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Nursing: Searching Tips

Search Overview: Get More or Focus


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Main Steps in Searching

- Database selection depends on your research question - nursing, medicine, psychology, sociology and/or education fields.  Some topics are best in OneSearch or Combined Databases; others with the expertise of discipline-specific databases.

- Find more search terms from the titles and subject headings of good articles.

- Use review articles to get an overview, help in choosing your research topic, and the articles in its reference list.

- Keep a research log; examples below.

- If you need to be more thorough, from several key articles on your topic, look at their reference list, search for other articles by the key authors, and look at articles that have cited them (many of these are linked in Google Scholar).

Links for Full Text

  • vendors such as Gale,
  • the Full Text Finder software (everything we have access to),
  • Oscar Express - InterLibrary Loan from other libraries.

How to Chose Two Databases to Search


Truncation: hospital* retrieves
        hospitalized, hospitalization, hospital-associated, etc.

Synonyms (from titles, subject headings, and abstracts) to find more articles:
         hospital* or “acute care” or inpatient

If too many irrelevant articles, turn Off the option to search Full Text of articles.


   Select the Title Field to improve relevance:


Use 'Cited By' to find Newer Articles

Google Scholar

Plusses, Minuses, Off-Campus Settings

+ Good way to find academic synonyms.

+ Great way to find newer articles that cite a relevant one.

+ Good for relationship between two concepts.

= Some free full text via federal research archives and preprints.

-  May not have been published in peer–reviewed journals.

- Can’t limit by discipline.

Off-Campus Settings - to link to Edgewood's full text articles, RefWorks. 

+ Can export citations into RefWorks.  From Settings: