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Surgical Technology

Identifying Research Journals and Peer Review

If you are asked to find Evidence Based articles, your instructor wants you to review research studies to find supportive evidence of best practices.

When determining whether to use a information from a specific journal, find out whether the journal publishes research articles, and what areas they primarily publish in.

See if the journal undergoes a peer-review evaluation of the articles submitted to them before they are accepted for publication. Learn about Peer Review in 3 Minutes from the NCSU Libraries.

In Ebsco databases, click on the journal title in the Source field for a description of the journal, major subjects covered, and to find out if the journal is peer-reviewed.

CINAHL and MESH Headings - Medical Subject Headings

Search using CINAHL Headings, a structured list of descriptors that reflect the medical discipline. CINAHL headings help you identify the preferred health professions terminology to use in the database. All articles in the CINAHL database are coded using these subject headings.

The PubMed database uses MESH Subject Headings.

Using CINAHL to Find a Current Peer Reviewed Research Article

In Advanced Search, click on "Show More" in the Refine Results options to see an extensive list of limiters. Enter Published Date year ranges, select English Language, Peer Reviewed and Research Article.