Steps for effective research:
Determine the broad topic.
Identify related topics associated with the topic by browsing a variety of sources (related topics will help to generate more keywords to use to narrow the search, that is, to make the search results more specific):
Turn your topics into effective search terms.
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.
Be sure to write down which documents you have used, if you have not made a print out or obtained a copy.
If necessary, modify your search term(s) and try again.
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: