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Medicine: Finding journal articles

This is a guide to Library resources and services for Medical students

Finding journal articles on a topic using Library Search

You can also use Library Search to find articles on a topic of interest. Enter a few keywords or search terms and select the 'Library Search' dropdown option.

From your results you can filter to select either just Articles or Peer-reviewed Journals.

Finding a specific journal article using Library Search

If you are looking for a specific journal article, you can use Library Search to search for it. Enter the title of the article into the box and and select the 'Library Search' dropdown option.

If you don't find the article you can try the advanced search and select title ...is (exact) from the dropdown menu.

Subject Specific Journal resources or Library search?

You can use Library Search or the individual Journal Resources to search for articles.

By using the specialist resources like, JSTOR or Web of Science:

  • You're likely to benefit from more advanced search options, and get more precise search results. For example, you'll often get more sophisticated options for narrowing down your search, setting up alerts and choosing search terms using a built-in thesaurus.
  • Specialist resources usually just focus on particular subject areas (e.g. history, medicine, law), whereas Library Search covers all topics. Therefore, searching specialist resources should give you more focused and relevant results.
  • Library Search doesn't cover everything the Library has access too.

Literature Searching

Please also see our guide to Literature Searching.

Critical Appraisal Resources