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Nursing

Essential resources for research in Nursing and related fields.

Find Articles - Use the Databases

Databases search thousands of journals, magazines, and/ or newspapers all at once. These are the most useful in the field of Nursing, but Murray State has many others that may prove helpful on the Database A-Z list.

Go here for an alphabetical listing of all the electronic databases at the library. If the PDF or HTML link isn't provided under the result, click on the yellow "Find it @ MSU" button in order to:

  • get the article electronically full text via a different database;

  • find the physical copy of the article in the library via Search;

  • or, if the above methods aren't available, request via interlibrary loan.


Search Tips for Better Results

Source: Oregon State

  1. Remember: Databases don’t answer questions like Google. Use keywords, including synonyms.
  2. Skip extraneous words: the, an, and, what, is, etc.
  3. Use quotation marks to identify compound subjects "objective c"
  4. The asterisk * is a truncation tool that allows you to search for multiple versions of the same word in many library databases. Searching comput* will get computer, computers, computing or computation.
  5. Use Boolean Operators to combine search terms. PHP OR Hypertext Preprocessor.
  6. Use Subject searches in library databases to find more relevant articles:
    • programming languages OR computer program language as a SUBJECT
    • visual programming OR visual programming language as a SUBJECT
    • software engineering OR computer programming as a SUBJECT
  7. Limit by date (last 5 years) in library databases and Google.
  8. Be prepared to use Interlibrary Loan to request resources that aren't available full-text online.