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I am having problems locating academic journals on tissue donation. Do you know anywhere I could look for these?

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2012  |  9 Views

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Sure.  The sources you’ll use depend on what your focus is.  Are you interested in social issues surrounding tissue donation?  Or medical issues?


For social issues, including the how or why of people donating or not donating, I’d try databases like SocIndex, ProQuest Social Sciences, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, or JSTOR.  All our social science databases appear on this libguide.


For general information, use a search like this:

(organ* OR tissue*) AND donat*


The asterisk finds variants of words, like donation, donate, and donated.  If you’ve got the option, limit to ‘scholarly’ or ‘peer-reviewed’ articles (this sample search, from SocIndex, uses those limits, so you’re just seeing academic articles).


This sample search returns a few hundred articles.  If you don’t like the articles you see, try changing the keywords or running the same search in one of the other listed databases.


If you’re interested in the medical side of things, try databases like MedLine, Health and Medicine, or Journals@OVID.  All our medical databases are listed on this libguide.


The same sort of search will give you general information:

(organ* OR tissue*) AND donat*


Again, I’ve restricted to scholarly articles (this sample search is in MedLine, but will work in the others listed above, as well).


But you can get more relevant articles by adding words for whatever topic you have in mind.  Interested in children’s tissue and organ transplants?  Add AND (pediatr* OR child*) to your search.  More interested in the process of transplantation?  Try swapping AND donat* with AND transplant*.


Let me know if I can be of any assistance in your search.




Matt Dilworth

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