Steps for effective research:
Determine the topic.
Turn your topics into effective search terms.
Select the darabases that are most relevant to your topic by reading the descriptions. Collections such as EBSCO or Gale Access a;;ow you to search multiple databases at the same time.
Combine the keywords with AND to focus your search. This requires both terms (eg. cardiac and nursing) to be in the articles, books, reports, etc. the computer lists for you.
Some databases supply the AND for you. Read search suggestions or HELP before searching a database.
Or combine phrases,using the command AND, e.g., “global warming” AND “fossil fuels.”
Identify credible sources, that is, reliable sources.
Browse results of your search at each stage to determine if you have found relevant sources. Retrieved items do not have to be perfect! You can use relevant portions.If available, use the abstracts to find relevant articles. This will make reviewing your result lists go much faster.
If necessary, modify your search term(s) and try again.
Make sure to print out or note citations for each of the items you use.
APA citations will be available in most databases you use. If not, use the appropriate APA manual, a reliable citation generator or the APA section of the Purdue OWL website. Make sure to use the rules for the most current version of the APA Manual.
If you run into problems, or have difficulty with the research, ask the librarian for help.
The library subscribes to several specialized databases with nursing content. More detail can be found on the Journal Articles page of this Guide. Below are a few examples: