Cancer Nursing - Searching CINAHL August 2013


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Literature searching in CINAHL for Masters of Cancer/Palliative Care Nursing students at La Trobe University

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Cancer Nursing - Searching CINAHL August 2013

  1. 1. Foundations for Specialty Practice Searching the Literature CINAHL Sharon Karasmanis Faculty Librarian, Health Sciences
  2. 2. Tools for searching the scholarly literature • A database is a specialised research tool that identify useful journal articles • There are a range of nursing/medical databases: – CINAHL, Embase, Medline, Cochrane Library, Clinical Evidence, Proquest Health, Informit Health, PsycInfo and more .. – Access from Databases tab on Library home page:
  3. 3. Types of databases • Citation databases include the citation, subject headings, abstract - sometimes they link to full text e.g. Medline and CINAHL • Full Text databases include the citation, abstract and in most cases the full text of an article e.g. Proquest Nursing and Allied Health • Pre-appraised evidence databases: – Clinical Evidence summarise the current state of knowledge and uncertainty about the prevention and treatment of clinical conditions, based on thorough searches and appraisal of the literature – The Cochrane Library is a multi-database resource which varies in output e.g. the Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews contains complete systematic reviews
  4. 4. CINAHL Search Screen
  5. 5. Searching in CINAHL • You can search by keyword (broader), subject term (more precise) or both
  6. 6. Search by keyword example • Breast cancer • Results 24,003!
  7. 7. Search by subject term example • Breast cancer with box ticked
  8. 8. List of suggested subject terms • Breast cancer Use Breast neoplasms
  9. 9. Scope Note • Important to check the Scope Note • For example palliative care:
  10. 10. Select Breast Neoplasms • Then scroll down and check Used for in blue column • Don’t tick individual subheadings • Used For is at the end of the blue column
  11. 11. Search the database • On the right hand side of the screen, click on Search Database • Results = 33113!
  12. 12. Combine subject term and keyword search
  13. 13. Add another concept by subject term and keyword • Palliative care
  14. 14. Lets combine the two concepts
  15. 15. Limit your results • On the left hand screen, there is option to Refine your results. Show More provides additional limits such as age groups
  16. 16. Show more …
  17. 17. Results display
  18. 18. Full citation record
  19. 19. Useful tools • On the right hand of the full record screen there is a list of tools:
  20. 20. Save Search History • Access search history from the folder • Rerun the search at any time
  21. 21. Search results – finding the full text! • Select the Full Text Finder to link you to the article • If not available, search the journal title from Journals tab on the Library home page • If the journal is not held, request the article from Document Delivery: – access via Quicklinks on the Library home page
  22. 22. Help! • Nursing and Midwifery guide • • Postgraduate Cancer Nursing Guide • • Live chat available from the Library home page • Faculty librarians:
  23. 23. Homework! • Check the subject terms for the following: – Read the Scope note; check Used for; click on the term to see narrower terms (Explode); do a search using each of these examples and try combining the results using And with another concept e.g. Cancer fatigue AND Self Care (as a subject term) • Cancer fatigue • Cancer pain • Oncologic care • Cancer patients • Oncologic nursing
  24. 24. Homework continued .. • Look for terms relating to your work or your assignments: – Can you find a subject term? – Try combining a subject term search with a keyword search using OR e.g. Breast neoplasms OR breast cancer – Practise refining your results by date, peer reviewed, language. – Practise finding the full text • 1. click on Full Text Finder, if not found • 2. search the journal title under Journals • 3. still not found? Order from Document Delivery Services
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