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NUR 4050 Nursing Research - Fall 2021

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Developing Keywords

Brainstorm broader, narrower, and related terms.

PICO Question:

In nurses (P), what is the effect of high nurse patient ratios (I) compared to low nurse patient ratios (C) on medication errors (O)? ​​

Nurses Nurse Patient Ratios Medication Errors
Nursing Students Staff Ratios Drug Errors
Pediatric Nurses Workload Patient Safety 
ICU Low staffing Medication Administration Errors

Boolean Operators

Typing the Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT into the library catalog or databases allow you to broaden or narrow your results.

Peanut Butter AND Jelly: only results with both peanut butter and jelly; Peanut Butter OR Jelly: results with peanut butter, with jelly, and with both; Peanut Butter NOT Jelly, results with Peanut Butter only

Found too many results?

Add more keywords.

Adding additional keywords to your search can help to further narrow your topic.

Example: nursing AND music therapy AND pediatrics 

 

Found too few results?

Use OR.

Broaden your search by using OR to link your terms.

Example: nursing AND (music therapy OR music intervention) AND (pediatrics OR children OR adolescents)

Citation Chasing

Citation Chasing and "Cited By" Searching

Once you find a good article:

  • Look at its References and find other articles that have cited it
  • In Spartan Search, click the red arrows next to the article's title to find the article's References (the downward-facing arrow), and articles that have cited this title (the upward-facing arrow)

screenshot of article record in Spartan Search

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