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Nursing: Research Databases

Searching the Literature of Nursing

-You will generally be expected to find and use scholarly sources
-Scholarly articles, also called academic journal articles, are a primary part of the professional literature of the nursing discipline
-Scholarly articles are rarely found on the open web
-You will be expected to use the WVWC library to find appropriate resources for your work
Selecting Appropriate Library Resources
-know what type of information you need for your research - are you looking for background information on a topic, in-depth scholarly articles, evidence-based studies, statistics?
-familiarize yourself with library's database resources and the types of information they each contain
Developing Search Term Vocabulary
-consider your key words or concepts and write them down
-create a synonym chart to help identify other search terminology that may yield different results
Health Synonym/Topic Relationship Chart
Original Term Synonym #1 Synonym #2
high blood pressure hypertension atherosclerosis
chest pain angina coronary artery disease
exercise physical activity fitness

Keyword and Phrase Search Techniques

-use "AND" to connect search terms and make your search more narrow (e.g. - high blood pressure AND physical activity)

-use "OR" to broaden search results for terms that are synonyms of each other (e.g. - high blood pressure OR hypertension AND physical activity)

-use "NOT" to exclude particular search terms from the results (e.g. - high blood pressure NOT sleep apnea)

-by placing a search term in quotation marks, you direct the database to do a phrase search rather than a keyword search. The database will search for the exact phrase in the exact order you specify (e.g. - "coronary artery disease" vs. coronary AND artery AND disease)

-a wildcard is a symbol that stands in for any letter of the alphabet. The particular wildcard symbol will vary from database to database (check the Help page for more information), but common symbols include *, #, ?, and $. (e.g. - wom#n would find women and woman)

-a truncation symbol is a type of wildcard that will search any number of letters. The most common truncation symbol is a *, but may vary from database to database (e.g. - psych* would find psychology, psychiatry, psychosis, psychological, etc.)

Scholarly Literature

Evidence-Based Practice Research

Other Research Tools

Background and Reference Sources

Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library
59 College Ave.
Buckhannon, WV 26201