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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)


References Formatted by CINAHL (Ebscohost)

Use the folder or list  function in most databases to make a list of references or bibliography.

"Instant" MLA Bibliographies from Ebsco  --  You can use this procedure in EBSCO databases for APA, Harvard, or Chicago styles as well 

Note:  When you email references to yourself, the DOI's correctly leave out the Rutgers proxy information.

RefWorks or EndNote Web

For further information on these two, direct-export, online citation managers, go to the Tracking Your Citations tab.

APA: What Is a Secondary Reference?

See what the APA Style blog says about citing secondary sources, how to cite them, and whether you should..

For additional information about APA, please see the Citing Using APA Style page.

APA Style in PowerPoint Presentations

These two YouTube videos deal with APA style in PowerPoint presentations.  Please note that they might cite the wrong version of APA  Use the current one, of course!


APA Formatting for PowerPoint: How to Apply APA Style to PowerPoint Presentations


APA Formatting in PowerPoint


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