Databases are digital collections of published information. Rush subscribes to well over 200 databases, allowing access to literally millions of items. You can find journal articles, medical images, maps, clinical trials and much more.
Think of a database as an address book, or a card catalog if you've ever used one of those. Databases contain citations, which is information that allows you to locate an item (usually author, title, journal, date, etc.). Just as the old card catalogs didn't have the actual item you wanted, the databases (usually) don't provide a direct link to your article. There are several ways to access these articles, however, and we will go over them on the "Get Access" page of this guide.
Databases must often be searched individually. Our library webpage features a few of these in the Quick Links area, including:
Don't forget the smaller, more targeted databases, and don't be afraid to play around! Try a few databases, and see which ones you like best!
It’s highly recommended that you use a citation manager (RefWorks is the one recommended by Rush). It provides a place to keep your articles, lets you organize them into folders, share with classmates, and creates a bibliography and in-text citations as well. The Library provides free access to RefWorks. For assistance using RefWorks:
As you use the databases you will develop your own favorite search strategies. Here are a few to get you started.