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Install RefGrab-It to easily import citation information from websites into RefWorks. Note: RefGrab-It only works with Firefox and Internet Explorer.
RefGrab-It video 1:40
Use CINAHL and OVID Medline to determine subject headings and keywords. Once you build your search terms, then search Web of Science, PubMed, PsycINFO (if applicable), and Google Scholar.
1. structured search interface for MEDLINE
Exporting OVID Citations to RefWorks
3. articles related to the psychological aspects of nursing
4. interdisciplinary database with over 12,000 journal titles
6. Google Scholar articles from online scholarly journals, books, and web sites.
Creating Search Alerts
1. CINAHL Create a free EBSCOHost account. Run your search, click on the RSS symbol to the left of your search in the Search History section, and follow instructions.
2. PubMed Create a free NCBI account. Run your search and then click on Create Alert underneath the search box and follow instructions.
Grey literature is any literature not published in journals, such as reports, dissertations, and government documents.
Try this strategy for locating grey literature: search Google with search terms followed by site:.org. Repeat the search using site:.gov and then site:.edu.
Example: hospital preparedness bioterrorism site:.org
Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Resources
Rating System for the Hierarchy of Evidence: Quantitative Questions
Level I: Evidence from a systematic review of all relevant randomized controlled trials (RCT's), or evidence-based clinical practice guidelines based on systematic reviews of RCT's
Cochrane Library, Joanna Briggs Institute, PubMed Health, and TRIP.
Level II: Evidence obtained from at least one well-designed Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)
Level III: Evidence obtained from well-designed controlled trials without randomization, quasi-experimental
Level IV: Evidence from well-designed case-control and cohort studies
Level V: Evidence from systematic reviews of descriptive and qualitative studies
Level VI: Evidence from a single descriptive or qualitative study
Level VII: Evidence from the opinion of authorities and/or reports of expert committees
Above information from "Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: a guide to best practice" by Bernadette M. Melnyk and Ellen Fineout-Overholt. 2005, page 10.
ClinicalTrials.gov registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world
TRIP Database look for evidence based practice limits on the right-side column
Also search Research Databases above for all levels of evidence.
Clinical Decision Support
FirstConsult found in ClinicalKey (use drop-down menu next to search field)
National Guideline Clearinghouse public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
Lippincott's Nursing Procedures & Skills evidence-based procedures in all major clinical categories
Patient Education Sources
- MedlinePlus National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends
- ClinicalKey select Patient Education from the drop-down menu to the left of the search box
- UpToDate medical conditions and treatment options
- Micromedex select CareNotes from the Micromedex page
- PubMed Health consumer health information
- WebMD commercial health information provider
- Drug Information Portal gateway to selected drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies
- PillBox tool for identifying drugs
- Drugs.com commercial website that pulls content from reputable sources
- ClinicalKey select Drug Monographs from the drop-down menu to the left of the search box
- Micromedex single source of clinical information — from need-to-know drug, pediatric, disease, lab, and toxicology information to comprehensive resources for patient and consumer education
- Pubmed Health Drugs A-Z
Online Textbooks and Ebooks
These are electronic collections of books and texbooks. AccessMedicine, for example, provides one-search access to over 80 medical textbooks, including Harrison's.
- AccessMedicine e-book collection including Harrison's Online and Hurst's the Heart
- ClinicalKey over 1000 medical and surgical reference books, along with over 500 journals
- e-book collection of nursing and medical textbooks
VIRGO search VIRGO by keywords and use Format facets on the left to limit search results to formats such as Books, Ebooks, Streaming Video, and Government Documents
Is it Peer Reviewed?
Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory listings of periodicals from over 200 countries. Look for refereed icon to determine peer review status.
Impact & Influence of Journal or Article
An article that has been cited by other authors has greater impact than other less-cited articles. Keep in mind, that current artlces will be cited by fewer authors.
- Journal Citation Reports tool for determining Impact Factor of a journal
- Web of Science For articles, check Times Cited for number of times article was cited by articles in Web of Science. Check Usage Count for number of times article was downloaded or exported to citation manager.
- Google Scholar for articles, check Cited By for number of times article was cited by anything accessed by Scholar
- Altmetric Bookmarklet tool for determining influence or interest in a journal article
Where to Publish
Check these sources to find the best match for an article you want to get published.
Directory of Nursing Journals a collective of nursing editors and publishers focused on meeting the research needs of the nursing profession
JANE (Journal/Author/Name Estimator) enter keywords and JANE will find best matching journals
JournalGuide in addition to searching by journal name, category or publisher, authors can use the title and abstract of a paper to discover journals that have already published articles on similar topics
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) tool for determining Impact Factor of a journal
Intro to JRC (3 min video)
Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory Listings of periodicals from over 200 countries. Check to see what indexes cover the journal.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Comprehensive directory of open access journals. Look for approved journals (green checkmark) and listing of Article Processing Costs (APC).
What is Open Access? (8 min. video)
Images for Presentations
If you need images for a presentation, start with the sources below.
AccessMedicine note that you can send the image directly to a PowerPoint slide
BioImage Search biomedical images you can use i.e., images with Public Domain & Creative Commons licenses
Tests, Surveys, and Measurements
PsycTESTS provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration
Mental Measurements Yearbook find reviews, reliability and validity information for commercially available tests
ERIC use Tests/Questionnaires limit in Publication Type
CINAHL use Questionnaire/Scale limit in Publication Type
- NationMaster extensive compilation of political, social, economic, environmental, etc. data on nations
- CDC Global Health global health information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Searching for historical nursing literature can be challenging. CINAHL can yield results, however, keep in mind that the online CINAHL databases goes back only until 1981. Therefore, to find earlier articles, search the library's CINAHL print indexes, which are located in the lobby and go back to 1956. Searching VIRGO can also yield results, as will a MEDLINE search, which goes back to 1879 in print (Index Medicus) and online (PubMed or OVID MEDLINE) the late1940s. Historical literature can also be found in the following indexes:
VIRGO search UVA's collection of books and ebooks combining your topic with History in the Subject field (e.g. polio AND history)
Google Books enter topic in search box and then limit by century or date range using Search Tools-->Any time
- JSTOR older issues of scholarly journals
- American Periodicals periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals
Chronicling America search and view millions of American historic newspapers, published 1836-1922
New York Times 1851 to 2011
ProQuest Historic Newspapers & Magazines New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post
Virginia Newspapers Library of Virginia's online newspaper database and repository
Letters & Diaries
- American Civil War: Letters & Diaries contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs