrary Loan

If you find articles in these databases that aren't full-text (and have used the "Search for Full-Text" link to search SMSU's other databases for the article), you can request a copy of the article via Interlibrary Loan.

Off-Campus Access

Remember you can access SMSU databases 24/7 from off-campus with your StarID login!