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Nursing Undergraduate Student Library Research Guide

Information to support undergraduate students as they become proficient users of library resources and services

Virtual Class Introduction

Welcome to our virtual class.  We are going to begin with the idea of why we use academic (scholarly) material for evidence-based practice with patients.  In patient care academic, research-based sources are necessary.  We will move on to include helpful information about scholarly vs. popular articles and how to use library databases to find the best scholarly literature for your purpose.  Here is an item for the first part of our class:

More general information about scholarly sources under the EVALUATE SOURCES tab on this guide.

The databases we have available make both discovery and documentation of scholarly sources fairly easy.  For more ideas about documenting your sources, take a look at the AVOID PLAGIARISM tab on this guide.

Searching CINAHL

Before you begin searching, please look at this video about Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT):

Building Search Strings, Part 1: Boolean Operators  (OSLIS)


Getting Started with CINAHL (video: 13.08)-- Very general search in CINAHL.  Made for Nursing EOF, but useful for anyone getting started.

Limits in CINAHL,part 1  (video, 11:10)--Into to using special limits in CINAHL

Limits in CINAHL,part 2  (video, 7:00)--Continuing intro to using special limits in CINAHL

Advanced Searching on Ebscohost  (Ebsco)

CINAHL Databases - Advanced Searching Tutorial (Ebsco)


Searching Joanna Briggs Institute Database

JBI EBP Database

JBI Resource Center -- Provides training and information about the database


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