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Dental Assisting: Articles

What can I get from an article?

  • The results of original research conducted by experts in the field 
  • This information is written for experts or practitioners - some of the information will be too in-depth for your needs as a student. Check the introduction and discussion sections specifically for broader information and best practices that may be useful to you.

Health databases

The best way to find health research is to search in databases. Databases allow you to search many academic journals at once to find relevant articles. These are some top databases for your area:

Can't find what you need? Here is the full list of health databases.


Try using words from your assignment topic first (e.g."gum disease").

If you're having trouble finding articles and books that match your topic, try using a more specific technical term (e.g. gingivitis) or adding words to describe what aspect you need (e.g. gingivitis AND treatment, gingivitis AND prevention).

To focus your search further, consider adding a specific patient type to your search (e.g. gingivitis AND prevention AND children).

Phrase searching

If you do a search like this in one of the Library's databases (i.e. not with Google)...

Search for milk teeth

Figure 1

... you'll get results on dairy products as well as deciduous (milk) teeth.

Instead, use quotations to specify that you want to search for those words as a phrase, rather than as separate words.

Search for "milk teeth"

Figure 2

Search strings

Rather than doing separate searches using each of your keywords, you can search for similar keywords by using Boolean operators (and, or, not).

For example, you can search for milk teeth, baby teeth, and deciduous teeth all at the same time by using quotations and 'or'

search for "milk teeth" OR "baby teeth" OR "deciduous teeth"

Figure 3

This ensures that results with any of these keywords will be retrieved.

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