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Search tools and hints for conducting nursing research at Florida Atlantic university

Search tools and hints for conducting nursing research at Florida Atlantic university

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  • 1. Information Resources for Nurses
    Pamela Alderman, MLIS
    Treasure Coast Campus
    FAU Libraries
  • 2. Session Goals
    Nursing students will be able to…
    …locate books and articles on the FAU Library’s web page
    … formulate a Search Strategy to find articles on a research topic
    … identify the parts of a scholarly, peer-reviewed article.
    … utilize the CINAHL database to find articles related to his or her chosen topic.
    … use the Nurse as Scholar LibGuide as a research tool
  • 3. Session Activities
    Viewing examples of scholarly publications.
    Searching the Library’s Catalog for books.
    Using SearchWiSE to search across the FAU Libraries’catalog, databases, and other library materials.
    Demonstration of CINAHL database.
  • 4. “Your Throat Protection against irritation against cough.”
    “Quickly and conveniently, that healthy, handsome vacation look can be yours!”
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. Professional Nursing Publications
    Journal of
    Juvenile Nursing
    Fewer photos and color; Graphics are usually numbers or charts.
    More words, longer articles.
    Focus on research or topic within profession.
    The author and his/her credentials are usually identified.
    In this issue:
    Flu shots and children: A study. By H. Carly, Ph.D, RN
    Caregiver education in juvenile diabetes. By L. Lopez, MPH
    Results of nutrition counseling on weight control for obese children. By A. LaFleur, Ph.D, RN and K. Bailey, MSN
    Accidents and children. By L. Shane, Ph.D, RN
    Nursing Journal
    Jan-Mar. 2009
    Volume 29, Issue 1
    Editorial Board:
    M. Casey, Ph.D. MSN
    L. Eggerly, Ph.D., BSN
    K. Fuzzy, MPH, RN
    A. Lena, Ph.D., RN
    M. Padron, Ph.D., BSN
    J. Rosario-Betts, Ph.D, RN
    Published by Buckley Press
  • 7. What is ‘Peer Review’?
    Also known as:
    When a journal is
    peer-reviewed, research articles undergo a peer-review process.
    Peer review
    isthe academic
    “Gold Standard”.
  • 8. A Journal Article
    Sudore, R.L, (2006). Limited literacy in older people and disparities in health and healthcare access. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 54(5): 770-776.
  • 9. Content in a Research Journal Article
    Author, credentials, and affiliation
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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?
  • 12. References: also known as ‘Works Cited’ or ‘Bibliography’. List of articles, reports, or other publications that were referred to in the paper.
    American Psychological Association (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Using CINAHL – From Off Campus
    The FAU Libraries pays for
    access to its databases.
    They are not available to
    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)
  • 15. Go to the FAU Libraries homepage (
    If searching from off-campus, select “Off Campus Connect (EZproxy)”.
  • 16. 3. Enter your 14-digit Owl Card number, and then your verification (birth month & day)
  • 17. 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: “…”
    If this doesn’t work for your browser, please CLICK HERE NOW!
  • 18. Using CINAHL
    Go to the FAU Libraries homepage (
    Select the link “Indexes/Databases”
  • 19. 3. Select the letter “C” in the A-Z list.
  • 20. 4. Scroll down the next page until you see a link to “CINAHL”, then select that link.
  • 21. 5. This will take you to CINAHL’s search page.
  • 22. Enter Search Terms
    Use LIMITERS as needed
  • 23. The index (available in a drop-down menu) allows searching by title of an article (TI), its author (AU), and subject heading.
  • 24. CINAHL Headings: a standard vocabulary of nursing concepts. Most articles are assigned one or more.
  • 25. Use these to find articles with a specific focus on a topic.
    Headings for
  • 26. Interpreting your search results
  • 27. 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.
  • 28. Links – Full Text
    (Whole Article)
    Find it FAU
  • 29. An additional window will open.
    ‘Full Text’ indicates where the full article can be found. Select one to get to the article.
    If full text is not available, search the Library Catalog for a print/paper version.
  • 30. Interlibrary Loan
  • 31. Evaluating Information Sources
    Purpose / 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?
  • 32. 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.
    SearchWiSE searches across multiple sources.
    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 relevance.
  • 33. Need Assistance on the Treasure Coast Campus?
  • 34. Need Assistance in Boca?
    • FAU Libraries: Reference/ Information Desks
    • 35. Email:
    • 36. Ask a Librarian (Chat/E-mail/Text Reference Service):
    • 37. Phone: (561) 297-3785
    • 38. Research Consultation:
    Kristy Padron, MLIS
    Phone: (561) 297-3772
    FAU Libraries