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Nursing 305: Researching

Nursing Research 2017-2018

Associate Prof. Mark Jackson 

  • Introduction to CINAHL for research
  • Introduction to Google Scholar
  • Introduction to PubMed
Learning Outcomes:
  • You will be able to use databases to find research articles
  • You will be able to use Google Scholar to find research articles
  • You will be able to use PubMed to find research articles
  • You will be able to cite accurately the articles you find

Why do you need to know this?

While there is a tremendous quantity of information available through the Internet, there is also a large body of knowledge available through online resources such as ProQuest, Medline, CINAHL, Academic Search Premier and others.

To use the Bloomfield College Library databases, you must access them through the Library site. If you are off-campus, you will need to log in using the same credentials you use to log in to the Bloomfield College e-mail system. If you are on-campus, access is seamless. These are the databases you have access to. []

My test research and searches will relate to medication errors. These errors may take place in a hospital setting, in a geriatric context, pediatric context, and other areas. Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.  The extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3.5 billion a year, and this estimate does not take into account lost wages and  productivity or additional health care costs, the report says. (2006)

How much information will I find? Sometimes, it may be useful to do a Google Scholar search to try and determine the extent of scholary research and writing pertaining to the topic. Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

[Google Scholar Search medication errors]

[Google Scholar Search computerized nursing] -- If you are looking for a STUDY, use the advanced search and add the word study to the box with at least one of the words.

The search terms may also need to be expanded, some possibilities: technology - computers - order entry 

PubMed - Many articles are not available as full-text but many are. This is a free government database. Often there are other links to relevant information. Use the "Free Full text" available link on the left side of the screen. 
Click here to access PubMed. Our sample search will be Computerized Physician Order Entry.


Using ProQuest Database to find publications: Example, any publication contains the word nursing: A search can be performed within a publication.

Search within a publication: search for Computerized physician order entry or any other search terms   

Using the advanced search, you may also look for the words in the title of an article. If the word is contained in the title, it can be assumed the result will be very relevant.

Adding your results to a folder and printing a working bibliography. Select Document Summaries (citation and abstract); APA citation style

CINAHL with Full Text, Academic Search Premier, MEDLINE, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (you can select all of these by using the choose databases link):

This is the result of a search using Computerized Physician Order Entry. 

This is the result of a search using the combined database search for Computerized Physician Order Entry. 

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