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Health Communication: Article Databases

This guide will help you learn more about the sub-field of communication called health communication.

Health Communication Databases

Boolean Logic

Boolean Logic allows you to combine keywords to make a search more precise. The three terms are: AND, OR, NOT.

AND - Narrows a search

Example: medial collateral ligament AND therapy: Retrieves articles with both medial collateral ligament and therapy.

OR - Expands a search

Example: medial collateral ligament OR mcl: Retrieves articles with just medial collateral ligament, just mcl, and articles with both medial collateral ligament and mcl.

NOT - Removes a term from a search

Example: medial collateral ligament NOT mcl: Retrieves articles with medial collateral ligament, but remove all articles with any mention of mcl. Use NOT sparingly because you often lose many useful articles.

Some Useful Journals

Health communication is a very new field, starting in the mid-1970s. There aren't too many journals that address issues in health communication specially. However, Auraria has access to a few helpful journals. It's a good idea to browse through these journals to get a feeling for recent research being done in this discipline.