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Nursing: 1st Semester

eReference Sources, Nursing Education, Mental Health, Nursing Theory

Things to know

  • Getting help, this guide, webpage and Databases
  • COVID-19 and science and publishing
  • Barriers.
  • Articles -- looking closely
  • 3 basic variables for searching: words, databases, links/other
  • 1 -- CINAHL and PubMed -- a slow look
  • 2 -- Keywords and phrases, broader/narrower/related, Subject headings and MeSH
    • Chop up your concepts. PICO
    • Boolean: AND, OR, NOT, quotation marks, parentheses, asterisks
    • synonyms, narrower, broader, related, (not related at all)
    • relevance, title/abstract/keywords
    • MeSH and CINAHL subject headings
  • 3 -- Follow citations.  Use Google Scholar to find full text and look at "cited by"
  • Getting full text -- still a 2-step process
  • Managing what you find, APA style
  • Quick look at PsycINFO?
  • APPsearch (CINAHL + MEDLINE + PsycINFO + Web of Science + the kitchen sink)
  • Books and ebooks?

2020 topics


"end of life," "right to die"

"access to care"

"entry to practice"

"substance abuse," opioid

"health disparities"


"cultural competence"

emerging global health concerns

Links related to today's class


Basic Terminology

peer-reviewed = refereed = (almost) = scholarly = academic


research article

systematic review, primary research

subject headings, CINAHL headings, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)

How to not find an article

Suppose there is a good article for your topic.  How would you miss it?

1.  Wrong terminology.  You search on "compliance," but recent researchers use "adherence."

2.  Wrong database (catalog, search engine, journal).  This one is not in CINAHL.

3.  None of the articles that you do find cite it or are cited by it, or you fail to see this if they have done so.

4.  You only looked at the first pages of results.  It's on the 3rd page.

Contact -- John Wiswell

John Wiswell  
Health Sciences Librarian       
Levine Hall 542F & Belk Library 225  (828)262-7853
Available for students, faculty, and staff.