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CVTD430: Capstone I: Finding Articles

This course guide has been created in support of the written case study assignment for CVTD430: Senior Capstone I.

Finding Articles

Sonography journals and other relevant medical journals are indexed in several databases. The following table shows the differences between journal coverage in PubMed and Scopus. Note: The table doesn't include all sonography journals -- just a few to illustrate the difference.  In the examples that are listed below, you will see the differences between PubMed and Scopus. After you graduate, you will still be able to access PubMed since it is a free database. Scopus is a subscription database, so you would not have access to this.

Journal Title PubMed Scopus
Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 2002 - present 1967-1973, from 1975 - present
Journal of Vascular Surgery 1984 - present 1984 - present
Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Not indexed 1985 - present
Journal for Vascular Ultrasound  Not indexed 2005 - 2015, from 2017 - present
Sonography (published by Wiley; started in 2014;  Australasian Sonographers Association) Not indexed 2014 - present


Bryan Fusion

For this assignment, I recommend using PubMed and/or Scopus to find articles. Both of these databases have additional features that make it more efficient to find articles. 

Search Tips

  1. Types of Sources: No less than five references are to be used. FIVE of these references MUST be from peer-reviewed sources, such as, peer-reviewed textbooks and journal articles as well.  Make sure the information was published within the past 5 years. 
  2. Make a list of keywords related to your topic. Are there broader or narrower terms?
  3. Create a search strategy using the Boolean operators, AND; OR.
    For example, (venous thrombosis OR DVT OR deep vein thrombosis) AND (pathology OR pathogenesis)  When you are searching in PubMed, make sure to put synonyms for the SAME concept in parentheses, and capitalize the Boolean operators, AND, OR.

  4.  Remember to use the appropriate limits (e.g. peer-reviewed, date range, English language, study type, etc.) in the databases. The limits may be somewhat different, depending on what database(s) you search.

PubMed & CINAHL Complete