A Review of Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source
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Tamara M. Nelson, MLIS, EdS
Reference & Instructional Services Librarian
Rowland Medical Library
University of Mississippi Medical Center


Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source is a comprehensive and authoritative resource designed to cover all aspects of the field of dentistry. Available on the EBSCOhost platform, it provides access to more than 250 full-text journals, indexing and abstracts for more than 300 titles, and searchable cited references for nearly 125 journals. Books, monographs, magazines, and trade periodicals are also included. Updated weekly, Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source contains many full-text sources that are not available in other EBSCO databases.

Subjects include:

  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Dental anesthesiology
  • Dental public health
  • Endodontics
  • Forensic odontology
  • General dentistry
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source is a complete resource that supports evidence-based dentistry practice and research. It falls under the EBSCO Health division, which is led by a board of clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and librarians.


As an EBSCO product, Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source uses the familiar search features of the EBSCOhost platform and is integrated into an institution’s current EBSCO subscription. This gives users the ability to search not only Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, but other EBSCO databases as well in a single search. Easy access tabs across the top of the platform enable users to search for specific publications, view subject headings and images, and to citation match.

The search features of EBSCOhost include customizable basic and advanced searching that supports Boolean logic, natural language, subject indexing, and journal searching. Links to full-text records and the ability to limit by publication type and date are other notable features. EBSCOhost also gives users the ability to print, email, and download multiple articles and create an account to save searches.

Business Model

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source is most suitable for health science libraries that support a dentistry program. Interested institutions may visit the website at: https://health.ebsco.com/products/dentistry-oral-sciences-source for more information about pricing and to request a free trial.

EBSCO also licenses a Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source Alumni Edition for individuals interested in continuing to use the product after completing their studies. Information about pricing and a free trial request is available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/dentistry-oral-sciences-source-alumni-edition.


As liaison for the School of Dentistry at UMMC, I made the decision to license Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source after reviewing it for this newsletter. The content is roughly 56 percent unique, adding considerably to Rowland Medical Library’s resources for dentistry.

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source is a dynamic product that is unique to the field of dentistry. This is a comprehensive tool powered by EBSCO, and users are guaranteed an effective and resourceful research experience.


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