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To find articles by topic, search by keyword in one of our research databases. These databases index articles in a large number of nursing and medical journals by topic, and allow you to search for articles by keyword. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to enter your name and library barcode number. Enter your name as firstname lastname (put a space between your first and last name NOT a dot) and the 14 digit library barcode that you should have received in a letter when you first enrolled. (If you don't know your barcode, please call 401-341-2289 and we can look it up for you.)

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CINAHL with Fulltext
The world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing and allied health journals, providing full text for more than 520 journals indexed in CINAHL. Includes coverage of over 1,200 professional journals in nursing and 17 allied health disciplines, with coverage as far back as 1982.

Tips for searching CINAHL:

  • You will see the basic search page when you first access CINAHL. For easier searching, lick on the Advanced Search link under the search box.

  • The CINAHL Advanced Search page will allow you to enter multiple keywords to search for articles by topic. Think about the main topic of your research question, then pull out the main keywords for that topic and enter ONE keyword in each search box. (For example, do not enter Does helmet use reduce brain injury but instead enter brain injuries in the top search box and helmets in the second search box.) Choose AND, OR, NOT in drop-down menus to connect keywords. In most cases, you will want to search for 2 or more keywords using AND. Then click search.

  • If you are not sure of the correct terminology for your research topic, try using the CINAHL Headings link to look up your topic. This link is located along the top of the screen in the blue bar.

  • CINAHL headings example: The term heart attack is not used in CINAHL headings, instead use the term myocardial infarction. Using the correct subject term according to the CINAHL headings will help you to find more articles that are specifically on your topic.

  • Important search limiters available in CINAHL: Full text - limits your search to articles where the complete full-text will be available directly in CINAHL. Peer reviewed - limits your search to articles that come from scholarly academic journals. Research article - limits your search to articles that directly report the results of the author's own original research study or experimentation. Publication type - choose type of document.

  • The first ten articles found by your search are on the first page of results. Click on the page numbers in the light blue area to go to the second page of results.

  • Look through the articles found by your search. If your keywords are not working, try using the CINAHL headings to find an alternate term for your topic, or try user fewer keywords to get a more general search. It is better to start with a search that is broad and then narrow down your search if needed.

  • Suggested subject headings are listed on the left sidebar of the results page. Clicking on one of these narrows down your search by adding this term into your search query. To do a new search on one of the suggested subject headings, go back to Advanced Search, enter the subject heading in the search box, and choose to search in Subject.

  • If you are in a hurry, try limiting your search to full-text and peer-reviewed. This will make it quicker to get to scholarly articles that are in full-text directly in CINAHL. Please note that if the full-text of a particluar article is not in CINAHL, it is possible that the library has this article available in full-text in another database. Look up the article's journal title in our Journals List to see whether the full-text is available in another library database.

  • To print, email, save, or cite a certain CINAHL article, click on the article's title link to go to the detailed display of info on thhat article. Then use the small icons on the top right to print, email, save or cite.

  • To find qualitative articles in CINAHL, try one of these terms along with a topic keyword: Qualitative, Qualitative studies, Action Research, Ethnographic Research, Ethnological Research, Ethnonursing Research, Grounded Theory, Naturalistic Inquiry, Phenomenological Research.

Nursing Full Text PLUS (OVID)
A collection of full-text online nursing journals hosted by Ovid.

Tips for searching Nursing Full Text PLUS:
  • Choose Advanced OVID Search.

  • Type AND between keywords. For example, breast cancer AND qualitative.

  • Scroll down the page to find your search results. The PDF full-text link for each article is located on the right top of each article's display.

PubMed Central
A digital archive of life sciences journal literature, developed and managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Tips for searching PubMed:

  • Go to Advanced Search.

  • Enter one or more keywords. Do not put AND between keywords. For example, enter qualitative breast cancer.

  • To open the full-text click on the PDF link underneath the article's info.
Science Direct
Contains a large collection of full-text science, technology, medicine, and nursing journals.

Tips for searching Science Direct:

  • Go to Advanced Search.

  • Use quotation marks around phrases.

  • Under Source, choose Subscribed sources if you want to find full-text articles only.

  • Under Subject, you can limit to Nursing and Health Professions if you want to rule out all the articles from medical and science journals.

  • In the results list, click on the PDF link under each article to full up the full-text.

Additional databases:

Contains more than 25,000 full-text articles from 42 journals published by American Psychological Association and allied organizations. Coverage includes general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology.

Sage Journals Online
Includes over 460 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Includes nursing journals such as Nursing Science Quarterly, Journal of Research in Nursing, Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

AltHealth Watch
A full-text and image database comprised of publications focused on the area of complementary and alternative approaches to health.

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To check for availability of a specific journal title, go to the Journals List. Enter the title of the journal you are searching for. You will get a listing of the print and/or electronic availability of this journal. If a journal is available online, this list will tell you which library database contains the full-text, and for which years we have the full-text available. You can browse the electronic journal issues by clicking on the database name.

Tutorial video on how to check for the full-text availability of a specific article using a citation

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Search the Salve catalog for
    books, e-books, videos and more ...

HELIN Catalog Advanced Search

For example, to find books related to nursing enter keywords on your topic, such as holistic nursing or pediatric nursing.

Or use the catalog's Advanced Search option to find books located at McKillop Library and other HELIN libraries. To limit your search to books located only at McKillop Library, select "Salve Regina University" under the drop-down menu labeled "View entire collection."

You can request that a book be delivered to another HELIN school or hospital library for pickup.
After locating a book you would like, simply use the request button, enter your name and library barcode number, select a pick-up location, and submit. For more detailed information on requesting books, see our guide to requesting books.


Call the library's Reference desk at 401-341-2289, or submit a question online..

LibraryConnect Course Guide
June, 2009