• Introduction to the library
• Developing a search strategy
• Choosing a research resource
• CINAHL searching and citation interpretation
• Article retrieval and ILL
• Reading and interpreting nursing research
• Saving results and setting up search alerts
• APA and source citation
Your topic will probably start very general and move toward the specific. The more you can refine your topic, the easier and more successful your literature search will be.
To develop your thinking about your topic and generate keywords to use in your search, use PICO:
Also consider synonyms for the terms or concepts you come up with--instead of "elderly", "aged" might be a more useful term. You'll discover more as part of your research process.
Most in-depth research will require searching more than one resource. You may search multiple databases, data repositories, and the Internet. Databases and other resources may curate their content according to several criteria:
CINAHL, or Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, is the world's most comprehensive nursing research database. Our subscription includes the full text of over 600 journals, plus links out to other nursing research databases and library subscriptions. From primary research literature to systematic reviews to the latest evidence-based practice, CINAHL may be the only database you need to complete your assignment.
More nursing, medicine, and allied health databases are available via the Find Articles tab above.
Even before looking at the article, you can determine its potential usefulness and quality from its citation information. Here are some characteristics to look for:
Author affiliation: where/who authors work for
Publication type: whether item is a journal article and whether it’s research:
Major/minor subjects: article’s area of focus, study population, methodology—good source of additional search terms, too
Abstract: summary of article’s content, can give you an idea of its rigor and evidence basis
Journal subset: look here to see if journal is peer reviewed
Your assignment requires that identify an article of interest, explain why it's interesting, why it's important, and how you might apply it. How do you choose?
Attached below is a more detailed rubric covering these criteria. Feel free to use it to evaluate research resources.
Does something about the article's content or conclusions seem off? Not sure whether the evidence supports the claim? Evaluate your article more thoroughly with the: