Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2019     Views: 67

To research nursing topics, go to our A-Z databases guide, linked below. In the future, you can find it on our library homepage, in the Get Started section by clicking on the Search databases link with the magnifying glass icon.

Once you are in the guide, select the Nursing page at the top. In the center, you will see a list of databases that have articles on Nursing topics.

I tried some test searches in  CINAHL, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, ProQuest Research Library: Health & Medicine and Heath Research Academic.

When you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your last name and 7-digit COM ID number, as only College of the Mainland students can access our databases.

I used the following search phrase in all the databases: safety AND critical care . The 'AND' tells the database to find articles that mention both topics.

CINAHL and Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition are both EBSCO databases, so the search techniques are essentially the same. Enter your search phrase and hit Enter. From the result list, use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.

First, check the box next to Full Text. You can also adjust the publication date by sliding the bar under the date range, so you have articles within the past five years. To narrow further, click the Subject: Major Heading option in CINAHL and Subject in Nursing/Academic Edition. You will see a short list of subjects. Click the blue Show More link to see all the possible subjects. They will appear in a dialog box. Check off all the relevant subjects, then hit the yellow Update button.

In ProQuest, enter your search phrase, then check the Full Text box under the search bar. Then hit Enter to run the search. At that point, you will use the limiters on the left to narrow for publication date (move the scroll bar under the date graph), Subject (click to expand short list and click the More Options link), and any others you want, such as Language.

Use a slightly different technique in Health Reference Center. First, when you click the database link in the Nursing page, you will go to a page with a list of all the Gale databases. Click Health Reference Center link again. 

Once in the database, change the Basic Search option which is the default in the search bar by clicking on the arrow to access the drop down menu of options. Choose Subject search.

Enter critical care. You can use that exact phrase, or take one of their auto suggestions. Your limiters will be on the right of your result list. Check the box next to Full Text. Once the results refresh, use the Search Within Results option above the Full Text limiter. Type the word safety and rerun the search.

If you need more articles, you can also start over by the Health Reference Center link at the top of the page (to the left of the search bar) to go to the home page and run another subject search with the phrase intensive care nursing. At that point, select Full Text and search for the word Safety from within the results again.

I'm also including links to How To guides for the databases. They provide search tips, instructions on tools such as saving or emailing articles and on obtaining and correcting citations. The guide for CINAHL can also be used for Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, as they are both EBSCO databases.

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