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Finding scholarly nursing articles


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How to search and limit to full-text, scholarly articles in Cinahl, Sage, ProQuest Nursing and other nursing databases.

How to search and limit to full-text, scholarly articles in Cinahl, Sage, ProQuest Nursing and other nursing databases.

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  • 2. How to focus your search Most databases have a way for you to limit your search so you only find articles of a certain type, such as Peer-Reviewed (also called Scholarly or Refereed) or Full-text (the complete article is available).  This presentation will show where to find and use these limits in various nursing and public databases.
  • 3. How to access the Nursing databases Go to the Scholarly Articles page of the FHSU Nursing Research Guide For a list of the best nursing databases: *TigerTracks login required to access all but PubMed Central & Google Scholar
  • 4. CINAHL (SIN-awl) Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature Cinahl offers more limiting options than most databases, which lets you perform a very precise search. To start with, however, Full- Text, Peer- Reviewed and perhaps Research Article are sufficient. If you select too many limits, you may not find anything. Limits your results to only those citations which have a link to the complete article Only articles that are reporting the results of a research experiment. Note: an article can be from a peer-reviewed journal but still not be a research article (could be an editorial, book review, etc.) Only articles which are from scholarly academic journals, and have been examined by experts in that field (peer-reviewers). These articles are of the highest quality and contain the most trustworthy information.
  • 5. Check the bibliography of relevant articles to find additional articles: Use the “cited references” link if one is available, or use the bibliography within the article.
  • 6. To find full-text using a citation from an article’s bibliography, search Primo for the article title in quotes If found, a link to the article will come up. Click “view It” then click the database link.
  • 7. Cochrane Library This database contains a wealth of evidence-based data on treatments, technologies, and more. The Systematic Reviews are meta-analyses of many studies of the same treatment, to reach a conclusion about its effectiveness as well as the quality of the research . Trials are individual studies and may or may not have a link to the full-text of the article. Use the quick search box, or click Advanced Search to combine terms or use MeSH headings (Medical Subject Headings--uniform terms for medical subjects) migraine
  • 8. Cochrane Library results list “Reviews” are completed and are full-text. “Protocols” are reviews which have just begun, so very little information is available.
  • 9. ProQuest Nursing This database contains articles from scholarly journals, trade publications & magazines as well as full-text Dissertations. If you want to view dissertations, do not limit to Scholarly Journals. Limit your search to Full-Text & Peer- Reviewed to find scholarly article citations which have a link to the complete article.
  • 10. Science Direct: Health & Life Sciences Collections First, select “Advanced Search” in the green toolbar at the top.
  • 11. Science Direct: Health & Life Sciences Collections Type in your search terms Select “Subscribed Publications” and “Open Access Articles” so you’ll get only full-text results. 4. Select your subject (optional) or just leave it at All Sciences. All articles in Science Direct are scholarly.
  • 12. Sage Premier Select Advanced Search Sage Premier database contains ONLY scholarly articles. It covers a wide range of disciplines, including Health Sciences. Select “Sage Journals Available to Me” to get full-text articles. or
  • 13. Health Source: Nursing & Academic Edition Health Source Nursing & Academic Edition is an Ebscohost database and can be searched along with other Ebscohost databases, like CINAHL, by clicking “Choose Databases” Check the boxes for Full-Text & Scholarly
  • 14. Health Source continued If you forget to limit your search on the first screen, you can use the limit options on the left side of the results screen.
  • 15. PubMed Central  PubMed Central is a subset of PubMed. All articles in PubMed Central are full-text, scholarly articles from the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.  Use the basic search, or click Advanced to combine terms
  • 16. Google Scholar Google Scholar searches “articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions”. Some have links to the complete article. To begin, just search as you would search Google.
  • 17. Advanced Search in Google Scholar Once you have a list of results, click the arrow next to My Citations to access Advanced Search, if needed.
  • 18. Search Tip: Articles that cited your article Looking for the articles that cited your article is a way of “researching forward”. For example, say you found an article you liked, but it was out of date. By “researching forward”, you can locate similar articles that are more recent. Also, the number of times an article is cited gives you an idea of how much impact it had.
  • 19. Links to Full-Text Some articles are freely available online. If a link doesn’t work, search for “the article title” in Primo:
  • 20. Other ways to obtain full-text articles: If you don’t find enough articles when limiting your search to full-text, remove that limit. Articles may be available in other databases, in print, or from another library (Interlibrary Loan) Click Find It at Forsyth to search other databases for the complete article. If found, a link to the article will be shown. If not found, you can request the article from another library (Interlibrary Loan).
  • 21. Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) If it is your first request, you’ll need to create an ILLiad account Then log in and request your items.
  • 22. Questions? Just ask! Forsyth Library Fort Hays State University 785-628-4434 Presentation created by MaryAlice Wade, Teaching & Research Librarian, Forsyth Library, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS 2014