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NURS 40872: Intro to Nursing Research: Search Tips

This guide includes many resources for the introduction to nursing research course including how to find books and journal articles, tutorials on how to search databases, and information on citing your sources using APA style.

Searching Databases Basic Tutorial

EbscoHost Search Tutorials

Advanced Search Tip- Try a Cited Reference Search

Basic Search Steps

Use the same steps in searching any research database:

1. Define your topic: often this is not obvious. You want to think through what your area of interest is and then what the specific aspect you need. The goal is to develop a topical statement, such as research on the use of pet therapy with dementia patients.

2. Choose your database. Either pick one from the pages of this guide or head to the page and click on the "databases" link under the search box on the home page.

3. Based on your topical statement, choose your search terms. Sometimes one concept may have different terms that apply.

4. Search on each concept separately and then combine using the appropriate logical operator (AND, OR)

5. Apply any needed limits (research article, last 5 years, age, etc.).

6. Review and mark useful results.

7. Output the references:  email, download, export to RefWorks.

Using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Video credit goes to: Lexy Spry & Emily Wixson, Chemistry Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008.