Databases
The NSU HPD Library
offers many
Database Indexes to
search for Journal
Articles.
Each one is different.
This presentation is
an attempt to
highlight the
differences in
content between
some of our most
popular database
indexes.
• PUBMED
• EMBASE
• ISI Web of Knowledge
• CINAHL
Database Coverage
Medical Literature
For our demonstration, this white box represents all of the Periodical Medical
Literature published in the world in all languages.
Including Journals, Magazines, White Papers, Association Bulletins, etc.
Index Databases “index” or “cover” a limited amount of all
The following examples
the periodical literature out there
are merely illustrations
they are not accurate as
No one Database will cover all of it. Many things are not
to percentile or ratios
At anytime
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covered by an index at all, anywhere.
This light blue box will represent database
“coverage” of the periodical literature
This white box below represents the whole of non-medical literature
Multi-Disciplinary Non-Medical Literature – Education,
Psychology, Social Sciences, Pure Sciences, Business,
Humanities, etc.
Medical Literature
PubMed.gov has 3 database
collections
PubMed.gov
• Old-Medline – ( non indexed
articles from the 50’s & 60’s)
includes:
Medline
• Medline – (fully indexed
articles from 1949  present)
Pre-Medline
Old-Medline
• Old-Medline
• Medline
• Pre-Medline
• Pre-Medline – (brief entries
for very recent articles without
full indexing)
You will see that these 3
cover a great deal of the
Medical Literature but not all
of it.
While these collections index
mostly Medical journals they
also index some cross
disciplinary Journals.
Multi-Disciplinary Non-Medical Literature – Education,
Psychology, Social Sciences, Pure Sciences, Business,
Humanities, etc.
EMBASE.com coverage
Medical Literature
EMBASE.com
includes both:
• Medline
and
• Unique EMBASE titles
Medline
Unique to EMBASE
EMBASE is known for its advanced indexing and searching
for pharmaceutical related articles as well as better
coverage of European journals than Medline alone.
Multi-Disciplinary Non-Medical Literature
Medical Literature
ISI Web of Knowledge
Includes 4 database collections:
• Medline
• Science Citation Index
• Social Sciences Citation Index
• Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Medline
Science
Citation Index
The ISI Web of Knowledge search engine and
platform is not as sophisticated as others.
However, it includes the citation tracking tool for
articles and authors.
It also covers a wide area of journals in many subject
Multi-Disciplinary Non-Medical Literature
areas.
Social Sciences Citation Index & Humanities Citation Index
CINAHL coverage
Medical Literature
CINAHL
( Cummulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature )
Covers Nursing and Allied
Health journals.
There is a large focus on
“patient care issues”
Medline
CINAHL
You will notice that some of the
coverage is over the Medline area.
CINAHL does index many of the
same journals as Medline, thus
there may be overlapping results.
Multi-Disciplinary Non-Medical Literature – Education,
Psychology, Social Sciences, Pure Sciences, Business,
Humanities, etc.
Databases
If you have more
questions about
these
or
any of the other
databases please
contact an
HPD Librarian
(954) 262-3106
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