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 provide a brief overview and sample annotation.
Need an example? Try this sample annotated bibliography (6th edition).