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Reference databases are

  • A great place to start your research

  • Provide definitions, introductory information, facts, vocabulary/keywords, names

  • Preferred over Wikipedia by your instructors

  • Include citations for your bibliography!

  • Collection of encyclopedias, reference databases, issue topic databases

Articles are a great source for more specific questions. For example, turn to them for examples of wellness behaviors. At BC3, the primary databases for search wellness or health topics would be EBSCOhost's MasterFile Premier and Health Source databases.

Research databases
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  • Select / Deselect all
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • MasterFILE Premier

If you need to find scholarly journal articles for your research project, then your best best for wellness topics are the following databases.

Books are an excellent source for both general and specific topics. They provide a greater depth of information. You might find an entire book helpful or simply use a chapter. Use the BC3 Library Catalog to find both print books and online ebooks. If you only want ebooks, you can search those collections individually.

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Use it to find books, ebooks, DVDs in the library's collection 

or browse our A-Z list of databases.

Get the Full Text

PDF link.

If you are viewing an article citation in a database or website, look for a PDF full text icon or link. PDF is the preferred format over Html (web format) because it will look like the print version and it will usually have pagination, which is helpful for citing.

Document Delivery

If the full text is not freely available, you can request articles through the BC3 Library's document delivery service. We will try to get it for you from another library and then email it to you. On average, this will take about a day.

  • If you are using an EBSCOhost database, when viewing the article record, click on the Request Article link located in the article record.

Request this item.

  • If you are using a different database or find an article on the web, submit your request using our Document Delivery form.

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Credible Web Sources

Fake science and health news can cause potential physical and financial damage - it’s easy to be misled (or even harmed) by unproven or exaggerated claims, not to mention the financial impact of spending money on products and services that may not make any difference in your life.

Evaluating Health Information

Video: Fact checking fake health and medical news on the internet

Health & Medical Websites

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724-287-8711 ext. 8296

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