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Nursing - Rolla - Library Research

Nursing at East Central College in Rolla.

Databases for Research

Nursing and Allied Health
CORE DATABASES

Database search tips

Keyword Index

Use Boolean operators to combine keywords.

   AND - combines two or more words and the results will contain all the words

   OR - broadens the search to include either keyword in the results; great for synonyms

   NOT - narrows the search by excluding a keyword

Title Index

   Enter a title, but exclude starting "The" "An" or "A"

Author Index

   Last name, First name

Library of Congress Subject Headings Index

   The subject of the book is about  x, y, z.

   A special language used in library catalogs and research databases, it can narrow the results better than keyword

   Review the abstract or summary of the article for "Subject Terms"  These are clickable and will generate a new search with the focus of the article on THAT subject.  You can combined more than one subject in the Advanced Search Option.

Search strategies

The Library can help you improve your searching to find your resources.

Books

  • Use keywords and link using "and", do not search by phrase.
  • Use Library of Congress subject headings.  Ask a Librarian for assistance as this is a specific language that can quickly narrow down your results.

Articles and Scholarly Journals

  • Use Boolean searching, "and" "or" "not" to narrow down your results.
  • Use subject headings to find results that are the focus of your topic, not just a keyword.

Websites

  • Google scholar for research materials

Images

  • EBSCO Images
  • Credo Images
  • Flickr - watch for copyright

Statistics

  • Can be difficult to find current information, use credible resources of .gov sites or articles