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What information sources are available to Nursing students, and where can they be found? This presentation gives an overview of the basics of nursing information sources and how the FAU Libraries …

What information sources are available to Nursing students, and where can they be found? This presentation gives an overview of the basics of nursing information sources and how the FAU Libraries provides these to students.

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  • 1. Information Resources forNursesKristy Padron, MLISkpadron@fau.eduFAU Libraries
  • 2. Session GoalsNursing students will be able to……generalize the importance of lifelong learning and scholarship within in the health professions.…identify the parts of a scholarly, peer-reviewed article.…utilize CINAHL database to find articles related to his or her chosen topic.…list ways to evaluate an article.
  • 3. Session Activities• Discussion of the importance of scholarship and lifelong learning.• Viewing examples of scholarly publications.• Demonstration of CINAHL database.• Discussion of evaluating an article.
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  • 5. List a health topic where its knowledge has changedover the years.What was known (or believed) about the topic in thepast?What is currently known about it, and is there adifference between past knowledge?And if so, SO WHAT?
  • 6. Lifelong Learning & Scholarship• Health information is always changing.• New treatments or protocols replace what was standard care.• New or unfamiliar topics, populations, or areas of nursing are transmitted mainly by scholarly, professional publications.
  • 7. Professional Nursing Publications Journal of Juvenile Nursing • Fewer photos and In this issue: color; Graphics are Flu shots and children: A study. By H. Carly, Ph.D, RN usually numbers or American Caregiver education in juvenile charts. diabetes. By L. Lopez, MPHNursing Journal Results of nutrition counseling on weight control for obese children. • More words, longer Jan-Mar. 2009 Volume 29, Issue 1 By A. LaFleur, Ph.D, RN and K. Bailey, MSN articles. Editorial Board: Accidents and children. By L. Shane, Ph.D, RN • Focus on research orM. Casey, Ph.D. MSNL. Eggerly, Ph.D., BSN topic withinK. Fuzzy, MPH, RNA. Lena, Ph.D., RN profession.M. Padron, Ph.D., BSNJ. Rosario-Betts, Ph.D, RN • The author and his/herPublished by Buckley Press credentials are usually identified.
  • 8. Other Nursing Publications Nursing Handbook of A study of school- Management ER Nursing based health programs & Staffing for adolescents By A. Butzel, Ph.D, MSN & L. Zelanka, MD By K. Padron THESIS -- Nursing (MSN) Florida Atlantic University, 2008 By Paula Caruso, Ph.D, MSNTheses Handbooks BooksThere’s also reference (encyclopedias), newsletters, bulletins, and various publications of professional associations.
  • 9. What is ‘Peer Review’?• Also known as: Peer review – Scholarly is the academic – Refereed “Gold Standard”.• When a journal is peer-reviewed, research articles undergo a peer-review process.
  • 10. A JournalArticleSource:Sudore, R.L, et.al. (2006). Limited literacyin older people and disparities in healthand healthcare access. Journal of theAmerican Geriatrics Society, 54(5): 770-776.
  • 11. Content in a Research Journal Article• Title• Author, credentials, and affiliation• Abstract• Introduction• Method• Results• Discussion• References
  • 12. • Title: a brief statement of the paper’s topic, including how it may be researched.• Author: name, credentials, and affiliation.• Abstract: the main points of a paper, including summarizes of findings and discussion.• Introduction: presents the topic, its background, previous studies, and purpose of the paper.
  • 13. • Method: outlines how the study was conducted. Includes study design, participant recruitment, and data gathering procedures.• Results: the outcome of the research. The numbers, results, or effects.• Discussion: how can the research outcome be applied? Were these results anticipated? Were the results reliable?
  • 14. • References: also known as ‘Works Cited’ or ‘Bibliography’. List of articles, reports, or other publications that were referred to in the paper.Source:American Psychological Association (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • 15. CINAHL : Database of Nursing Articles• CINAHL has a major collection of publications in nursing.• Database: (in the library world) an online collection of publications.• Types of publications include: – Journal Articles – Reports – Newsletters – Dissertations
  • 16. Using CINAHL – From Off Campus• The FAU Libraries pays for access to its databases. They are not available to everyone.• FAU students will need to authenticate themselves to use databases from off campus.• Activate your Owl Card by visiting or contacting the FAU Libraries circulation desk (First Floor Library; Phone - (561) 297-6911)
  • 17. 1. Go to the FAU Libraries homepage (http://www.fau.edu/library)2. If searching from off-campus, select “Off Campus Connect (EZproxy)”.
  • 18. 3. Enter your 14-digit Owl Card number, and then your verification (birth month & day)
  • 19. 4. The next page will indicate successful log- in, and then will return you to the library home page. Congratulations! You have been successfully connected! You are now being redirected to the FAU Library Homepage to continue your search. While connected to EZproxy, most URLs will look like: “http...database_URLezproxy.fau.edu…” If this doesn’t work for your browser, please CLICK HERE NOW!
  • 20. Using CINAHL1. Go to the FAU Libraries homepage (http://www.fau.edu/library)2. Select the link “Indexes/Databases”
  • 21. 3. Select the letter “C” in the A-Z list.
  • 22. 4. Scroll down the next page until you see a link to “CINAHL”, then select that link.
  • 23. 5. This will take you to CINAHL’s search page.
  • 24. Begin SearchUseLIMITERS asneeded
  • 25. The index (available in a drop-down menu) allowssearching by title of an article (TI), its author(AU), and subject heading. Index
  • 26. CINAHL Headings: a standard vocabulary of nursing concepts. Most articles are assigned one or more.
  • 27. Use these to find articles with a specific focus on a topic. Headings for ‘Flu’
  • 28. Interpreting your search results
  • 29. Getting Articles• Use “Find it @ FAU” link to access full-text articles.• Select “PDF/Full-Text” link to see a full article.• Some articles are not available online but are in their paper/print format. Getting that article may require a trip to the FAU library!• Use Interlibrary Loan to receive an article that is not available through the FAU Libraries.
  • 30. Links – Full Text(Whole Article) Find it FAU
  • 31. An additionalwindow will open.‘Full Text’ indicateswhere the fullarticle can befound. Select oneto get to the article.If full text is notavailable, searchthe Library Catalogfor a print/paperversion.
  • 32. Evaluating Information SourcesPurpose / Audience: for who is it written? Why is the author writing this?Objectivity / Bias: does the source present different opinions? Is information presented as fact or opinion?Authority / Credibility: can the author be identified, and what are their qualifications?Currency / Timeliness: when was this information published? Is it current?Relevance: does this source have a little, a lot, or no information related to my topic?
  • 33. Key Points• Life-long learning is important in keeping current on nursing topics.• Scholarly articles are written by professionals and researchers to communicate their findings.• Many publications provide information on nursing, such as theses, dictionaries, handbooks, and bulletins.• Use CINAHL and its features to find nursing articles.• ‘Find it @ FAU’ can help you locate articles if they are not directly available in CINAHL. ‘Interlibrary Loan’ will assist in attaining articles not available at FAU.• Evaluate information sources for their purpose, objectivity, credibility, currency, and
  • 34. Need Assistance?• FAU Libraries: Reference/ Information Desks• Ask a Librarian (Chat/E-mail/Text Reference Service): http://www.askalibrarian.org/fau• Phone: (561) 297-3785• Nursing Tutorial: http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/ref/nursing.htm• Research Consultation: http://www.library.fau.edu/eforms/refcon.htm Kristy Padron, MLIS kpadron@fau.edu Phone: (561) 297-3772 FAU Libraries