NUR-498, Research/Senior Paper I

Librarian's Corner

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Looking for a journal?

Use the A-Z Journals List

Using CINAHL/MeSH Headings EBSCO

Other Helps
  • Articles
  • Folder/Bookshelf
  • MeSH
  • Books
  • Search
  • Citations
  • ILL
  • Web
  • QuickLinks

Databases - Articles

These pages provide Nursing 498 Sr. Paper Students with several selected resources, tips for successfully completing their research assignments, citation tools, selected Web sites, and more.

EagleSearch - An EBSCO discovery tool. Tutorial flash

Core Databases
AHFS Consumer Medication Information
BioMedCentral Open Access
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
See: CINAHL/MeSH Headings PDF
Tutorials: Basic Searching (4 mins.) | Advanced Searching (4.39 mins.)
Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete
Health Sciences (Sage)
Tutorials: Quick Search | Advanced Search
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
MEDLINE with Full Text
See: CINAHL/MeSH Headings PDF
MEDLINE (FirstSearch)
Proquest Dissertations & Theses Full Text
Tip: Use Advanced Search to Browse by Subject. Click the plus sign (+) to view narrower or related terms to the subject.
PubMed Central Open Access
Full text of 1,010+ health sciences journals, books, handbooks and reference works. More...
Other Databases
Academic Search Complete

star Sign in to your personal folder to save and later access your articles.
star Click "Choose Database" and select other or additional databases to search.
star In the article record, use the "Cite" link under "Tools" menu at the right to copy/paste/edit the article citation.
Breast Cancer Searchable Information Center (ebrary, open access)
Authoritative fact sheets, posters, and other materials from gov. agencies and other authoritative sources.
CQ Researcher
Comprehensive coverage on a current social or political "hot topic" is published weekly. Includes background information, chronology, maps, charts, issues, pros/cons, and more. Coverage is non-biased and authoritative. FAQs
star Use the print drop menu to select and print specific sections.
CQ Researcher
H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center (ebrary, open access)
Includes PDF documents from government agencies and other authoritative sites.
Points of View Reference
Current, controversial topics with multiple sides (opposing views) supported by articles, primary sources, news briefs, and more. More | Tutorial (6 mins.)
SPORTDiscus with Full Text

"My EBSCOhost" Folder

The EBSCOhost folder is a personal information management tool to save articles, save searches, create citations lists, write notes, and more. It can be accessed and used in any database in the EBSCO platform. To use the Folder feature, create a folder then sign in to your folder when you are in the EBSCO platform. Note: Items added to the default folder are NOT saved.

See: My EBSCOhost Folder - Tutorial (YouTube, 3:58 mins.)

± How to CREATE Your Folder:
  • Access an EBSCO database.
  • Click Sign In in the upper right.
  • Click I’m a new user and complete the form. (You do not need to use your network login for the username or password.)
  • Click Submit.

± How to USE Your Folder to add items to save and use later:
  • Log in to your EBSCOhost folder.
  • To add an item, click on the Add icon to the right of each item in the result list.
  • To add multiple items, click Share then choose items to add to the folder.

± How to VIEW ARTICLES in Your Folder:
  • Access an EBSCO database.
  • Click Sign In (in the blue menu bar at the top). Enter your username and password then click Login.
  • In your Folder, first click an item title link for the detailed record then click PDF, HTML, or linked full text to view the full text.

± How to PRINT/E-MAIL/SAVE Folder Items:

Select an item and click the title link to view the detailed record. Then, choose from the options under "Tools" in the right menu.

ebrary Bookshelf

The ebrary bookshelf allows you to store ebooks, create notes, highlight text, add Web links, and more.

  • Go to ebrary.
  • Click the Bookshelf tab (top left) then enter your ORU network login to create and log in to your Bookshelf. (Your username is your ORU email address without

    To delete ebook titles, highlights and notes, use the delete trash icon at the right in your folder.

See also: Key Points: Search Strategies and How to Find Articles.

Using CINAHL/ MeSH Headings

Subject headings, descriptors and thesauri terms are examples of "controlled vocabularies." They are lists of pre-defined, carefully selected words and phrases used to classify and organize information, and vary with discipline and database. Controlled vocabulary describes the general content of an information unit, such as a book, an article, or an essay.

