Help & How-To

Searching Databases

Click the links for helpful hints on searching in specific databases:

Science Direct

EBSCO Alt HealthWatch


Google Scholar


At Birthingway we use a modified American Medical Association (AMA) citation style. See our Citations page for helpful hints, visit the library for assistance, or visit one of these guides:

AMA Citation Style guide from George Washington University’s Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.

Quick AMA style guide from James Madison University.

Research Tips

A thoughtful search strategy can save time in the future. Make a list of keywords that have to do with your subject. Be sure to think about other ways to phrase your topic. The specific words you search for matter. If you’re not seeing enough results, or not seeing the right results, you might have better luck searching for related words.

Cornell University’s Library has a useful guide to The Seven Steps of Research.

In Information Literacy we use the CRAAP Test to evaluate information based on Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Learn more about the CRAAP Test.

Writing Help

The Writing Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has resources on many writing topics. The following are especially useful for Birthingway assignments.