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NSG 441 (Hamilton): Finding Original Research Articles

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Remember that original research articles will have sections titled: Methods/Methodology, Results, Conclusions

To ensure that the information you find is related to health care and terminal illness, add a keyword related to that in your search. Some examples of keywords you could use are:
Palliative care
Terminal care
End of life

CINAHL, MEDLINE, and Health Source

Youll need to enter your Miami Unique ID and password to access these resources from off-campus.

Choose one of these resources:
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

At the top of the search page, there is a link that says “Choose Databases.” Click that link to add in other databases related to your topic. This allows you to search multiple databases at one time and have results from all of them show up in one results list. Add in the other 2 resources listed above by checking the box next to the name of the resource in the pop-up window.

choose databases link  

Then enter your search terms. You can also search the resources listed above individually, if you would like.

Check the box next to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” to get only peer-reviewed articles in your results list.



You can limit the results list to articles published within a specific date range either from the search screen or the results list.

From the search screen, enter the desired date range into the boxes under the "Limit your results" heading and in the "Published Date" section.



In the results list, you can change the dates in the slide rule on the left-hand side of the page.


screenshot of options in ebsco
If you see links that say “PDF Full Text” or “HTML Full Text”, clicking on those will take you to the full text of the article. Then, on the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see options to:
--download/save the article (blue arrow in the screenshot),
--print the article (red arrows in the screenshot),
--email the article to yourself (yellow arrow in the screenshot), and
--get the citation information for the article (green arrow in the screenshot).


After you click the icon to get the citation, you can highlight, copy, and paste the APA-formatted citation into your document. Always be sure to double-check your copied citations, though. Sometimes formatting, such as italics and hanging indents, aren’t correct. Information is typically in the correct order, but good to double-check that as well.



Screenshot of the limit options in PubMed


Enter your terms in the search box. On the left side of the results list, you'll have options to limit to articles published within a specific date range, and by type of article (such as randomized controlled trial).



screenshot of full text links in pubmed

To get to an article, click on the title. Then look in the upper right-hand corner for a section called "Full text links" (the links will vary with each article).  If you see links other than the "Find It!" button, then click one of those to get to the full text of the article. If the "Find It!" button is the only option, then click it. It will search all of our other resources to see if we have access to full text.