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Title: Searching for Nursing Information in ProQuest: CINAHL Database with Full Text and ProQuest Nursing J

Searching for Nursing Information in ProQuest
CINAHL Database with Full Text and ProQuest
Nursing Journals
  • Developed by
  • Debra Shelton, MSN, RN
  • Fall 2003

  • At the end of this session, the NSU student will
    be able to
  • Search the CINAHL database
  • Use the thesaurus to locate a subject
  • Limit a search in the database
  • Locate an article on a specific concept

How do I develop a search strategy?
  • Prior to even logging on to the NSU Library web
    site you will need to sit down and plan out the
  • Following these steps will help you to simplify
    your question (When you complete these steps you
    will have a list of search terms to start with.
    Be willing to add and subtract from your list.)
  • What is your topic?
  • What are the key concepts in your question? List
  • Are there other ways in which you can express
    these key concepts?

How do I decide what to look for?
  • Here is an example of using the steps
  • What is your topic? Discuss the ethical issues
    relating to decision making in nursing practice
  • What are the key concepts in your question? List
    them. ethical issues, decision making, nursing

  • Are there other ways in which you can express
    these key concepts? ethics
  • decisions
  • These terms will form the basis of your search.
    In many databases you would have to link your
    terms together to find all the specific
  • Once you have searched with these terms you will
    need to review your results to see if your search
    can be improved.
  • Having devised a search strategy you are now
    ready to use it in a database

How do I access a database?
  • Go
  • Move your mouse to Library CLICK
  • To search for Books
  • Click on NSU Libraries Catalog
  • To search for Articles
  • Click on Databases

Off-Campus Access
What is a database?
  • An electronic database is an organized list of
    published information sources (usually journal
    articles), either giving directions (a citation)
    to where you can find the full information or
    containing the information itself (full-text
  • Each information source has an individual record.
    Each record is made up of fields. Each field
    contains a different piece of information about
    the source. The database searches for information
    contained in these fields.
  • Databases do not all function in the same way,
    but the same basic skills and knowledge will
    allow you to use most databases.

Which database to use?
  • Select the database
  • CINAHL ProQuest
  • Alternate databases are some have full-text
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts CSA
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Cochrane Library
  • Health Source Nursing / Academic Edition
  • LexisNexis Academic Universe
  • NetLibrary

CINAHL Database
  • The Cumulative Index to Nursing Allied Health
    Literature (CINAHL) database provides
    authoritative coverage of the literature related
    to nursing and allied health. Virtually all
    English-language publications are indexed along
    with the publications of the American Nurses
    Association and the National League for Nursing.
  • Primary journals are indexed from the following
    allied health fields Cardiopulmonary Technology,
    Physical Therapy, Emergency Service, Physician
    Assistant Health Education, Radiologic
    Technology, Medical/Laboratory, Technology
    Therapy, Medical Assistant, Social Service/Health
    Care, Medical Records, Surgical Technology, and
    Occupational Therapy

  • Authoritative coverage of nursing and allied
    health literature
  • More than 1200 journals indexed
  • Some full-text journal articles are available

  • ProQuest Company is a leading provider of
    value-added information and content to the
    library/education and automotive/power sports
    industries. ProQuest provides products and
    services to its customers through two business
    segments Information Learning and Business
  • ProQuests CINAHL Database with FullText links
    to all the full-text journals that appear in
    ProQuest Nursing Journals. Also links to 7000
    full text nursing dissertations.

How do I search in a database?
  • Essentially, searching is simple - type a term
    (or terms) into the search window and click on
    the "Search" button. You will usually get some
    records (hits) in return. But by using a few
    simple techniques you can make your searching
    more effective.
  • To search databases effectively, with the maximum
    number of really relevant records being returned
    to you, you need to understand and apply the
    techniques described on the next few pages. Not
    all techniques will work in all databases, but if
    you understand these steps you will have the
    skills to search most of them.

What is a Record?
  • A record is divided into fields. Each field
    contains a different detail about an information
  • Fields (and their names) vary between databases,
    but the most important ones are author, title,
    source (which make up the citation you will need
    to find the information), abstract, and subject

  • You should take note of
  • Author - the person(s) or organization
    responsible for producing the information
  • Title - usually of the journal article, although
    in some databases it can be a book, thesis or
    book chapter
  • Source - usually the name and details of the
    issue of the journal in which the article
    appears, including the page numbers
  • Abstract - gives you a brief summary of the
    article, book or thesis content
  • Subject Headings (Descriptors) - a concise
    description of the content of the information.
    Look for subject headings relating to your topic
    that you may not have considered already

Which Search?
  • Use Search for a search as simple or complex as
    you like.
  • Use Advanced to combine search terms and specific
  • Use the Index or Topic Guide to locate specific
    terms within a database.
  • Use the Publication Search to determine if the
    journal is full-text or not.
  • If you perform a complex search, or the same
    search regularly, save your Search History to use
    it in future sessions.

