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Nursing: Find Evidence (info sources)

Topic Background

To better understand (and write about) any research topic, you should determine the main concept(s) involved, and then find encyclopedia entries on that concept. This will not only give you an historical context (how has the thing, theory, or technology evolved over time?, what people, laws and policies are involved?), but will also help you find the words and phrases that are essential for searching the scholarly literature. Once you have a handle on your concept(s), search the journal, book and other literature, using the "Information Sources" section below.

Information Sources (search the literature)

Choose a search tool from those listed below. CINAHL is the best resource for nursing-specific journal literature, but you may want to try others, such as MEDLINE for topics that cross into more general health and medicine fields or e-books for monographs.


Library OneSearch

Search Tips:

  • Searches most (but not all) library items at once
  • Keep it simple; use keywords only.
  • use double quotes around common phrases. E.g. "evidence-based medicine"

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