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Nursing Research

Finding Journal Articles in the Library Databases
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Position Statement on Nursing Research http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Publications/positions/NsgRes.htm (accessed June 21, 2008)
What is nursing research? “Nursing research provides the scientific basis for the practice of the profession. Using multiple philosophical and theory-based approaches as well as diverse methodologies, nursing research focuses on the understanding and easement of the symptoms of acute and chronic illness; prevention or delayed onset of disease or disability, or slowing the progression thereof; finding effective approaches to achieve and sustain optimal health; and improvement of the clinical settings in which care is provided (National Institute of Nursing Research, 2003). The study of professional socialization and the educational processes that best prepare nurses and nurse scientists to succeed are also appropriate foci of nursing research, given the growing demand for increasing efficiency and effectiveness in higher education and the critical need for leadership development in all areas of the nursing profession.” Why do research? “Nursing research worldwide is committed to rigorous scientific inquiry that provides a significant body of knowledge to advance nursing practice, shape health policy, and impact the health of people in all countries.”

How can the Gateway Libraries help?
Reference and research assistance (In person, via email, or online chat using Ask a Librarian) Interlibrary & Intercampus loan of library materials via daily van delivery Over 96,000 items, including books, computer software, audiovisual materials, and articles from scholarly nursing journals.

What is the difference between a magazine and a scholarly journal ?
Journals
Purpose: Targeted Audience: Authors: •to report new research •professionals •scholars, teachers •experts •professionals •scholars, teachers •experts •long articles •include bibliographies •fewer ads; generally ads are targeted at profession

Magazines
•to report general news and information. •general public •hobbyists •special interests •reporters, journalists •magazine staff •NOT necessarily experts •article size varies •no bibliographies •many ads; aimed at general public

What is a scholarly nursing Journal? A scholarly journal is a periodical that publishes peer-reviewed articles about current research and news in a particular academic discipline or professional practice. What Does “Peer-Reviewed” mean? It means a research article has undergone an evaluation process before being accepted for publication. These articles are reviewed by a panel of experts or “peers” in the same field as the author who know the discipline and will be able to judge the merits of the author’s research report.

Content:

Characteristics of a “Peer-Reviewed” or “Refereed” research article: • provides an Abstract • offers background on other research in this area and does a literature review • explains methodology of experiment and gives research results • draws conclusions and suggests areas of further study • provides a bibliography of resources used in planning and preparing the research study.

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How do I find a “Peer-Reviewed Article” or a “Refereed Article”? Begin at the Library’s web page: http://www.gtc.edu/library . Look for the section labeled “Databases(Articles from magazines, journals, and
newspapers).” The Library has contracted with the vendors listed to provide Gateway students and staff with access to electronic periodical collections. The two major vendors of articles in the health sciences are EbscoHost and ProQuest.

EbscoHost offers several major nursing and medical journal collection, including: Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, CINAHL (the Citation Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature), MedLine, and BioMedical Reference Collection. Together these databases provide access to 550 scholarly, full text journals, including nearly 450 peer-reviewed journals, focusing on many medical disciplines in nursing and allied health. You can search these databases simultaneously or separately. ProQuest offers ProQuest Nursing & Allied Healthsource (270 leading nursing publications from 1986-present, full text) designed to meet the needs of researchers at health-care facilities and students in nursing.

I. Using EbscoHost
On the Library web page, under Databases, click on EbscoHost. Follow instructions for logging in. Type gtc, then your student ID number (gtcXXXXXXX)

Then, choose the databases you want to search.
For nursing, check HealthSource Nursing/Academic Edition then scroll down and check CINAHL with FullText .

Click Continue when you have chosen your databases.

If you want to see which periodicals are indexed in a given database, click on the Title List link. Then select one journal title and read all the articles in any issue.
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Sample search: I am looking for recent articles in nursing journals about MRSA infection.
FIRST, limit your search to journals with the words nurse, nurses, or nursing in the title of the publication. Why? To ensure that your articles come from nursing journals, not medical journals, physical therapy journals or other allied health publications. How? Type nurs* in the text box and then change the dropdown box to SO Source.

