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Nursing 561

Managing Your Citations

For this assignment, you are asked to conduct a search, then go through the PRISMA flow chart steps to exclude articles from your results until you a left with 3-4 articles. For most people, the easiest way to do this will be to use a single database and to play around with different search terms and strategies until you get a number you feel good about. You want enough citations that you can comfortably finish the assignment, but not so many that you are having to look through hundreds of results. If you don't have enough results and need to consult multiple databases for this assignment, you'll need to do the PRISMA diagram for each search, and combine your results into one document for submission (so a little math will be required).

Once you've dialed in your search, you can filter your results to just show articles from the past five years -- this will probably knock out a good number of your search results. You should now have a manageable number to work with. Next, you will need to look through your article list and remove articles based on your exclusionary criteria. Both CINAHL and Pubmed have folder or clipboard functions that allow you to save a list of articles, which will help you to narrow down your results to your final 3-4 articles.

Managing Citations in CINAHL

After you've filtered your articles to show just those published in the past five years, you can click on the "Share" button to add your search results to a folder:

 

Once your articles have been added to the folder, view the folder. The articles will be in alphabetical order, making it easy for you to quickly review the list and see if there are any duplicates that need to be removed. You will now see all of your search results in a manageable list. You can then review the articles in your list and delete ones that meet any exclusionary criteria (aren't on topic, poor study design, not peer reviewed, etc.).

 

Once you have your citations in your folder, you can email the results to yourself or save them as a file (so you can review them offline). If you have created a free EBSCO account, you can also save your results so you can easily pick up where you left off.

Managing Citations in Pubmed

Similar to CINAHL, you can add all of your citations to your clipboard by clicking Send to  > Clipboard

 

Once you have your citations in your clipboard, you can sort the articles by author, making it easy for you to quickly review the list and see if there are any duplicates that need to be removed.

After you've removed any duplicates, you can email the results to yourself, save them as a file, or even add them to Zotero (Send to > Citation Manager). If you have created a free Pubmed account, you can also save your results to a new Collection or save your search so you can easily get back to it.

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