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Search Tips


Search tips for Nursing


The main database for nursing is CINAHL. Medline covers much of the same information but from a different perspective-the physician’s perspective. Begin at the Library home page-click on find articles by subject, then click on nursing. Pro Quest Nursing is also a good choice for nursing and may be limited to full-text and peer reviewed.

You may search by words anywhere (a keyword approach) title, author, subject. The nursing database has a thesaurus that will lead you to the correct medical term (if a medical term exists for your keyword.) I suggest that you use keyword-at least at first-and choose the focus option. The search option may yield an overwhelming response. Note-data is a good keyword for an empirical article (the word empirical never appears in an empirical article!!!)

After using keywords, you may find a subject heading that is useful for your search. These subject headings are in the blue print under the citations for the articles and you can click on them to bring up those citations.

The citations in the database that discuss books can link directly to the catalog using find a copy. If you wish to order the book via interlibrary loan, you may do it while searching. (this feature may not be available from older articles).

Limits are available-language, publication type (book, journal article, book review, etc.), publication year. The default settings for these databases load recent articles first.

Please note-the database does cover publications in languages other than English, so proceed carefully. Using the limit function, you can select English as the language that you wish to use.

There is FULL TEXT MATERIAL in this database. There are LINKS from this database to the text (use find a copy) and you may look in the catalog for subscription information (do we get the journal?) and use our own copy.

Please be aware that ILL (interlibrary loan) involves a delivery process. Books and articles take 3-5 days at least.

Academic Search Complete is a good choice for nursing-especially a nursing topic that in somewhat interdisciplinary. You may limit this data base to peer reviewed only.







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