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Nursing: Articles

Guide to nursing research and resources at NOVA. Direct comments to ksnawder@nvcc.edu

Article Databases: Best Bets

The best way to locate articles is through library databases.  Use your myNOVA username/password for off-campus access.

Other Databases with Nursing Content

Using the CINAHL/MeSH Headings Feature in EBSCOhost

Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals which:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
  • Report on events, issues, or scholarly research.
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.

More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

Find Journal by Title

Search for Periodical Titles

Browse Periodicals by Subject

Search Tips

Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

cross infection AND handwashing

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.

"cross infection" AND handwashing

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word.  Using pollut* as a search term will include results that refer to microbes, microbiology, microbial, microbacteria, and microbologist.

microb*

Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.