NUR-498, Research/Senior Paper I

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Need to find a journal title? Use the A-Z Journals List
Using CINAHL/MeSH Headings EBSCO

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  • Web
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Databases - Articles

These pages provides Nursing 498 sr. paper students with several selected resources and tips for successfully completing their research assignments.

Core Databases
AHFS Consumer Medication Information
BioMedCentral Open Access
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
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
Tutorials: Basic Search | Advanced Search
MEDLINE with Full Text
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.
Academic Search Complete
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.)
Points of View Reference
SPORTDiscus with Full Text

My EBSCOhost Folder

The My 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.

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:
• 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.

To VIEW ARTICLES in Your Folder:
• Access an EBSCO database.
• Click Sign In (in the blue menu ba rat the top) and log in.
• Click Folder (in the blue menu bar).
• In your Folder, click an item title link for the detailed record and PDF, HTML, or linked full text to view the full text.

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.

See: My EBSCOhost Folder - Tutorial (YouTube, 4:05 mins.)

ebrary Bookshelf

Store books, 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. Controlled vocabulary describes the general content of an information unit, such as a book, an article, or an essay.

Use controlled vocabulary:

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

Controlled vocabulary varies with discipline and database and may be identified as subject heading terms or a thesaurus.

CINAHL Headings (in CINAHL) and MeSH 2014 (in MEDLINE with Full Text) provide a subject heading tree (hierarchy), related terms, subheadings, and more.
Use the link in the top menu bar of CINAHL or MEDLINE databases.
Key in your term.
See: PDF | EBSCO Help--CINAHL/MeSH Headings
CINAHL Headings

From the list of terms,

  • check the box in front of the term to view subject headings or
  • click the linked term for the tree view.

    CINAHL and MESH Headings
See: 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

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

children AND evangelism

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

(children OR child) AND (evangelism OR evangelize) NOT school

Excludes results with school.

Truncation (*) Searches the ROOT of a word ended with *

child* AND evangel* NOT school

Searches: child, children AND evangel, evangelism, evangelical, evangelized, etc.

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


Sample topic:
Physical, mental and spiritual interventions for human trafficking victims.


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.

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues -- Resources include primary source documents, statistical evidence, government research and documents, and more.

To search for government web sites that include statistics or facts on your topic, try the following:

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

OneSearch (EBSCO's Integrated Search Interface)