Here's how to avoid common pitfalls and sources of confusion when using databases and other online resources to help you find, evaluate and analyze information relating to your chosen topic or research question (more comprehensive guidance on conducting a health sciences literature review can be found in books like these):
WHY? Each database contains a particular selection of journals, and consequently it is necessary to search more than one database in order to get a comprehensive representation of the literature on your topic or research question. Database providers "ESBCO" and "ProQuest" each provide a selection of different databases that can be searched simultaneously (versus one-at-a-time), which can be an efficient way to discover useful content over a wider range of sources (other important databases, such as PubMed, ScienceDirect, & Web of Science, need to be searched individually).
WHICH DATABASES? Depending on your topic, several of the databases provided by the information providers "EBSCO" or "ProQuest" may provide useful materials. Those that are frequently useful for nursing and health-related topics include (but are not limited to):
HOW TO ACCESS? Open any one of the above EBSCO databases then click "Choose Databases":
HOW TO CHOOSE? Scope notes help identify databases most likely to provide useful information: