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Nursing - Information Literacy

Free vs. "fee-based" sites

Scholarly peer reviewed literature is best organized and searchable using your library subscribed databases (fee-based). The web search engines allow you to search the general contents of the Web in a more incomplete way. Although you may find links to selected full-text articles free on the Web, this represents only a small portion of the literature. Comprehensive researchers cannot rely on this small fraction of what is published.

TIP: The first place to begin a literature search is to use the library licensed electronic databases such as CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO. Refer back to Lesson 2.

Scholarly literature, peer-reviewed, is expensive to produce and organize, and most bibliographic databases and full-text electronic journals are only obtained by license arrangements (e.g, The Hoffman Family Library subscribes to a number of databases as institutional subscriptions).

Licensed databases ("fee-based") are available from your library's databases page. See the box on the left