Use controlled vocabulary to browse related, broader and narrow topics of interest; in a search to get subject specific, targeted results; and to narrow search results or combine its use with keyword searching for more focused results.

CINAHL Headings (in CINAHL) and MeSH 2015 (in MEDLINE with Full Text) provide a subject heading tree (hierarchy), related terms, subheadings, major concepts, scope, and more.
See: CINAHL/MeSH Headings PDF or Using CINAHL/MeSH Headings EBSCO Tutorial.
  1. Go to CINAHL or MEDLINE databases. Click on the CINAHL Headings or MeSH 2015 option in the toolbar.
  2. Key in your term. Select a search option then click Browse.
  3. From the list of terms:
    - check the box in front of the term to view a list of subheadings OR
    - click the linked term for the "tree structure" view
    MeSH 2015 in MEDLINE with Full Text
See also: Database Subject Headings and Thesauri PDF
Use the library catalog to find books in the library. Search with broad keywords; Use subject headings.
eBook titles are included in the library catalog with links to the ebook, but you may prefer to search an ebook database (listed below) instead of using the library catalog.
80,000+ academic ebooks; includes ~147 Encyclopedias and ~300 Dictionaries. Create a user "bookshelf" to store and annotate your selected ebooks.
apps (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) | Download options | Quick Start Guide | Tutorial
Try a search with call numbers. See: Library of Congress Classification Outline
show/ hide View search strategies
To search the entire collection, type a simple search or click "Advanced" for multiple field and text box options.
To browse and/or search by specific subject area use the "All Subjects" link at the top of the ebrary page.
To narrow your title results list click a subject, or several subjects, at the top of the page.
To open the ebook, click the title or book jacket image.
To view the most relevant chapters from all the books, click the Chapter Results tab next to the Title Results tab.
To use the Text-to-speech function: After you have found a book, click the ebrary Reader button to open a book in ebrary's reader. Choose the "Speech" tab. Highlight text to be read or just click the "Read the selected text button" for the page to be read.
eBook Collection
Reference Books
Credo Reference: NURSING

Concept Map example: Florence Nightingale.
Browse Topic Pages by category: Medicine
Browse book titles by subject.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Click the link above > click the proceed button > select from the title list. More
Titles include:
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: Learning about Addictive Behavior, 3 vols., 2003
Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd ed., 5 vols. star
Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior, 2nd ed., 4 vols., 2001
Encyclopedia of Public Health, 4 vols., 2002
Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z, 2 vols., 2004

In the Library
Browse the Reference Collection, LRC-4th floor.
Most nursing books are found in the WY call number section.

Helpful resources, such as nursing drug books, nursing dictionaries, patient education guides, etc., may also be found in the W, WY, and QV call numbers sections. Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other.

  • QV — pharmacology
  • WY— most nursing books
  • W's — other medical materials
  • WS — pediatrics

See ORU Modified Library of Congress Outline.

Search Strategies

The examples below include a variety of search types, such as MeSH terms with keyword searching. The approximate number of results and database names are in parenthesis. Click the links to view the results then tweak the search for other similar results.


Operator (Boolean)
Examples of key terms for searching
AND   Use to search different concepts together; produces fewer results

pediatrics AND nurse

OR Use to link similar terms; group with parenthesis; produces more results (children OR child) AND
(nurse OR nursing)
NOT Use to specify a term you do not want in the search results.

(children OR child) AND
(nurse OR nursing) NOT school

Excludes results with school.

Truncation (*) Searches the ROOT of a word ended with *; searches alternative endings

child* AND nurs* NOT school

Searches: child, children AND nurse, nurses, nursing

Use fewer concepts Increases number of results
child* AND nurs*
Use more concepts Decreases number of results child* AND
nurs* AND
(outreach OR ministry) AND
inner AND
Phrase Search Use quotation marks to search an exact phrase; Refines search child* AND nurs* AND (outreach OR ministry) AND “inner city” AND “New York”

Try the tools listed below to copy/paste/edit citations, as needed, to match your assignment requirements. Always check the citation references for accuracy with the print style manual.

  • RefWorks
  • Books
  • Articles (EBSCO folder)
  • CQ Researcher


RefWorks is an information management software programs that offers hundreds of citation styles.

