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Registered Nursing

This research guide is for students in CCSF's registered nursing department

OneSearch

OneSearch LogoUse OneSearch to search for books, eBooks, articles (from magazines, newspapers, and journals), streaming videos, DVDs, CDs, images, and more, all in a single search. OneSearch cross searches most CCSF Library Databases at the same time. OneSearch can be accessed from the Library website! Want to see how it works? Check out our video demo.

Health Science Article Databases

Free online databases

PubMed
National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health launching point for health sciences information, from peer-reviewed literature to clinical trials. Be sure to look at the quick start guide, information on finding the full text of articles, and the tutorials. Also check out the citation matchers, useful if you have incomplete information about an article.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - Online
Online version, with features not available in the print version, and "continuously updated to ensure that the information is as up-to-date as possible."

Trip Medical Database

An online database that will search for high-quality research evidence. A free version is available as well as a premium one (Pro).

Search Strategies

Overlap icon (from Krishansky)Digital searching can work well when you combine your search words with "Boolean" connectors.

Boolean Connector What does it do?
AND
  • narrows the results of a search, though without this operator, the AND is usually implied.
  • This searches only for items containing both search terms.
  • Example: health disparities AND urban
OR
  • expands or broadens the results of a search. This searches for either term, thus widening the possibilities.
  • This is helpful when searching using synonyms. ("OR is more.")
  • Example search string: genetically modified OR transgenic OR GMO
NOT
  • excludes specific terms that may be clouding your result set with irrelevant results not related to your topic.
  • This is helpful when trying to remove some results.
  • Example: nutrition NOT diet

"Filter my results" section with "Peer-reviewed Journals" checkedOther strategies:

  • Identify key concepts. Include the useful or relevant keywords in your search, as well as synonyms, rather than a full question.
  • Use "Filters" to limit your source type, time period, and location.
  • Need "scholarly" articles? Use the "Peer-Reviewed Journals" filter.

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