Answered By: Reference Librarian
Last Updated: 2014.Aug.14     Views: 59

First get an overview of the issues by using a subject encyclopedia, such as those available in Gale Virtual Reference Library.  Go to the library homepage.  Click on Databases A-Z in the left column.  The link to Gale Virtual Reference Library is the second one in the list. 

Enter gout in the search box at the top of the Gale page.  Several relevant articles are linked.  Check the references at the end of the article to find books and articles that we may have available.  For books, search for the title of the reference in the Library Catalog.  For the articles referenced, search for the title of the journal in the journal list.
This is a little complicated, so if you have questions, let us know. 

You can find more articles by clicking on the A-Z list, then E, then EBSCOHost--All EBSCO Databases. In the resulting list, leave Academic Search Complete selected.  Scroll down and also select Health Source--Consumer Edition.  You might also want to try AltHealthWatch for the alternative medical perspective. 

Enter Gout in the first search box and change Select a Field to SU Search Terms (to search gout as a subject).  Over 1000 articles come up.  If the full text is not there, click Check Availability to see if we have the full text in another database or in print. 

If you want an article and can't figure out if we have it or not, send us the citation, and we'll check it.  If it is not available, you can click ILLiad to request it from another library, but with so many articles, you probably won't have to do that.  You can also limit your search by adding treatment or causes or history in the second search box.  You can also limit by clicking Magazines or News under Source Types in the left column.  This will eliminate the medical type journals.  You can search only newspapers by going to Proquest Newstand under P in the Databases List A-Z. 

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