Then type a keyword or phrase that describes your topic. You may also Limit your results.
Click Full Text and Peer Reviewed to limit your results to only full text articles attached to the results. You can also limit results by date, number of pages, or publication (journal title).

Results: a list of articles that match your search
Click on an article title to view an abstract and citation.

Click on full text to read the article.

You can add articles to your folder as you scan through the list, and then reconsider and print or email as a batch. (Your folder will empty, though, when you log out of Ebsco, so be sure to save them to a flash drive.)

If you didn’t check Full Text before your search, you may get the message. You may click on Find Full-Text to look for the article in another Gateway database. If not available in another database, you can Request document thru Interlibrary Loan. This is a free service for students and staff. The Library will request a copy from another area library. This process may take 5-7 working days.

If you do not have the time for Interlibrary Loan, then you can limit your database search to Full Text. You can place that limit now, by selecting it in the limits box on the right. You can also narrow the year range. marker higher. Click Update Results.

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Your selected article: Note that you can Print, Email, Save (on your flash drive), cite, or add to a Folder.
If you use the article in a research paper, you will need an APA citation to include in the References page of your report. EbscoHost will build the APA citation for you.

Click on the icon that looks like a typed paper, and choose either APA or MLA format, depending on your instructor’s requirements. Then copy and paste into your paper.

Click on the icon that looks like a typed paper. A new window will open with many citation formats. Look for the APA citation and then copy and paste it into your paper.

### End of “Using EbscoHost” ### “Using ProQuest” begins on the next page.

Questions about EbscoHost? Contact the Gateway Libraries at:
Elkhorn Kenosha 262-741-8438 262-564-2786 elkhornlrc@gtc.edu kenoshalrc@gtc.edu Racine 262-619-6220 racinelrc@gtc.edu

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II. Using ProQuest
On the Library web page, under Databases, click on ProQuest Follow instructions for logging in. Type gtc, then your student ID number (gtcXXXXXXX) NOTE: No login is required when you link to Library resources from Blackboard. Look for the Library tab at the top of the page in Blackboard.

When the list of ProQuest databases appears, click on Nursing & Allied Health Source.

Then click on Begin Searching.

Sample search: I am looking for recent articles in nursing journals about MRSA infection.
FIRST, limit your search to journals with the words nurse, nurses, or nursing in the title of the publication. Why? To ensure that your articles come from nursing journals, not medical journals, physical therapy journals or other allied health publications. How? Type nurs* in the text box and then change the dropdown box to Publication title. Then type a keyword or phrase that describes your topic.

You may also Limit your results by Date range, to only Full text, or Scholarly journals.
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Results: a list of articles that match your search
Results include Suggested Topics which will begin a new search for you. CAUTION: If you begin a new search using a Suggested Topic, remember to limit your search to nursing journals (nurs* in Publication Title) again.

Results are listed most current first and include links to the abstract (summary of article) and full text, when available.
If the article is not available fulltext, then click on Find a copy to see if it is available in another Gateway database or if you should request it through the Gateway Interlibrary loan service (free service for students and staff, but takes 5-7 business days to process.)

Your selected article:
You can Print, Email, Cite this (in APA format ), or Mark it to add to a Folder to review (Folders will empty upon exiting the database). Use Back to Results to continue reviewing your search results.

Read, save, email, or print the Full Text.

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You can access library resources from home, clinical sites, nursing skills labs, libraries –anywhere that you have Internet access. Look for the Library Tab in Blackboard. Blackboard access eliminates the login step for licensed resources. Or you can go to the Library Home Page at http://www.gtc.edu/library .Then, select a resource. Read and follow login directions. Some resources are restricted. For those, you will need to enter your student or staff id number to access. Read the onscreen directions closely.

Elkhorn 262-741-8438 elkhornlrc@gtc.edu

Kenosha 262-564-2786 kenoshalrc@gtc.edu

Racine 262-619-6220 racinelrc@gtc.edu

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