Literature Searching Tips

Three Part Series from AJN on Developing Systematic Review Searches

Aromataris, E., & Pearson, A. (2014). The systematic review: an overview. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 114(3), 53–58.

Aromataris, E., & Riitano, D. (2014). Systematic reviews: constructing a search strategy and searching for evidence. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 114(5), 49–56.

Stern, C., Jordan, Z., & McArthur, A. (2014). Developing the review question and inclusion criteria. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 114(4), 53–56.

Evidence-based Literature Searching AJN Series

Melnyk, B., Fineout-Overholt, E., Stillwell, S., & Williamson, K. (2010). Evidence-based practice: step by step. The seven steps of evidence-based practice: following this progressive, sequential approach will lead to improved health care and patient outcomes. American Journal of Nursing, 110(1), 51-53. Retrieved from CINAHL with Full Text database. [This is the 2nd article in a new AJN series designed to advance evidence-based practice and give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time. Series full text available free on the AJN website. ]
Stillwell, S., Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B., & Williamson, K. (2010). Evidence-based practice, step by step: asking the clinical question: a key step in evidence-based practice. The American Journal Of Nursing, 110(3), 58-61. Retrieved from MEDLINE with Full Text database. [The 3rd in AJN's EBP series.]
Stillwell, S., Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B., & Williamson, K. (2010). Evidence-based practice, step by step: searching for the evidence. American Journal of Nursing, 110(5), 41-47.  [ This article, focusing on the second step of the EPB process 'searching for the evidence' , is the 4th in the AJN EBP series .] 

Journal of Emergency Nursing has a column/ongoing series about Evidence-Based Practice

Klem, M., & Northcutt, T. (2008). Finding the best evidence, part 2: the basics of literature searches. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 34(2), 151-153.

Finding the Evidence, Part 1: Understanding Electronic Databases Journal of Emergency Nursing 34(1), Feb 2008, 59-60.

Triaging the Evidence Journal of Emergency Nursing 34(4), Aug 2008, 361-362.

Reading and Abstracting the Literature, Part 2 Journal of Emergency Nursing 34(5), Oct 2008, 464-465.

Bernardo, L. M. (2007). Evidence-Based Emergency Nursing Practice: The Journey Begins. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 33(4), 375–376.

More articles on searching:

Waltho, D., Kaur, M. N., Haynes, B., Farrokhyar, F., & Thoma, A. (2015). Users’ guide to the surgical literature: how to perform a high-quality literature search. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 58(5), 349–358.

Lawrence, J. (2007). Techniques for searching the CINAHL database using the EBSCO interface. AORN Journal, 85(4), 779-791.

Hoss, B., & Hanson, D. (2008). Evaluating the evidence: web sites. AORN Journal, 87(1), 124.

Ehrlich-Jones, L., O'Dwyer, L., Stevens, K., & Deutsch, A. (2008). Searching the literature for evidence. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33(4), 163-169.

Lacovara, J. (2008, June). When searching for the evidence, stop using Wikipedia!. MEDSURG Nursing, 17(3), 153-153.

Kleinpell, R., Gawlinski, A., & Burns, S. (2006). Acute care advisor. Searching and critiquing literature essential for acute care NPs. Nurse Practitioner, 31(8), 12-13.

Timmins, F., & McCabe, C. (2005). How to conduct an effective literature search. Nursing Standard, 20(11), 41-47.

Carlock, D., & Anderson, J. (2007). Teaching and assessing the database searching skills of student nurses. Nurse Educator, 32(6), 251-255.