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Nursing: Articles

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UpToDate® is not available through Foley LibraryUpToDate is provided by the Nursing Department only to students enrolled in the following courses: 607P, 608P, 661P, 662P, 663P, 664P, 665P, 683P, 631M, 661M, 663M, 693M. Contact Molly Wood in the Nursing Department for assistance with UpToDate.

Foley Library Databases for Health Sciences

Open Access Internet Databases

Journals by Subject

The Periodicals@Foley link will allow you to search for specific journals.  If you want to see a list of journals in nursing and related subjects check out specific subject links.

Database Searching Tips & Tricks

While searching:

  • Limit to peer-reviewed journals. That's what your professors expect you to use in your research.
  • Narrow your search. Add a date range, keyword, etc. 
  • Expand keywords with truncation:  bicycl* (retrieves bicycle, bicycles, bicycled, bicycling).
  • Read the abstract of an article to find out if it really is beneficial to your research.
  • Ask for help:  http://researchguides.gonzaga.edu/reference

Database Searching Tips from Foley Librarians

  • LOOK AT THE WHOLE SCREEN FIRST. Before you start searching in an unfamiliar database, look at the whole search screen first. What search tools are available to you? Are there check boxes, limiters, subject headings, indexes, a link to get help?
  • KEEP IT SIMPLE. Search with only the most necessary keywords from your topic and don't use all of them at once. Example (keywords in italics): What are the effects of global warming on the animals in national parks?  You might want to get more specific and search for:  climate change, wildlife, Yellowstone
  • FIND A FEW (2-3) RELEVANT ARTICLES. You don't need to start with 20 articles; find a couple of very relevant ones and read those first. You may discover other topics, authors or references or you may decide to change your topic.
  • SEARCH USING SUBJECT HEADINGS.  Browse a database’s Thesaurus or list of Subject Terms to find subject headings relevant to your topic OR use a subject heading link in an article record to search for more articles with that heading. The Using Subject Headings tutorial below explains it better.