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NS 204: Nursing Informatics

Database links, interactive tutorials, library jargon, and handouts.

NS 204 - Library Jargon

Database Searching Concepts


  • Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature
  • # of journals: over 4,900
  • full text articles from over 750 journals
  • Foreign languages: yes
  • Disciplines covered: nursing; 17 allied health disciplines
  • Years covered: 1937 to present
  • Use search results: display, print, email, save, export to RefWorks


  • Produced by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) and the National Library of Medicine
  • Produced for the scientists creating the Human Genome database
  • # of journals: over 5,200. Over 20 million articles
  • Includes animal information, both research and for vet medicine
  • Free? Yes, to anyone in the world with access to the Internet
  • Start from library list of databases to gain access to full text articles subscribed to by UAA

Loansome Doc

  • online ordering module that is part of PubMed. Use to get the full text of an article from your medical library for a fee.

Nursing and Allied Health (Proquest)

  • # of journals: indexes more than 850 titles, with over 715 titles in full-text. Coverage begins in 1986.


  • (one of the databases that is part of PubMed)
  • Produced by the National Library of Medicine
  • Nursing journals: yes, but not as many as in CINAHL


  • medical subject headings.
  • Authorized listing used to index articles - assign subject headings

Boolean Operators

  • (visual explanation)
  • AND: used to combine two or more concepts. AND reduces the number of items retrieved since ALL the concepts MUST be included
  • OR: used to search for two or more similar ideas. OR expands the number of items retrieve since only ONE concept is required.
  • NOT: used to eliminate a concept.

Textwords (or Keywords)

  • searching using words supplied by the author or searcher for topics with no subject heading (new drugs)
  • for doing in-depth research on a topic where you want to find EVERYTHING

Truncation and Wild Cards

  • * is used in CINAHL and PubMed to find similar terms with different endings. For example, nurs* would find nurse, nurses, nursing
  • ? is used to replace a character within a word

Other terminology


  • In academic publishing, an embargo is a period during which access is not allowed, typically the most current 3 months to 1 year

Full Text Articles

  • Find when searching in a database by clicking the Check Library for Full Text link.
  • Use QuickSearch or the Journals A to Z option when the journal and citation is known

ILL: interlibrary loan

Peer Review

  • :as a subject refers to the process of doing peer review
  • as a limit finds peer reviewed articles. The article is reviewed by peers in that field prior to being published


  • PICOS is a mnemonic for Patient Population or Problem, Intervention (treatment/test), Comparison (group or treatment), Outcomes, and Setting or Study type
  • PICOT is also used where the T stands for Time


  • a type of publication - different from clinically-based articles.


  • Online bibliographic management program that allows users to create a personal database of references and generate bibliographies in a variety of formats


  • Scholarly (or academic) journals contain articles written by researchers who are experts in their field
  • Scholarly articles and peer reviewed articles are used as synonyms in many databases as a limit