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Research Tips for Nursing

Related: General Research Tips, Construct Your Search

Nursing assignments usually require that sources are

1. Where to find articles

  • Databases with medical journals
  • If full-text isn't available in a database use the Find it at CGCC button to find a full-text version in another database or request it from another library.

2. Find articles by nurses

  • CINAHL's search options include checkboxes to find articles written by nurses. On the Advanced Search screen, look under Limit your results.
  • Sometimes the only way to tell if an article is written by a nurse is to open the article and see if it lists the author's credentials.

3. Find items published in the last 5 years

  • Catalogs and research databases have options that allow you to specify a date range for your search.

4. Approved nursing journals

  • Look at the source of the article (the name of the journal) and check to see if it's on the approved list.
  • Not on the approved list? Print out the article and ask your instructor for permission to use the article.

5. Construct Your Search