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NURS 344, Nursing Research: Welcome

Welcome

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 akoford@tlu.edu and Sally Carroll-Ricks scarroll@tlu.edu

Nursing pages on the library website

Search Tips

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

Handouts

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*)

AND 

(drug* OR medicat* OR pill*)

AND

(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 Instruments

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.

Outreach & Information Literacy Librarian

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Amelia Koford
Contact:
Library Office 115
830-372-8138
Website

Technical Systems / E-Resources Librarian

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Sally Carroll Ricks
Contact:
830-372-8103

Office 110
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Ask a Librarian

Reference desk

TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.

Chat or Text

Ask a Question: The system will prompt you to send a text or an email, or a live chat if a librarian is available. 

Visit

During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian. 

Email

librarian@tlu.edu

Call

830-372-8100

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--Interlibrary Loan--

Need an item that our library doesn't own? No worries, you can email the title, author and date of what you need to ill@tlu.edu 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.