Feel free to contact the librarians with any questions! We can help with things like:
Email us: email@example.com
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
To conduct a comprehensive search in a database, you should use the terms recognized by the database. These include subject headings (which standardize all the possible terms for a topic) and keywords (rather than complete sentences.) Find the keywords in your research question, then combine them with AND, OR, and NOT.
Use AND to join multiple concepts in your search. Use OR to combine similar terms for the same concept. Use NOT to exclude a concept, but we do not usually recommend using NOT.
(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:
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.
TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.
During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian.
Click on the Ask a Question tab on the right side of a library web page. It will bring you either to live chat, or to a place where you can leave a message.
830-372-8100 (main desk)
Library directory (list of individual library staff and faculty)
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.