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Library Research Guides

Dental Hygiene

Provides resources, strategies, and information on conducting research in Dental Hygiene.

Introduction

What does it mean to search for scholarly literature? Isn't searching Google enough?  The answer is No.  In your research classes, you should use article  databases, such as PubMed, to search for scholarly, peer-reviewed literature. 

  • These databases contain millions of journal articles, most indexed with specific terms (such as MeSH, Emtree, or Subject), which help make your searches more focused. 
  • They contain primary & secondary literature: articles that describe experiments of various kinds (primary literature) or studies that look at a group of experiments to see if there is broad support for the results of individual studies (secondary literature).