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Nursing LibGuide: Transcultural Nursing

Resources for nursing students

Getting Started

The Alverno Library is a gateway to information on the health beliefs and practices for cultures and countries worldwide.

Looking for websites?
Best websites: Nursing > International Health

Best websites: Nursing > Transcultural Health

The resources in this LibGuide are especially useful for completing the N250 Global Perspective Assignment and the N450 Culture Assessment. Use the tabs located about this box for information specific to both assignments

Search Tips:
Search with synonyms. For example, if you are investigating the economic perspective of an issue you could try searching with any of the following terms: economy, poverty, income, uninsured, wealth...

Need more synonyms? Click here to access a worksheet for the N250 Global Perspective Assignment.

Not Sure Where to Start?
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Google Scholar is an excellent tool for finding scholarly journal articles. Click here to access Google Scholar or use the search box on the Alverno Library homepage to find articles available on the "free" web or in the library's subscription databases.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the premier resource for global health information. The WHO website provides detailed information on many aspects of healthcare for countries worldwide. It includes information on health topics, data and statistics, and numerous publications on important healthcare issues.

CINAHL is found on the Alverno Library's Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z page and provides access to a wide range of articles published in the nursing and biomedical journals. Not finding what you need? Try searching multiple databases to increase the number of articles found.

Tips for Database Searching
1. Search with synonyms

  • For example, if you are investigating the health & illness beliefs of a culture, you could try searching with any of the following terms: sick role, health behavior, attitude to health...  Need more synonyms? Click here to access a worksheet for the N450 Culture Assessment.
  • Or, if you are investigating an ethnic culture and not finding enough information, try using the name of the country as a search term. For example, Puerto Rican is the culture, Puerto Rico is the country. Both are good search terms.

2. Look for the journal subset

  • CINAHL is a database for nurses and nursing students that provides access to articles published in the nursing journals... but, not every article in CINAHL is from a nursing journal. So how do you tell if an article is from a nursing journal? By clicking the link to an article and scrolling down to the journal subset section. Look for Core Nursing and Nursing - these are articles from nursing journals. CINAHL is available on the library's Databases by Subject page.

3. Search multiple databases

  • Use the CINAHL database to search multiple EBSCOhost databases at once. This is a great way to "cast a wide net" and is especially useful for finding information on obscure topics. This handout explains how to search multiple databases using CINAHL. Consider adding MEDLINE and PsycINFO for best results.


Tips for Annotated Bibliographies
1.  Use NoodleTools

  • NoodleTools is a citation tool that helps students create annotated bibliographies. While it's not perfect.... it is pretty good and will make formatting an accurate bibliography fairly quick and easy. Click here to access NoodleTools, new users will need to set up a personal ID.

2. Use Purdue's OWL

  • Unfortunately, the APA manual does not specifically address how to correctly format an annotated bibliography. But, Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) does. Click the links for more information and examples.

Need an example? Try this sample annotated bibliography.

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