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NUR306: Writing for Professionals: Getting Started

Finding an Article from a Citation

If you already have a citation for the article that you want, use our Journal Locator to find the article.

Type in the name of the journal to find out if the library has access.

If we don't have the article you want, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Off-Campus Users

The Loyola Notre Dame Library has transitioned to a new login system for accessing the library's databases, catalog and other resources for your coursework and research.

To login, you will be required to use your Loyola or NDMU provided username (full email address: example@loyola, student@live.ndm.edu or faculty@ndm.edu) and password. Notre Dame students should use the password for their Network\Campus account (also used for Webadvisor and logging into Lab PCs) NOT their Gatormail password.

If you need assistance logging in please contact the Research and Instruction desk at 410-617-6802.

Interlibrary Loan

What if I want a book or article that the library doesn't have?

You can request any book or article, even if the library doesn't have a copy, through Interlibrary Loan. The LNDL will borrow the item from another library on your behalf. Simply log into the ILL system, then fill out a request for the desired book or article. Articles and other digital materials usually will be delivered to your account within 24 hours. Books and other physical items will take about a week to arrive; you will be notified via email when items are ready for pickup. Loan periods and renewals vary according to the lending libraries.

Developing a Clinical Question

An effective research question for evidence-based nursing:

  • has been asked and researched before by someone else;
  • focuses on an issue in health care "that can be measured or described in some consistent manner";
  • discusses what nurses need or want to do about the issue.

For example: "What is the impact of an educational program on violence in the workplace in an emergency department setting?"

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Searching CINAHL

Once you have written your research question, use CINAHL to find research articles. CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the premier nursing database. It indexes journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and more.

How Do I Find the Full Text?

After completing your search for articles in one of the library's databases, you'll see several options for accessing the full text. View this guide for help with accessing the full text of an article.

 

CINAHL Tips

Using AND narrows your search. Using OR expands your search. (put OR terms on the same line).

If one of your search terms is an abbreviation (for example, CHF), use the full term (congestive heart failure) instead.

Be patient! Using CINAHL effectively takes practice and time.

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