Inquiry. Service. Leadership. Care.
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.
Nursing, Business, Psychology & other Social Science courses at PLU generally require students to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) for research papers.
• Evidence Based Practice and research literature
• Topic refinement & search strategy development
• Getting the best results out of CINAHL: Accessing, searching, interpreting citations, article retrieval
• Reading and interpreting nursing research; article evaluation
• EBSCO's citation tools
• Introduction to UpToDate
What is the evidence basis for the findings in each of these articles? How might it inform your own expertise, your clinical practice, or your advice to a patient or community member?
Before you begin your search, a good research habit is to spend a little bit of time thinking about what you want to know, and what words you'd use to describe it. Here are some brainstorming strategies to try:
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.