Spring is in the Air! Evidence-Based Practice and Literary Searches

The sun is out, the snow is melting, and spring is in the air!

My inbox has been bursting at the seams while I finish off my course work for the term and now that we’ve reached the end, I can finally take some time to share some of the goodies!

One of my classmates in the TR research course that I just finished asked a great question recently: Where do we find literature once we’ve graduated and no longer have access to the plethora of databases being a university student grants us access too? While I have started a list on the blog here, I thought that it might be a great time to update it too.

  • Searching the Web versus searching Databases: A Comparison.
  • List of academic databases and search engines by Wikipedia – This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.
  • Top 21 Free Databases
  • List of 101 Free Databases
  • Mobile Apps for Searching the Scientific Literature
  • Google Scholar – Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
  • RT Wise Owls is a free database and information resource center developed by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of Recreational Therapy practice.
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) – DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which comes from sponsors and 60% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.
  • JURN – Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses.
  • EBSCO Free Databases – EBSCO provides free research databases covering a variety of subjects for students, researchers and librarians.
  • Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
  • Alberta Health Services Knowledge Resource Service – To support evidence-informed decision making and quality patient care, KRS connects Alberta Health Services staff and healthcare providers with evidence resources and support in using them effectively.
  • Open Library
  • Internet Archive
  • Rural Dementia Action Research – Improving the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas. This incredible team at the University of Saskatchewan are facing the challenge to improve the delivery of rural dementia care across the continuum: from early detection and diagnosis to end-of-life care.
  • The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a specialist state-wide program that is administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. They conduct clinically applied psychosocial research and provide training and supervision for various psychological interventions. They also offer a clinical service for adults suffering from anxiety, mood, and eating disorders.
  • Your Public Library
  • TALOnline – TAL Online is a provincial wide discovery service which allows users to discover and request physical library items from libraries across Alberta. TAL Online connects remotely to library catalogues across Alberta and displays search results for users looking to request items not available at their home library.
  • Your Nearest Post Secondary Institution – Feel free to walk in and use their resources! You may not be able to check out media or use their online databases, however, depending on the size of the library, you may find what you need on the shelves.

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