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NURS 212 - Cultural Aspects of Nursing Care (Dr. House): Nursing Database Article

This Research Guide will help you find the resources essential to success in this class.

Searching EBSCO


The Databases

Two databases located on the EBSCO selection menu are specific to Nursing.  Those databases are CINAHL and Health Science Nursing Academic Edition. 

  • CINAHL Plus® with Full Text is a robust collection of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature

  • The Health Science Nursing Academic Edition.database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. 

  • In addition, numerous related scholarly articles related to cultural competencies in nursing will be identified in the top two databases: Academic Search Premier and MasterFile Premier. Both these databases have been set as automatic search defaults.

  • The two Psychology/Behavioral Science databases will also assist in retrieving relevant articles for your proposed ethnic groups and will also contain articles related to the  transcultural concepts in nursing care. These databases are PsycArticles and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection.

  • To access the EBSCO databases from home go to the library homepage: Click Databases and Journals. Scroll down the list and click EBSCO. Off-campus authentication will provide complete access.


Keywords are essentially for retrieving relevant articles.  The words AND, OR and NOT between words you type into the search box will assist in narrowing and expanding your search results. 

AND - requires both terms to be in the retrieved articles. AND broadens the search. Example Chinese and Nursing and United States

OR - either term or both terms will be in the retrieved articles.  OR  broadens the search. Example: Mexican OR Hispanic 

NOT - subtracts the term from the retrieved list. Hispanic AND nursing not Mexican

Keywords to Consider

Keywords will focus your search and assist you in identifying articles relevant to the content of your narrative.  Take time to organize the content of your paper across the ten page length before you begin your research.  Look at the Table of Contents in the books held by the library to help you organize the progression of your paper narrative as related to your ethnic group.

Examples: health care practice, culture, childbearing, diabetes, cardiovascular, nursing, older adults or seniors or aged, mental health or anxiety or stress, family, religion, disease, diet, promotion, health disparities, assessment, prevention

By modeling your paper along the lines of many of the available books and articles your paper will look more professional and will embrace the common threads associated with nursing competencies to address multicultural patients.

Example search results using the two nursing and the two default databases: For each of these searches I used NURSING AND MEXICAN as common denominator keywords.  For your search you will substitute your ethnic group for Mexican.

nursing and mexican and disease = 143 articles

nursing and mexican and senior = 29

nursing and mexican and elderly = 34

nursing and mexican and family = 215

nursing and mexican and diabetes = 25

Examining Results

Not every article will work.  The abstract, a brief article summary, will enlighten you to the relevancy of the article to your research. Spend a minute to save considerable time by reading the article abstract. Use the abstract to identify other key words.

Abstract Example from the article, Symptom Monitoring, Alleviation, and Self-Care Among Mexican Americans During Cancer Treatment found in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Monitoring the occurrence and severity of symptoms among Mexican American adults undergoing cancer treatments, along with their self-care to alleviate symptoms, are understudied; the current study aimed to fill this gap in the literature. A total of 67 Mexican Americans receiving outpatient oncology treatments in the southwestern United States participated. Instruments included a patient-report checklist, the Therapy-Related Symptom Checklist (TRSC), the Symptom Alleviation: Self-Care Methods tool, and a demographic and health information form. At least 40% of participants reported the occurrence of 12 symptoms: hair loss, feeling sluggish, nausea, taste change, loss of appetite, depression, difficulty sleeping, weight loss, difficulty concentrating, constipation, skin changes, and numb fingers and toes. More than a third also reported pain, vomiting, decreased interest in sexual activity, cough, and sore throat. The helpful self-care strategies reported included diet and nutrition changes; lifestyle changes; and mind, body control, and spiritual activities. Patient report of symptoms during cancer treatments was facilitated by the use of the TRSC. Patients use symptom alleviation strategies to help relieve symptoms during their cancer treatment. The ability to perform appropriate, effective self-care methods to alleviate the symptoms may influence adherence to the treatment regimen.

After reading the abstract you will determine whether the article matches the culture competencies rubric assigned by Professor House.  Note that this is a peer reviewed nursing journal that is evident from the journal title itself.  In addition, this article was published in 2014 making it acceptable current research.


EBSCO articles provide APA citations.  Please note, that sometimes you will need to edit the EBSCO citation due to unnecessary CAPITALIZATION that should have been caught by EBSCO staff.  To locate the APA citation click on one of the retrieved articles from the search list.  First read the abstract for relevancy.  Then click Cite located in the right hand icon column.  Copy and paste the citation to your works cited page.

Williams, P. D., Lantican, L. S., Bader, J. O., & Lerma, D. (2014). Symptom Monitoring, Alleviation, and Self-Care Among Mexican            Americans During Cancer Treatment. Clinical Journal Of Oncology Nursing, 18(5), 547-554 8p. doi:10.1188/14.CJON.547-554

EBSCO also provides major and minor subject terms to further your research.  These terms are located above the article abstract. Take advantage of these terms to further research the topic. 

Major Subjects:
Self Care
Symptoms -- Therapy
Chemotherapy, Cancer -- Adverse Effects
Radiotherapy -- Adverse Effects
Minor Subjects:
Human; Outpatients; Checklists; Severity of Illness; Conceptual Framework; Cross Sectional Studies; Convenience Sample; Texas; Self Report; Descriptive Statistics; Content Analysis; Female; Male; Adult; Middle Age; Aged; Oncologic Nursing; Diet; Nutrition; Life Style Changes; Spirituality

 Return to the EBSCO database menu and search the two psychology journal databases.  The psychological aspects of nursing care and patient anxieties may further augment your research narrative.

nursing and mexican and mental = 31 peer reviewed articles.

If you still need to locate supplemental articles to support your background information the following EBSCO databases will assist: Religion and philosophy Collection, Political Science Complete, Academic Search Main Edition, and MainFile.  

The library also has links to two citation builders.  You may wish to check the EBSCO citation against either the KnightCite citation builder or the Automated Citation Creator.

If you need assistance with researching the databases please contact the library reference desk at Redfield, 850-4049 or the referene desk at the Dandini main campus,674- 7602.

PubMed and Ovid


Ovid is another full text nursing database. Search the Ovid nursing database with the same type of Boolean search you did is EBSCO.



PubMed is the premier health sciences database. At the library home page click on Databases. Click on PubMed. It is not totally full text, but has a full text subset called PMC (PubMed Central). PMC is accessed by pulling down the menu in the upper left hand section of the search screen and clicking on PMC. Search PMC with the same Boolean search strategy used in EBSCO or OVID.