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Health Literacy: Finding Scholarly Articles Using Databases

When to Use Databases

Databases contain online versions of newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and book chapters. Since you access databases online, many people think they are websites. They are NOT websites.You must login to gain access to databases because they are proprietary resources leased for use. Some of the databases listed below on the left side under IRSC Students & Staff are available to students and staff remotely (anywhere with Internet access) by logging in with a student ID and PIN. The databases from the Florida Electron Library listed on the right side of the screen below are available to any Florida resident. You may need to input your county library card number to gain access the first time you visit the website.  

When searching databases, you can be more specific with your keywords for a more precise list of results. You can search within the title, abstract, or full text of the item. The hardest part of searching databases is knowing which one to choose. The IRSC list of databases offers brief information about each resource. You can also search for databases by subject to help you more easily select appropriate databases. 

IRSC Students & Staff

Database Login for Students

Your Borrower ID is your student ID (PID for employees)

Your PIN is your 4-digit birth date (MMDD)

Student Database Login (Student ID is used as Borrower ID, PIN is MMDD of birthday)




Health Databases

Try these online databases to find health related peer-reviewed articles about your topic. Remember to choose FULL TEXT. Click the Health and Medicine subject to display the databases listed below.

Community Members

Florida Electronic Library