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Nursing program: Research skills: Finding articles

Provides starting points for research in TCC's Nursing Program

Article 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.

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.

Need more resources?

If you find that you need additional resources, consider visiting the library at the UW Tacoma. Click on the links below to find services for visitors, hours, and nursing resources available to you on site at the UW Tacoma.

Introduction to searching CINAHL video tutorial

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