Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 31

You did not specify what type of sources you want on this. I'm assuming you mean anti-embolism stockings? I did not find anything online or in databases about open or closed tools, so you may want to look for an alternate term or phrase for that part of the question.

For articles on this, go to our A-Z Databases libguide linked below and select the Nursing tab. Once there you will see a list of linked databases. When off campus, you will have to log in with your last name and 7-digit COM ID.

CINAHL has articles on this topic. Use the term Compression Garments AND thrombosis. The database uses the 1st phrase instead to refer to anti-embolism stockings. Using the capitalized AND tells the database that you want articles that discuss both of the terms you mention.

Once you run your search, use the limiters on the left to narrow your results. First, check the box next to Linked Full Text. Then, adjust the publication date by using the slide bar. Usually for nursing topics, the articles shouldn't be more than 5 years old. 

Next, click the Subject: Major Heading option. You will get a short list of subjects with a blue Show More link under them. Click that link to get a dialog box with all the subjects available. Check off the relevant subjects, including any search terms/phrases you used. Click the Update button when finished.

Health Reference Center Academic is another good source. Use the term Compression Stockings. In this database, the limiters are on the right. Check for Full Text, select Custom Date Range under the Date heading to enter the publication dates you want (2010-2015, probably). You can also select Subject and any of the other limiters that work for you.

ProQuest is a good source as well. Also use Compression Stocking as  your search phrase in this database. Check the Full Text box under the search bar, then run your search. Use the limiters on the left for the date range, Subject, and any other relevant limiter. Click the heading (such as Subject) to expand, then the More Options link under the short list that appears. You will get a dialog box with subjects, similar to the one in CINAHL. Check the relevant subjects. The other headers work in a similar manner.

I'm also linking to libguides that provide instructions on using the databases mentioned, including search tips and how to use database tools for citation, saving, printing, etc.

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