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Discussion Response – Research Databases for Articles and Journals

Discussion Response – Research Databases for Articles and Journals

Response to post 1


Thank you for your post. It is interesting to know that millions of people use the EBSCO HOST database to access journals and articles. Indeed, EBSCO HOST is a convenient database for many. However, as you mentioned, certain publications must first be purchased before being directly accessed, which is a challenge most people face. Fortunately, if you have the DOI link for the journal or the title, you may use a database like Sci-Hub to view the articles for free. The database provides access to millions of journals and articles in order to overcome the barrier to article access in scientific domains (Ajanai, Tella & Okere, 2023). Nonetheless, there are still discussions regarding the legality of Sci-Hub data, and therefore caution should be taken.

Consistently, I must also agree with you that Google Scholar is also a very good database for searching articles and journals. The database is easy to use and provides articles and journals that are up to date. Google Scholar allows users to sort the articles in terms of the year published. Another advantage of Google Scholar is that most articles are accessible, and those with restricted access to the database provide an abstract that may provide information regarding the search topic.

In addition, I would recommend that when searching for articles like the peer-reviewed journal you searched in either of the above databases, one must be very specific to get a relevant article or journal for the search topic. Secondly, when given several articles related to your topic, one shouldn’t limit themselves to just one article, as it may be inaccessible; instead, one should check through the other articles provided.


Ajani, Y. A., Tella, A., & Okere, S. (2023). Access to full-text documents in libraries via Sci-Hub: a blessing in disguise to library users. Library Hi Tech News.

Response 2


This is a great post. Indeed, EBSCO Discovery is a recommendable database for searching articles and journals. The database has indices comprising a variety of data access including textbooks, blogs, videos, reports, journals, and articles from various publishers worldwide. The database has been linked to several library holdings to enable ease of accessing the materials. Depending on the library you are using, you can access several academic materials from different fields. For health-related fields such as nursing, a biomedical index must be available in the library.

I must agree that using the database is easy, and all one must do is search for the topic of interest from the relevant index. For instance, while searching for your topic, you ought to have selected the biomedical index as it is the only index for medicine and health-related materials. The database may indeed provide many articles or journals upon searching for a topic. However, putting specifics such as the year the article was published and specifically selecting the peer-reviewed option would get you to your article of interest.

Essentially, once signed up for EBSCO Delivery services, it is recommended that users add custom links to their profiles for linkage with the publisher’s platform. Once you can link up with the publisher, you will be able to fully access the articles which have restricted access. According to EBSCO connect, n.d., even though all users of EBSCO Delivery services can search for articles, only the subscribers can be granted full access to the text of preference. Therefore, it is recommended that you add custom links to your profile and then subscribe to the publisher’s platforms to gain full access to the articles.


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Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts by offering suggestions/strategies for working with this database based on your own experience or ideas for using alternative resources.

Discussion Response - Research Databases for Articles and Journals

Discussion Response – Research Databases for Articles and Journals

Post 1

For this assignment, I first signed into the Walden University Library. On the library page, there is an area where you can search for different databases for articles by letter. There is also an area to filter what articles you need, such as peer-reviewed articles. After marking these filters, I used EBSCO HOST, a research platform I also utilized in college for my BSN. The EBSCO HOST (2021) platform suggests that millions of users from all around the world use the platform. Before I looked for an article, I first wanted to make sure I understood what a peer-reviewed article meant. According to Angelo State University (2023), peer-reviewed articles are reviewed by other experts in the field of writing before the article is published in a journal.

The article I came across pertains to pediatric psychiatry, as this is the specific area of work I am interested in. The article is from a peer-reviewed journal that compares how pediatric psychiatric patients should be treated like pediatric oncology patients, but they are not. The article elaborates on the topic, explaining that pediatric oncologic disorders are largely recognized and empathized with, especially by the public, while psychiatric patients are not. Furthermore, the article explains how oncology has been widely studied, and how psychiatry has so much more information to be studied (Stringaris et al., 2018). I really enjoyed this article, because it showed a very valid perspective on how our mental health system must do better, with improvements and recognition, especially for our pediatric population.

While searching for this article, I had difficulties finding full text that I did not have to purchase. Only some articles contain full PDF files that can be opened and read. I have always liked EBSCO Host, though, because it is simple to navigate, and I believe it is user-friendly, so I would recommend this database to my classmates and colleagues. Colleagues would be able to utilize this database and filter which years of articles they need, to find current articles. I would recommend using it, but I still believe I would favour Google Scholar, as it provides full articles for no cost.

 Post 2

I worked in a Med Spa as an aesthetic nurse for ten years, and my goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specializing in aesthetics and injections. My chosen article from the peer-reviewed journal that corresponds to my field of work is Puri, N. (2014). Is Beauty Skin Deep – an Approach to a Beautiful Face. This article focuses on nonsurgical cosmetic procedures as people increasingly seek treatments like Botox injections, dermal fillers, and laser treatments to enhance their looks.

My search for this paper was conducted via Walden Library’s database, which led me to EBSCO Discovery. The only difficulty I encountered while searching for an article was narrowing it down to a specific article in my practice area. However, when I used sophisticated search tools to change publication dates, language, and area and filter for peer-reviewed papers, it led to my article of interest (Westerlund, 2020). This database would benefit my colleagues because of its citation tool, which will simplify the citation process for academic writing. Full-text articles are also one of the advantages of utilizing Walden Library through EBSCO Discovery. Full access without paying would be beneficial and save us money because purchasing a full-text peer-reviewed article on every assignment and discussion would be too expensive. I recommend using EBSCO Discovery because it is a one-stop shop for academic material. It includes metadata from more than 20,000 providers and tens of thousands of book publishers. It also generates a unique index for every user, consisting of locally extracted content, base index content, and Ebsco-sourced databases (Vaughan, 2011).

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