It is an easy-to use storage and management tool that allows you to store your information items, create bibliographies, search your Refworks database, and more.

Use the link in the right menu for more information and some "how to" basics on RefWorks.

Create your RefWorks account.

Tip: When you find articles in databases, look for "export" or "save" options to RefWorks. If you are logged in to your RefWorks account, export the citation information or just log in to RefWorks when prompted.

BOOKS in the ORU Library

If you use a book from the library, do a title keyword search in the library catalog, access the record, and then click How do I Cite this? (circled in the image below). Select the correct citation style (MLA) then copy/paste/edit the citation in your works cited list.

Library Catalog citation link Go there.


WorldCat CitationsBOOKS not in the ORU Library Catalog

Go to and search the book title.
Click the title to access the detailed record.
Click the Cite/Export link (shown right). Click a citation style then copy/paste/edit the citation, as needed.
Learn more: Citation Tools (YouTube 1:47 mins.)

JOURNAL ARTICLES in an Online Database

For a single citation in an EBSCO database, such as Academic Search Complete, click the article title to access the detailed record. Click the "cite" button in the right toolbar then choose a citation style. Copy, paste, and edit the citation to match the course style requirements. (The "Tools" menu is only available on the detailed record; it is not on the results page.)

EBSCO citations Go there.

The EBSCO folder is a personal information management tool to save articles, save searches, create citations lists, write notes, and more. Create a folder then sign in to your folder. Note: Items added to the default folder are NOT saved.


For multiple citations use the EBSCO folder:

  1. After you add the articles to your personal folder, click Folder has items at the top of the page.
    In the folder:
  2. Click checkboxes to mark items to be cited.
  3. Click the Print icon (in the right toolbar).
    In the Print Manager window:
  4. Uncheck HTML Full Text box and Search History, if showing and checked.
  5. Choose a Citation Format.
  6. Click Print (items are reformatted for printing). PrinT or cancel, then save or copy/paste/edit the citations.


Find a topic then use the CiteNow! link, located above the issue title, to view the citation options. Note that the default style is APA so make sure to select the correct style for your assignment and course.

CQ Researcher citations Go there.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for Sr. Paper Students

When ORU does not have the article, book, or other items that you need, it may be requested through the Interlibrary Loan department.

Contact ILL at 918-495-7377 or
See: ILL Request Form

  • BEFORE requesting an item through interlibrary loan, determine that the ORU Library does not own the item you need.
  • Some items are available nearby; others may take a week or more to obtain from out-of-state.
  • The $2.00 per item interlibrary loan request fee for students is waived after attending a sr. paper LIBBI.
  • You will receive an email when your item(s) is ready to pick up. Some journal articles are available from lending libraries in PDF format and can be emailed directly to you.
  • Pick up ILL items at the circulation desk.
  • Submit only one request form for each article. (The form is submitted each time the submit button is used, regardless of whether the "required fields" have been completed.)
  • After submitting a request, check your ORU email for the confirmation, which includes the citation information.

After attending the LIBBI session your name is sent to ILL and added to the ILL fee waiver list for sr. paper students.

When you make an interlibrary loan request remember to include the three items mentioned in the LIBBI -- attended LIBBI, sr. paper and no charge -- so that the ILL librarian will check the sr. paper fee waiver list for your name. If your name is on the list the ILL $2.00/ item fee is waived.

Emailing a citation to
If you are making an ILL email request without a form, remember that you need to identify yourself and include your name and contact information, such as a phone number so that they know who is making the request and where to contact you.

If you have questions regarding ILL services or your ILL request please contact Interlibrary Loan or Ask-A-Librarian. If you have questions about attending a LIBBI session or your name being added to the ILL sr. paper fee waiver list, contact Myra Bloom at 918.495.7174 or

Occupational Outlook Handbook Online: Nurse
O*Net OnLine (American Job Center Network): Nurse
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues -- Resources include primary source documents, statistical evidence, government research and documents, and more.

Government Web Statistics
To search and locate government web sites that include statistics or facts on your topic try the following sample searches using the topic of your research.

your topic   statistics
your topic 1   your topic 2  fact sheet

For more detailed information see How to Find Statistics.

Database QuickLinks

More Information = vendor's database description