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Nursing Questions

Nursing Questions

Recently, we looked at how to do basic research.  Those techniques will serve you well any time you’re searching for information, but if you’re doing nursing research, there are several great tools available to you at IU East that will help you with this very specialized topic. Medicine is one of the fields where reliance on scholarly, vetted resources is the most important.  While there are a few trustworthy medical websites on the free web, such as PubMed and the Mayo Clinic, in general medical advice on the free internet should be avoided at all costs.  The practice of medicine is too complex, and situations too linked to individual patient histories, to trust an anecdotal story someone put up on … Continued
Finding Theory for Practice

Finding Theory for Practice

One question that’s been asked a lot recently concerns various nursing theorists.  Our databases can be great sources for this kind of information.  Major nursing databases like CINAHL, Health Source: Nursing Edition, and MedLine are a great place to start. Try truncating or reducing the number of words in the search to find more articles.  For example, Dorothea Orem AND Self Care Deficit Theory comes back with only one result while Dorothea Orem AND Self Care comes back with dozens.  Just searching Orem AND Self Care returns almost four hundred, but many of these are just about the application of her theory rather than having much about Orem herself.  In the same way, Imogene King AND Conceptual Theory finds less than … Continued
Disease Research

Disease Research

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, but whether you have a research interest in Hepatitis or in any infectious disease, the library is the place to go for information.  We all do some of our research on the Internet – even when we know there are better choices.  But with medical topics, that’s a particularly bad idea.  While there are a handful of trustworthy sites on the free web – things like PubMed, the Mayo Clinic, and the Center for Disease Control – there is an inordinate amount of garbage out there.  And when it comes to health, believing it can be dangerous.   Of course, our databases are rich with reliable scholarly articles, and choices like Health Source, MedLine, Biomedical … Continued
Nursing Searching

Nursing Searching

Are you starting research on a nursing or medical topic, but unsure where to begin?  Let the library help!  We provide you with access to a lot of cutting-edge scholarship that will make your research easier.  The EBSCO databases CINAHL, MedLine, Health Source Nursing, and Health Source Consumer are a great place to begin.  These databases let you limit your results to things like only full text articles, peer-reviewed articles, or articles published in the last few years.    Say your topic is relationship-based care.  This search gives you over 100 scholarly, full text articles, published in the last ten years.  Or try this search for information about care plans.  Or this one for respecting Islamic practices in end-of-life care. … Continued