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 for Health Care 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. APA Manual
- Fortunately, the 7th edition of the APA manual provides guidance for formatting an annotated bibliography and includes a sample paper. Please see pages 307 and 308 of the manual for more information. Don't have an APA manual? You can borrow one from the library.
Need an example? Try this sample annotated bibliography (7th edition).