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Open Alcohol Studies Resources: Find Articles

Popular Databases

Below are two of the most commonly used medical databases, including articles related to alcohol and substance abuse. 

MedlinePus  - provides information from the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, as well as coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science.  Covers 1950 - present.

PubMed  - database covering biomedical and life sciences literature with citations, indexing and abstracts and links to some full-text journal articles of participating publishers.  Covers 1950's - present.

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

New to PubMed?  Try Simple Subject Searches or  Search for a Journal for quick demonstrations of how to use the PubMed database to find journal articles. For a list of more tutorials for using PubMed tutorials - Quick Tours

Specialized Databases

Below are a list of specialized databases focusing on alcohol and substance abuse research.

Search Term Development

Use the following chart to conceptualize your research question and develop your search strategies.

Articles on Special Topics

The CAS Library Finding Aids and Bibliographies  contain articles on particular topics in alcohol studies. Results of searches in the Alcohol Studies Library, these lists serve as a starting point for further research. The documents are currently available in pdf format or shared in RefWorks for Rutgers users (RefShare).

Popular vs. Scholarly Sources

For help determining which resources are scholarly, check out Rutgers University Libraries' helpful guide Popular Literature vs. Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Literature: What's the Difference? and the interactive tutorial What Makes a Journal Scholarly?


Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches scholarly literature and includes peer-reviewed papers, dissertations, book citations, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from a variety of content providers. Sources of material include academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and open access publishers. Some content is available in full text.

Need Help?

CAS Librarians are happy to help with research questions in person, by phone, email or appointment.  On evenings or weekends, you can also contact the Rutgers Reference desk for assistance.  See the below links for more information.