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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound): Journal Articles

 Article Lookup


Journal locator

To check if the BCIT library has the journal where the full text of an article is, follow the steps below:

1. In the search box below, enter the title of the journal the article is published in (not the article title). Click search. screen shot of the date range of a journal available at BCIT


2. If BCIT has the journal, check the date range (make sure it matches the year your article was published in) and click on the appropriate link.

3. Once you are in the journal, locate a search box (it's different for every journal), copy & paste the title of the article. Click search.screen shot of the search box within a journal title to locate the article you want

 4. If the full-text of the article is not available in a BCIT database use thebutton (it appears in the result list of your search, next to the citation/abstract), or request for interlibrary loan.


Databases can be discipline specific (such as MEDLINE), or multidisciplinary (such as Academic Search Complete). Many contain full text material, some only the reference and abstract.

  • Use the databases listed on this page to begin your search for peer reviewed / scholarly articles.
  • These resources allow you to search multiple journals at once for articles on your topic.
  • Need help using the databases? Watch the training videos below or ask a librarian.
  • If the full-text of the article is not available in the database. Use thebutton, next to the citation/abstract, to locate it.
  • Most databases provide a limiter/filter option for peer-reviewed articles. If not sure - Ask a librarian.

Please Note: Resist the temptation to limit your initial search to full text only, unless you absolutely need the article immediately. You may miss citations for appropriate articles not found in that database but could be found through one of our other databases.

Find more databases by browsing the database list by subject. Health Sciences databases.

Start your research with these recommended databases:

Other recommended databases:

Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. Connect Google Scholar and the BCIT Library to access research articles licensed by the Library .

Don't skip or pay for articles - check the Library first!

If you have a Google account, go ahead and sign in. This way, you will always have your Library Link connected even when you are searching off campus.  

Setting it up the Library Links:   

  1. Click the 'hamburger' in the top left.
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Choose Library Links in the left hand menu. 
  4. Type 'BCIT' in the search box.
  5. Select the checkboxes.
  6. Click the Save button.

Google Scholar Search         

Be aware that:

  • Results vary in quality
  • Cannot search/sort by discipline
  • Few options to limit or narrow search results
  • Searching is imprecise when compared with discipline-specific databases.

Advanced Google Searching tips

DMS Practice Guidelines provide practitioners with peer-reviewed information regarding important elements of procedures. 

Guidelines are examples of the community standard of care. Guidelines are often published in specialty journals and most are also made available for free on society Web sites.

"We define open access journals as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. ..... we support the rights of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory.     

Quality Control: The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included."   from DOAJ - Definitions

"That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers." (The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature)

They are official documents not published commercially, i.e. not found in journals. In fact, clinical practice guidelines are a type of grey literature.  They may include, but are not limited to the following types of materials:

  • government reports and documents
  • reports (pre-prints, preliminary progress and advanced reports, technical reports, statistical reports, memoranda, state-of-the art reports, market research reports, etc.)
  • theses, conference proceedings
  • technical specifications and standards
  • non-commercial translations
  • bibliographies
  • technical and commercial documentation


Database training videos


**Remember, if you are looking for articles on a particular topic, it's easiest to cross-search many journals using the library's databases (listed on this page).  

If you specifically want to find journals relevant to Sonography, this is the tab for you!

Journals contain collections of articles and are generally published on a regular basis (e.g. issues are released monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly etc.). They can be found via Library databases.

Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication. They:

  • provide highly focused information
  • can be the source for the latest material on a topic
  • can sometimes be one of the few (or only) sources of scholarly information on a topic

There are different types of of journals. Not all journals are suitable for your assignments.

Types of journal articles

BCIT Library. Scholarly vs Popular journals


Original research

Original research is a primary resource. These articles often include an introduction, methods, results and discussion sections.

Review articles

Review articles are secondary resources. They provide a comprehensive summary of research on a certain topic and often have an extensive list of references.

Not peer-reviewed


In a scholarly publication, the editorial summarises the contributions in the publication, providing a balance between opinion and synthesis.

Book reviews

Book reviews are written by scholars and provide a summary of a newly published book.

A publication in which all articles go through a peer-review process performed by subject experts before being published. You find peer reviewed articles by searching different databases. You can find a selection of databases in this guide.

P.S. When searching for peer reviewed journals from a database, select the "peer reviewed" or "peer reviewed & academic" limiters in the database you are using to ensure that only journals that have a peer reviewed policy for at least one kind of article are returned.

What is the peer-review process more exactly? Watch the video from North Carolina State University to get a clear understanding:

"Scholarly" sources are

  • authored by academics (majority have advanced degrees) for a target audience that is mainly professional or academic researchers,
  • in-depth analysis typically focusing on one discipline or academic field, with the intent to report on or support research needs as well as advance one's knowledge on a topic or theory,
  • published by a recognized professional society/association or an academic press with academic goals and missions.

Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed or refereed by external reviewers.

Interesting articles

STOP If you are asked to log in, create an account, or purchase an article. It means we do not have a subscription for the journal title you are seeking. However, you can always request an interlibrary loan for the article, which can often be emailed directly to you within 48 hours.