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Emergency Medical Services: Finding Articles & Databases

Article searching tips

Select one of the databases to the right to find articles. 

  • Use "AND" to refine your search and narrow the number of results. 
  • To search a phrase, enclose the term in quotation marks. Example: advanced "life support"
  • To find all possible word endings add *. Example: emergency medic* finds Emergency medicine, emergency medical
  • Too many results? Search the terms in the subject field, rather than all search fields.

InterLibrary Loan Service

Did you find an article source you would like to use for your research, but it is not available full-text in one of the Library’s research databases or in our print journal collection?

You may request the article be sent to you via our InterLibrary Loan Service.

How to submit a request:

1. Check to make sure the article is not available at NSCC. Search the journal article title to see if it is available in print or electronically at the NSCC Libraries. 

2. If the journal is not available at the NSCC Libraries, fill out the InterLibrary Loan Article Request form.


I can't seem to open the article on my computer. What's wrong?

Databases vary in the amount of information they provide. Some will contain full articles (known as full text), and others may only contain citations of articles.

It is possible that the NSCC Library may have online access to the article in a different database than the one you are using.

Search the Library's Journal Locator to see if you can locate the article in another database. IMPORTANT *Search by the TITLE of the journal or magazine, not by the title of the article.*


I am getting a cookies error message, what does that mean?

If you receive a Cookies Error Message when using the Library's research databases, you need to enable your browser to Accept All Cookies. 

Try a Google search on "enabling cookies" and "your browser name" for instructions.


Should I use scholarly or popular sources?

Journals and magazines are important sources for up-to-date information. With database access to large and diverse periodical collections, it is often difficult to distinguish between the various levels of scholarship found in the collections.

There are five main categories for periodical literature:

1. Scholarly

2. Trade/Professional

3. Substantive News/General Interest

4. Popular

5. Sensational

The first three are appropriate for academic research.

The document below, adapted from Cornell University Library, describes in detail the attributes for each category.

Emergency Medical Services Databases

Search thousands of journals, magazines and newspapers for articles on your topic at one time using subject databases.

Each database indexes different sources so try multiple databases when conducting your research.

  • Enter in keywords related to your topic.
  • Click on the title of the article to view the full text.
  • Features include emailing, creating a folder to save and store articles, autociting.


Looking for articles, especially scholarly articles? Try searching the e-resources below for your topic. No single resource will have all the articles on your topic so be sure to try more than one.

  • CINAHL Complete    
    The first database you should consult for EMS articles.
  • PubMed 
  • Follow this link to search the PubMed database from the National Library of Medicine. Filters on the right of the results screen allow you to limit to articles available, either online or in print, and by other criteria.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
  • An excellent database to use for nursing and allied health science articles. Many general medical journals can be found full-text in this database
  • Health Reference Center Academic
  •  Covers topics such as nursing, nutrition, family health, and alternative medicine. Great source for consumer information for the general public
  • All EBSCO Health  
  • A good place to look if you're not sure where to start. Search all of EBSCO's health databases at one time.