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NUR215 Information Literacy Instruction 2015

Instructors: Associate Prof. Mark Jackson – Reference & Online Resources Librarian
Assistant Prof. John Hinchcliffe - Systems Librarian, Reference Librarian


Develop basic skill in using selected electronic indices and databases of professional literature.

Learning Outcome:
  • You will be able to use the library databases to find academic scholarly articles

Possible topics: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

How to use Google Effectively I searched for "genetic screening" ethical issues nurses nursing - using the search tools tab, limit your results to 2012 to 2014. 

These are the databases you have access to []. If you are doing this from off-campus location, log-in using your Bloomfield College username and password. 

Databases (full-text and peer-reviewed publication) sorted by discipline, click here.
Why use these databases? They provide authoritative, research articles that are usually NOT available on the Web. These articles are from journals. A journal is a type of periodical that contains scholarly articles written by specialists aimed at other specialists in a particular field. An article in a scholarly journal is usually documented with footnotes and/or a bibliography. For the most part, scholarly journals are published monthly or quarterly and contain little advertising or few, if any, color illustrations. Also referred to as "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed," a scholarly journal features articles that usually contain original research (qualitative or quantitative) and have been reviewed and selected by other scholars in order to be published.

What is a peer-reviewed journal and why should we care? Standards and guidelines are stricter for peer-reviewed publications. A panel of experts (the author’s peers) in the subject field of the publication, for example geriatric nursing, will review an article submitted for publication. The panel will scrutinize the sample size, whether or not it is representative of the target population, methodology of the study, clarity of the research focus, conclusions of the authors, and whether or not the study is unique.

TIP: CINAHL and MEDLINE offer brief 5 minute video tutorials that focus on subject searching. Review it before searching, become a better researcher!

CINAHL: One possible way to begin is by finding publications pertaining to the field nursing. Using the publications tab, type nursing into the search box. There are over 400 publications in the database with the word nursing in the title. Look for publications that give you access to the "full text" of the article. You may search within a publication.

Another possible way is to look for CINAHL subject headings. For a test, we can use STRESS. Notice the suggested subject headings for stress. Choose the closest one you are thinking of. In this case, we will choose, STRESS, PsychologicalSelect one or more subheadings to restrict your search. For our purposes, we will choose Nursing/NUNotice how the search term box to the right changes each time:
Let's also add nursing as a subheading. Click SEARCH for results. There are over 1,100 results. 
Finally, we will limit our results to full text and written since January 2011. 

You can place your mouse pointer on the magnifier to see the details of a record.

Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE: Begin with a SUBJECT HEADING TERM search – refine your search using a FULL TEXT limiter and a PEER REVIEWED limiter. Look for subject headings suggested with links. For example, using nurses psychology I found this article When Professional and Personal Worlds Meet: Nurse and Daughter. The authors are Kathleen B. Wilson, Katherine B. Ardoin. The article is written in understandable language, free of jargon. The article is 5 pages long. The article was published May/June 2013 in the Journal of Medical Surgical Nursing. 

Assessment: Use ProQuest, Academic Search Complete or CINAHL, and locate one article that discusses some aspect of your topic – Create a bibliography in APA format, print your results with the citation and the abstract.

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