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Other Helpful Hints
  • Select date ranges within last five years.
  • Select full text for only full text articles.
    This will limit the search immensely, but you
    might also miss some important literature/research
  • Select Scholarly journals, including
    peer-reviewed provides more scholarly work.
  • Other options may also be available depending on
    the database.

Ready to Begin
  • You can use the thesaurus to find the subject
  • Using the term ethics - determining if
    ethics is used anywhere in the record
  • Articles with ethics in it returned 18,385
  • WOW!! TOO MANY!!

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How do you narrow a search?
  • Use a few strategies
  • Set search limits
  • Focus your search by applying various limits to
    your search limits.
  • Set LIMITS on the search page to limit
  • Date range - Publication in last five years
  • 4. Returned 8551 hits Still Too Many

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Still Too Many?
  • Use Advanced Search
  • Three terms can be used, which are linked to each
    other AND, OR, NOT
  • If ethics and dilemma are linked, the number
    of hits returned is 320. Lets add a third term
    decision making
  • Get 144 hits I can look through that number,
    but when I do there were social work, etc.
  • Add a fourth row under search criteria use
  • AND NOW I GET 115 hits

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Reviewing Records
What is a GOOD article?
  • Should come from a journal not a newspaper or
  • For nursing, the article should come from a
    nursing journal. Stay within your discipline.
  • Should be more than one page in length.
    EDITORIALS are not articles. Neither are Letters
    to the Editor.
  • Should have a bibliography or reference list.

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How to mark your records?
  • You can mark any record in the list of retrieved
    records. When you mark records you can view,
    unmark, print, save, or email the records.
  • Check the box next to the record you want to mark
  • Mark a number of records, having too many is
    better than identifying one and then not being
    able to locate the article and having to start

  • Depending on the database, after marking your
    records, you can print, save, email, or export.
  • ALWAYS do one of the above actions, so you have
    the information and can review as needed. There
    is nothing so frustrating as having to redo a
    search when you cannot find an article.

How do you print the articles?
  • And follow the directions to print, email, export

Whats Next?
  • IF you were able to find a full-text article
    print out the article
  • IF there is no full text available you will
    need to see if the NSU Nursing Library has the
  • To view or print a copy of the Nursing Librarys
    journal holdings, go to the NSU home page at
  • Click on Library then click on Library Services
    then on Shreveport Nursing Library.
  • On the Shreveport Nursing Library page, click on
    Journal Holdings Shreveport Nursing Library
  • This is a PDF file and you will need Adobe
    Acrobat download free from http//

  • If the NSU Library does not have the journal, but
    you REALLY NEED the article see one of the
    librarians for an Interlibrary Loan. There is a
    small fee for getting the article from another
    library. This process may take up to 10 days to
    get the article.

How do you cite your article?
  • You have your article from the library
  • Discontinuing treatment in children with chronic,
    critical illnesses Mahon-MM Deatrick-JA
    McKnight-HJ Mohr-WK Nurse-Practitioner-Forum
    (NURSE-PRACT-FORUM) 2000 Mar 11(1) 6-14 (25
  • APA Format
  • Mahon, M. M. , Deatrick, J.A., McKnight, H. J.,
    Mohr, W.K. (2000). Discontinuing treatment in
    children with chronic, critical illnesses. Nurse
    Practitioner Forum, 11(1), 6-14.

What if you obtained your article from the
  • According to the APA Publication Manual of the
    American Psychological Association (5th ed., p.
    279), you will have to add the following
    information to your citation
  • Retrieved November 3, 2003, from ProQuest Nursing
    Journals database.

Tips for Citing
  • Authors should be cited as listed in the article.
  • Also use never use AND.
  • Capitalize only the first word of the title and
    of the subtitle, and any proper nouns.
  • Spell out the journal name AJN is American
    Journal of Nursing.
  • Italicize the journal name and volume number.
  • Enclose the issue number in parentheses. Omit
    the issue number if page numbers continue in
    sequence, e.g., January is pages 1 to 150,
    February is pages 151 to 310, and so on.
  • Do not put pp. in front of the page numbers.