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Search Databases for Articles

Databases are used to locate journal articles, book chapters, newspaper articles etc.  The OHSU Library may not own or have access to everything found in a database. 

When searching in a database, to determine what journals or books OHSU owns, please use the "Find it at OHSU library" button.

 Find it at OHSU Library

Or check the library catalog

Use Interlibrary Loan to obtain items not owned by the OHSU library.

Looking for a specific article?

If you are looking for a specific article, you can use one of the citation finders within one of the OHSU bibliographic databases.

Citation finders are useful tools that allow you to locate individual journal articles based upon the information contained within its citation.  These tools let you search for one or more of the following basic bibliographic elements to find a specific article:

  • Author name
  • Title words
  • Journal name
  • Year or Date of publication
  • Volume, Issue, or Page #
Note that not all journals are covered by these citation finders.

Alternately, searching under the Journal tab from the OHSU Library main page will identify whether or not the OHSU Library owns a particular journal and will provide a link, if the journal is available electronically. This search does not locate individual articles within a given journal, but once you've accessed the journal electronically, you can navigate to the year, volume, issue and page number of the article you are seeking.

Looking for articles on a specific topic?

If you are looking for articles on a specific topic, go to the library's databases by subject page and to find an appropriate database for your subject. If you need help deciding which databases would be most useful to your query, please contact a reference librarian at 503-494-3462, e-mail or Ask a Librarian.

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Library Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Fourth Floor of the Library is open 24/7. Access after the library closes requires an OHSU ID badge.

The Learning Resource Center at the CLSB is available for OHSU students, faculty and staff with ID and is open 24/7 and is located on the 5th floor of the South Building.

Report a technical problem

For more information, visit the OHSU Library online.


The library offers a variety of classes, including classes on searching databases such as CINAHL, Ovid, and PubMed, finding evidence-based medicine, effectively using Google, and more. 

To access the various tutorials for the databases the library provides, please check the tutorials page.

You can also explore the "help" links for each database to get information on database-specific features.