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Need help with research for a paper, project, or other research-related task? Schedule an appointment with a Research Librarian, either in-person or online using Zoom. Click on the green box labeled "Make a Research Appointment" on the right of this screen.
Chapel Cowden is the Health & Science Librarian at UTC and works closely with all Nursing programs here. Contact her via email at Chapel-Cowden@utc.edu. While email is a great way to get in touch and get the research ball rolling, Chapel will likely ask you to meet with her online using Zoom which offers a richer learning experience.
Need an answer quickly and it's after 5pm? Use the Library's chat service! Our Ask A Librarian chat service allows to you live chat with a real librarian who can answer your research questions. The service is open any time the Library is open (until midnight on most nights). You can also text us at 423-521-0564.
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Please watch the short video below to determine where to start your research. Never used the CINAHL database before? Have no clue what PubMed is? Explore the Database Tip Sheets on the right-side of this page to learn how to use these important health research databases.
**Click on the image below to watch Nursing: Where Do I Search?
By this point in your college career, you have probably had a chance to search library databases. You understand that you need keywords (not sentences) when you search a database. However, using health science terminology might be new territory.
Natural language refers to the common way that we speak in everyday life. Database language refers to how a database classifies a concept and is usually very technical. Though most databases are great at matching natural language entered with database terminology, it’s important for you to begin recognizing medical terminology. Some examples include:
|Natural Language||Database Language|
|Heart attack||Myocardial infarction|
|ACL||Anterior Cruciate Ligament|
Synonyms and related terms for the word cardiac arrest death include:
Synonyms and related terms for young athletes might include:
Once you've decided what to research, where you plan to search, and the keywords you want to try, it's time to create a search strategy. Each of the following sections will help you build and properly conduct your search.
These words can be used in Library databases, but also work really well in Google! They are important for creating efficient, effective searches.
Expands the search.
Used to string synonyms together.
Results include all articles with any of the terms used.
(all results including the words "hand washing" as well as all results including the words "hand hygiene")
Narrows the search.
All retrieved results must include all terms connected with AND.
AND usually combines different concepts together in one search.
AND is assumed between words in Google.
(only results that include both the terms "hospital infection" and "antibiotic")
Excludes results with a specific term.
Really handy to eliminate unwanted search results.
(all results with the term "antibiotic", but excluding those with the term "penicillin")
So how do we put these terms into use along with what we learned about synonyms in the keyword section? Let's take an example research question and break it down into a good search strategy.
Does hand washing amongst healthcare workers reduce healthcare facility acquired infections?
|Synonyms for Concept #1||Hand washing||OR||Handwashing||OR||Hand hygiene||OR||Hand disinfection|
|Synonyms for Concept #2||Healthcare facility acquired infection||OR||Hospital acquired infections||OR||Nosocomial infections||OR||Healthcare associated infections|
|Synonyms for Concept #3||Healthcare workers||OR||Health personnel||OR||Healthcare provider||OR||Health professional|
The idea here is to combine synonyms and concepts in different ways for multiple searches. Combining your terms should reduce the overall number of searches needed. Example search strategies: