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FYS Alternative Medicines? Healing Cultures and the Modern World: Start Here

This seminar examines healing cultures from different regions of the world through the perspective of multiple disciplines.

Alternative Medicines?

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Selected Books from the Smith Library Center

Interdisciplinary Searching

Because these are topics that cross multiple disciplines or explore problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives, I have listed databases in the medical sciences, social sciences, feminist studies and more.  Though academic journal articles covering these issues can be found in resources from virtually all subject areas,  the databases (general and specialized) below are some of the best places to start for your topic(s), beginning with WorldCat@SU.

How to...

 WorldCat@SU is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by title in the online catalog yields over many titles on alternative medicine.  If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get it! and we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

 A few examples of select subject headings relevant to this class are below. Each is a live link directly into the online catalog. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.

Many of the subject headings listed below may also work in the  listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.

Use WorldCat@SU 

The quickest way to find the article is to type the full title in the single search box on the library homepage.  WorldCat@SU will search multiple databases at the same time, presenting you with the article title.  Example:  “I Don't Know the Words He Uses”: Therapeutic Communication among Q'eqchi Maya Healers and Their Patients."  or The Kallawaya healers of the Andes.

Find Specific Journal title The Find the Journal by Title TAB allows you to search for full-text journals, as well as browse for titles by disciplines.  Type the title of the journal in the search box, then look down the results page until you locate the correct title.  For example, Animal Cognition.  Now you will  see links to databases which contain full-text articles. Example: Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
Search database to find the full-text article Once you have located an article via searching a library database, check to see if there is a link to a PDF full-text or HTML page with full-text.  You can also check the WorldCat@SU to see if the journal is available in print.  If the article in not online AND the journal is not available in print, then use GET IT!

Use GET IT! 


If articles is not available at Smith Library Center, you have another option to getting it.  Use GET IT, our interlibrary loan service.  You will need to set up an account the first time you use it and log in thereafter.
General Multidisciplinary Medical Anthropology Anthropology/Sociology Health/Global Health Religion Hispanic Studies Feminist Studies

Academic Search Complete

Credo Reference


University of Chicago Journals

Films on Demand

Academic Search Complete

Medline Database  via EBSCO 

MEDLINE via PubMed


Consumer Health Complete


Academic Search Complete

SocioIndex with Full Text


EthnicNews Watch

eBook (digital books) collection

HRAF (Human Relations Area File) World Cultures

Academic Search Complete

Alt  (Alternative) Health Watch

Consumer Health Complete

GaleOnefile: Health & Medicine

Academic Search Complete

Religion and Philosophy Collection




 Hapi Index

Fuente Academic Premier



Academic Search Complete


Women's Studies International


Another way to find articles is to use a database  You are able to draw on many field of study to investigate this topic.

WorldCat@SU only finds a fraction of the articles available through our databases. Databases allow you to search specifically for articles. Not only do databases find more articles, they provide more precise search tools than WorldCat, yielding better results.

  • Academic Search Complete is a collection of thousands of credible, scholarly full-text journals covering nearly all academic areas of study, including peer-reviewed journals. One hundred of the journals go back to 1975 or earlier.  A great place to start your research.  Tip #1: View an article's full record to read the abstract, or summary, and quickly decide if it is useful for your research.  Tip #2: Use the subject links from the full record to find additional articles.
  • Alt Health Watch.  Complementary and alternative medicine information for the consumer-health researcher.
  • Credo Reference offers online reference content library database that contains full-text dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books that can be searched using keywords.  Use this database to find definitions, overview articles on a topic
  • EthnicNewsWatch.  Articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press in America; full text and searchable in English and Spanish.
  • Films on Demand. Streaming library video service with immediate access to over 6000 streaming videos from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, NBC News, ABC News, PBS, BBC, Meridian, and others.
  • Fuente Academic Premier provides full text of more than 650 scholarly publications from 18 countries covering many areas of academic study. Content is provided in Spanish from respected publishers worldwide.
  • GenderWatch. This is a database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. 
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI).  Search for journal article citations about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanics/Latinos in the US.
  • Human Relations Area File (HRAF) World Cultures.  While we do not subscribe to the database, we are able to access portions of it.  Here I provide a link to the various cultures around the world, followed by cultural profile and description of the selected country.
  • JSTOR.  JSTOR is a multidisciplinary archive collection of credible academic/scholarly journals and books in the social sciences, humanities and sciences.
  • MEDLINE via Ebsco.  Citations to journals on medicine, nursing, dentistry and veterinary medicine.  PUBMED is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of  Medicine.
  • Natural and Alternative Treatments.  Complementary and alternative medicine information for the consumer-health researcher.
  • Prisma Database with Hapi Index. Provides 165 full-text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. Articles are in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and examine all aspects of Hispanic Studies.
  • PsycINFO is a comprehensive international database of psychology literature. It contains relevant materials from related disciplines including education, medicine, social sciences, communication, and organizational behavior.
  • SocioINDEX with full text covers sociological research areas such as gender studies, political sociology, social psychology,  socio-cultural sociology, anthropology, etc.

Note:  Always review the references cited by the authors in the footnotes, endnotes, or a bibliography to locate related research on your topic.


Here are a few sites related to your FYS topic for you to explore.   Tip:  The ending of the URL address may help you identify the sponsor.  I have selected  commercial sites (.com)some non-profit organizations (.org), and some government departments/agencies (.gov).



Research isn't complete until you correctly cite all your sources. Provide a complete citation to credit the authors / creators of sources you used, and to let your paper's reader locate and verify these sources. Professor Hernández Berrones requires you to use Turabian style for this course. 

Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian formatting and style. For the most complete information, use the Manual, available in the Research Commons and on Reserve.