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Feel free to contact the librarians with any questions! We can help with things like:
- Getting the full text of an article
- Brainstorming search terms and limiters
- Citations and bibliographies
- Finding questionnaires and instruments
- Finding books, ebooks, and reference sources
- Amelia Koford email@example.com and Sally Carroll-Ricks firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursing pages on the library website
1. More precise searches give you more precise results - Use the Advanced Search screen to combine two or three keywords
2. Explore the filters and limiters available
3. Subject headings are your friend - They standardize all possible terms for a topic
Worksheet - Searching CINAHL
You can work through these steps to familiarize yourself with searching CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature).
Includes sample searches for CINAHL, Ovid Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (Cochrane Library), Nursing QuickSearch, Ovid Journals: Full Text Only. Interlibrary Loan tips.
TLU Resources Relevant to Nursing Research
This handout shows a pyramid of four types of information resource: Summaries of the Evidence, Critically-Appraised Studies, Individual Research Studies, and Textbooks. It describes where to locate them through TLU.
Sample Boolean searches
(NICU OR "neonatal intensive care unit") AND feeding
("medication adherence" OR "patient compliance" OR adheren* OR non-adheren* OR nonadheren* OR non-complian* OR noncomplian*)
(drug* OR medicat* OR pill*)
(technology OR alarm OR device OR digital OR electronic OR monitor OR remind OR remote)
"End of life care" AND family AND decision
Prevention AND "pelvic pain" AND pregnancy
Finding research instruments like questionnaires, tests, and scales can be challenging. Many of them are proprietary and must be requested from publishers. Some cost money to use.
Here are some strategies for finding instruments:
- Instruments are sometimes reprinted in research articles. They are usually appended at the end of the article. As you research your topic, keep an eye out for articles that include instruments! If you find an article where the authors describe an instrument that you want to use, but the full instrument isn't reprinted in the article, you can email the authors to ask whether they would be willing to share it with you.
- In CINAHL, look at the Advanced Search screen. After you enter your search terms in the top box, scroll down to the Publication Type menu. Choose "Questionnaire/Scale" and run the search. This will find articles that used questionnaires and scales. Some of the articles will include the reprinted questinnaire/scale, and some won't. There is not a way to limit your search to only articles that contain copies of instruments.
- Some instruments are available for free on the Web. Here is another library's list of some places to find instruments: http://libguides.sjsu.edu/c.php?g=230361&p=1528370
Tools from Johns Hopkins Nursing Center for Evidence-Based Practice
These tools are part of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice (JHNEBP) model. Links to the tools are made available below for non-commercial use, with permission of Johns Hopkins, with the stipulation that the tools may not be altered nor the copyright notice on the bottom of each page removed.
The PET Management Guide walks you through the three steps of the EBP process: practice question, evidence, and translation.
The Question Development Tool is used to develop an answerable EBP question and to guide a team in the evidence search process.
The Stakeholder Analysis Tool is used to identify key stakeholders. Examples of key stakeholders are persons, groups, or departments in an organization with an interest in or concern about a project.
The Evidence Level and Quality Guide outlines three levels of evidence along with quality ratings and describes each in a rubric.
The Research Evidence Appraisal Tool helps you decide if the evidence is quantitative or qualitative, and how to use that evidence to support your topic.
For literature that is not primarily research, the Non-Research Evidence Appraisal Tool helps you to grade the quality of the evidence.
The Individual Evidence Summary Tool helps you document the results of evidence appraisal in preparation for evidence synthesis.
Through group discussion, team members share their perspectives and, using subjective and objective reasoning, critically think to reach a judgment based on consensus among the group.
The Action Planning Tool helps you create an action plan with specific steps to take for implementing change.
The Dissemination Tool helps you develop a plan for communicating your findings to others, for example, through conferences, publications, or social media.
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During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian.
Need an item that our library doesn't own? No worries, you can email the title, author and date of what you need to email@example.com or fill out a form. We can get most (but not all) articles within 2 days and many books within 4-8 days.
For more information, visit our interlibrary loan page.
--Using databases off-campus--
If you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your last name (Not your network username but last name only) and your 8-digit TLU number.