PILOTS: A database that’s not about flying

If PILOTS isn’t about flying…what exactly is the purpose of this database?


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Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress: PILOTS.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and produced by the National Center for PTSD, the PILOTS database seeks to index worldwide information pertaining to traumatic stress and traumatic events (not limited just to veterans).

As explained on their website, PILOTS”attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations.”

Once you select ‘PILOTS’ from our library’s ‘Databases’ list, you will be taken to an intermediary screen.  You just need to follow the link labeled ‘Search the PILOTS database’ to proceed to the search interface:


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Once connected, you will notice a familiar search screen thanks to our friends at ProQuest. As with our other ProQuest databases, you will be able to connect to an ‘advanced search’ page and take advantage of some handy tools such as the ‘thesaurus’. (Need a refresher on how to use a database thesaurus?  Jump on over to our post about that!)

You can even search for articles which use particular tests and measures by using their ‘Look Up Tests and Measures’ function on the advanced search page:


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Why use this database?

Well, anyone interested in research related to ‘traumatic stress’ will find the database useful for obvious reasons.  Beyond that, using a database specific to your subject of interest will alleviate you from having to think of search terms related to that subject. Hence, instead of using a broader search tool and needing to input several terms to return results about traumatic stress in general, you can jump straight to this database and just enter terms related to your narrower topic.

Just another tool to have at the ready when you need it!

Happy Searching!

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