Searching for Nursing ConceptsHealth Sciences Library
DescriptionThis module introduces searching techniques to research Nursing Concepts using Library resourcesNote: this course has 23 slides and should take 10- 15 minutes to complete. Last Reviewed: 05/2009
ObjectivesUpon completion of this module, the participant will:1. Understand what steps are involved in researching a nursing concept.2. Understand how to search for nursing concepts in Cinahl.3. Understand how to search for nursing concepts in non-biomedical databases.
Steps in Researching Concepts To get a complete understanding of a Nursing ConceptSteps in researching Concepts you should: 1. Look up your concept in dictionaries, encyclopedias and other books 2. Search for nursing concept papers on your topic. 3. Search for other nursing articles on your topic. 3. Search for articles on your concept in other disciplines.
BooksTo get some basic definitions of your topic, try usingdictionaries, encyclopedias and other books first. These will Look up your concept in dictionaries & encyclopediasalso help in finding synonyms for your topic. Forexample, your topic may start as “determination” but throughyour research you may find that the term “motivation” is usedmore consistently.The next couple of slides will go over how to search your topic in printand electronic books.
BooksThe library’s online catalog will search through Loyola’s printand electronic book collection.Pegasus to the catalog from the Search To getlibrary’s website, click on the link in the upper right corner orthe link on the left side bar.If you need help searching for books through Pegasus, consult the tutorial athttp://library.luhs.org/hslibrary/resources_for/grad_nursing/findingbooks.htm
BooksIf you are a distance learner,Pegasus be more interested in Search you maysimply browsing the titles available electronically. To dothis, place your cursor over the E-resources tab and click onthe Books and Ebooks link.If you need help searching for books on this page, consult the tutorial athttp://library.luhs.org/hslibrary/resources_for/grad_nursing/findingbooks.htm
BooksThere are also an assortment of free encyclopedias online including:● Encyclopedia Britannica: www.britannica.com● Electric Library (a meta site that searches hundreds of encyclopediasat once): http://www.encyclopedia.com/● The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/
Published Concept PapersNext you’ll want to search for nursing concept papers on your topic, if anyhave been published. Cinahl,for Concepts in Cinahl Searching the nursing database allows you to searchspecifically for concept papers. To get to Cinahl place your cursor over theQuick Links tab and choose CINAHL.
Published Concept PapersIt is important to note that all articles in Cinahl are indexed and givensubject headings to signify their “aboutness.” Using these will strengthenyour search. Luckily, there are subject headings for concept papers aswell. They are: ● Concept Analysis ● Concept Formation ● Concept Mapping ● Conceptual FrameworkThe steps for finding concept papers about hope would go like this: Step 1: Search for papers about “hope” Step 2: Search for conceptual papers, using the subject headings above Step 3: Combine these results Step 4: Refine search
Published Concept PapersStep 1: Search for papers about hope.Type the topic into the search bar and click browse.
Published Concept PapersYou will be brought to a page with many different subject headings.Choose the one(s) that relates to your topic. If there are none relatingto your topic, you may have to go back and try a search with asynonym. If possible, explode your term to also search for morespecific and narrowly related terms. Leave the subheadings alone.Then click Search Database. Leave this alone to broaden your results
Published Concept PapersStep 2: Search for concept papersYou will need to select the following four subject headings used forindexing concept papers: ● Concept Analysis ● Concept Formation ● Concept Mapping ● Conceptual FrameworkFirst search for concept:
Published Concept PapersThree of the four concept subject headings will be listed.Choose these three and click Search Database. Note that these subject headings will be searched with OR. Leave this to broaden your results.
Published Concept PapersYou will have to do this process again with “conceptual” tofind the fourth subject heading used for published conceptpapers:
Published Concept PapersChoose Conceptual Framework from the list and click Search Database:
Published Concept PapersStep 3: Combine your resultsNote that simply ANDing all of your results at this point is a bad idea.This is because you want your results to include papers that have thehope concept and either one or more of the concept subject headings.If you simply combine all of your subject headings your results will onlyinclude papers that have all of the listed subject headings, which will beextremely limiting.So first combine your concept terms with OR:
Published Concept PapersThen combine these ORed concept subject headings with your topicsubject heading with AND, because we want results with both the topicand one or more of the concept terms as subject headings.
Published Concept PapersStep 4: Refine your results.Scroll down to see your list of results. There are a number of ways tolimit these. A couple helpful limits located on the left side of theresults include research articles and date published. For a complete listof possible result filters, click on the show more link.
Other Nursing ArticlesTo look for articles in Cinahl that are not concept papers, simplyexclude the four subject headings that refer to concept papers. OtherNursing databases to use include Nursing@Ovid and NursingReference Center.Refer to tutorials for further help on: Accessing Articles: Using Cinahl: Using Nursing@Ovid: Nursing Reference Center:
Non-Nursing ArticlesTo view a list of all of our databases at the Loyola HealthSciences Library, place your cursor over the E-Resourcestab, then Databases, and then click on View All Databases.
Non-Nursing Articles Here are a few popular databases:On the next screen, click on the link ‘Alphabetical list of ● Academic Search Premier: A little of everything.databases’ which leads to the following listing: ● AMED: Complementary medicine. ● Business Source Elite: Business. ● ERIC: Education. ● Medline: Medicine. ● PsycINFO: Psychiatry and psychology database.
Ask a Librarian!• If you need help finding information on your concept, contact a Research Services Librarian at (708) 216-9192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help you!• You can also ask the librarian to do a literature search for you here and be emailed back a list of citations.