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NSG 615: Advanced Research

Getting Started

Spotlight on PubMed

PubMed is a great database to begin your searches. 

  • Be sure to use the Le Moyne PubMed link so that you can connect to full text articles from your search results!
  • Create a free myNCBI account to save your search strategies and preferred results.

The short tutorials below are a great way to learn PubMed basics!

Subject Headings and Controlled Vocabulary

Subject headings are different than keywords. Searching for keywords finds the letters that you type on a page within the database or search engine without regard to meaning. They're helpful but you only find articles using those keywords somewhere. If another author uses a different word for the same thing, you'll miss that article (example-overweight or obese). Subject headings are created by the database in which they are used or adapted from MESH for medical literature. For a complete listing of Mesh subject headings and trees, use PubMed, Cochrane  or the link above. Using subject headings finds articles that keyword searching might miss.

Search Strategy

Individual journals

Academic Medicine   2000 to present

Biolaw is a monthly newsletter reporting on legal and ethical  issues in medicine, health care and bioengineering. Our collection is in print and is located in the reference collection at QH 332.B36. Coverage includes 1986 to 2013. Each annual binder includes updates to prior articles/issues as well as special sections reporting on current ethical topics and legal decisions/pronouncements.

Clinical Nursing Research is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that addresses issues of clinical research that are meaningful to practicing nurses, providing an international forum to encourage discussion among clinical practitioners, enhance clinical practice by pinpointing potential clinical applications of the latest scholarly research, and disseminate research findings of particular interest to practicing nurses. We subscribe from 1999 to present.

Health Education & Behavior (HEB) is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal that provides empirical research, case studies, program evaluations, literature reviews, and discussions of theories of health behavior and health status, as well as strategies to improve social and behavioral health. HEB also examines the processes of planning, implementing, managing, and assessing health education and social-behavioral interventions.