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Nursing program: Research skills: Finding Articles

Provides starting points for research in TCC's Nursing Program

Article databases

Suggested Databases

The vast majority of free scholarly, peer-reviewed articles are in journals that TCC stores online. The easiest way to identify articles on your topic and retrieve the full text is to use the Library's databases.

For nursing topics, we recommend the following databases:

Database tutorials

Database Tutorials

The following video tutorials will show you how to search some of the databases listed above:

Search terms & search tips

Search Terms & Search Tips

  • Consider using nurs* in one of your search boxes. Nurs* gives the search engine directions to find every word beginning with those four letters: nurse, nurses, nurse's, nurses', nursing
  • To force the search engine to look for two or more words in a particular order and with no other words in between, use the phrase search. Place the phrase in quotation marks: "diabetic foot"  "culturally competent nursing"
  • If you are unsure of the form of a word (or the spelling!) use an asterisk as a wild card. For example: diabet* will return results containing diabetes, diabetic, diabetics 
  • Use the "Boolean operator" AND to make sure that the search engine searches for all of your words or phrases. AND directs the search engine to provide results that contain the items on both sides of the operator, for example, intubation AND emergency
  • Use the "Boolean operator" OR to look for synonymous terms. For example, if I am wondering whether there is an organization centered around caring for obese patients, I might search Google like this: "bariatric nursing" AND (association OR organization OR society).  This means I'll take any results that include the phrase bariatric nursing and any one of the other three terms.

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