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Our Find@ASU button in our article databases takes you to electronic full text, if we have it.
Still not getting full text? Many full text articles are available for free in some form. If you have a distinct article title or a DOI, try a quick search in Google Scholar (and Google). We also have ILLiad to get articles from other libraries. NEW -- Try Unpaywall.
I do not use these below often. I usually use PubMed instead of this version of Medline.
Education databases -- These two may be useful fot MSN students looking at education topics that are not directly related to the health sciences.
Choosing search words is a challenge for researchers. Sometimes, there is not a good fit between the possible words and the concepts. Other times, you just don't know what the best words are at first.
1. Keep it simple. Choose a word or short phrase (in quotation marks, if it helps) for each concept. Which words distinguish your concept? Many words you might use could show up in many articles on lots of topics. Don't bother with those, if you can avoid them.
2. Before you start, think. What words would researchers use? Think about narrower words, broader words, and words that are related. Consider jotting them down or making a document that you can copy and paste from.
3. Watch for alternative words as you go. Look at the subject headings.
4. As you go, think about adding more words to get fewer results that are more focused on your topic. Or try taking words out or substituting in words with broader meanings, in order to get more results. You can search on authors, methodologies, data sources, outcomes, or almost anything else of interest.
5. Consider searching in the CINAHL Headings and PubMed MeSH databases before you start really searching for articles.
6. You can ask for help also.
7. Above, I suggested using just one word or short phrase for each concept. If you have synonyms or related terms, you can search on them at the same time using OR.
examples: (teenagers OR adolescents OR youths)
("eating disorders" OR bulimia OR anorexia)
(carolina OR virginia OR appalach*)
You can also use the asterisk, to search for different variations of a word.
Example: theor* will find all these: theory, theories, theoretical
Helps with creating an answerable, useful question. Helps with choice of search words.
Problem or population -- soccer players
Intervention -- preventive training (or more specific type of preventive training)
Comparison treatment (or placebo) -- alternate type of preventive training? what's being used up to now.
Outcome -- count frequency and severity of injuries. Missed games or training.
Often, when you try to access full text articles, you get a blank screen. The blank screen almost always means that the full text is coming, although slowly. Click on the link in upper right to speed up loading. Please look at this video for an example.
Ovid journals -- We subscribe to a set of 136 Ovid journals. Almost all of them are Nursing journals.
The Ovid journals continue to be very slow, and some students have reported getting error pages. At times, you might want to open the Ovid journal interface, which seems to open smoothly. Then search for your article ("title in quotation marks") and you'll get the full text.
The EBSCO page you get when you neglect EBSCO for more than about 15 minutes.
There's no way to beat this page when you see it. You'll have to go back to one of the Library pages and start CINAHL (or APPsearch or other) all over again, and sometimes you have to clear your search history. You should not have to log into an EBSCO account. That will not help. (It can be helpful to backspace and look at the search terms you were using, if they were working.)
Take a look at these videos. They're all about 3 to 5 minutes long. Let me know if you have questions or problems. -- JohnW
Too few results
Break down your search into just a few concepts. Use only a few words or phrases. Think about what language the researchers would use and watch for alternatives. Leave out any extra non-specific words that will exclude useful results from your search.
Researchers might have used:
perioperative OR pre-operative OR post-operative OR surgical OR surgery OR "operating room"
Too many results
When you're finding many results, it's an opportunity to add more search words, and more specific words, to eliminate articles that are not quite on your topic. It's an opportunity to focus more on only the most recent articles. Even when I need primary articles, I am more likely to look first for recent review articles when I'm overwhelmed by lots of results.
Getting full text
We have lots of full text for most searches--not all. The Find@ASU button will usually give you electronic full text, but not always. Sometimes Find@ASU might take you to the journal but not the exact article. This becomes more obvious when you are finding few results. In these cases, use the journal site to find the article.
Need to talk about it?
Email me with questions or to set up a web conference. email@example.com
I'd like to hear about especially difficult searches and of course, broken links.
Having problems with accessing full text of articles?
Hey, I'm interested in examples when you cannot get full text that it appears we should have. My testing shows our linking is working pretty well, but it helps to get examples with details when things are not working. We also have a "Report a Problem" page that goes to my colleagues Allan and Andie. Thanks, JohnW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Does APPsearch include articles found in CINAHL and PubMed?
Use CINAHL and PubMed for most of your needs. I like APPsearch and Google Scholar too. But CINAHL is a Nursing-friendly world. And PubMed is what you will most easily have available throughout your career.
APPsearch does include CINAHL. A lot of the top results for the searches you do will be from CINAHL.