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NRS 104: Nursing Professionalism and Practice: Search Strategy

Slides from the Library Session

Creating an Effective Search Strategy

  1. Start by writing a short description of your topic, such as:

    How professional identity contributes to nursing professionalism

  2. Next, identify the key concepts of your topic, and brainstorm alternate terms:

    Identity: Role

  3. Use the asterisk (*) to find different variations of search terms:

    Profession* will find: Profession, Professional, Professionalism...

    Nurs* will find: Nurse, Nurses, Nursing

  4. Break up phrases with AND:

    Profession* AND Nurs*

  5. This is your search strategy:

    (Identity OR Role) AND Profession* AND Nurs*

Put it All Together

CINAHL search boxes demonstrating search for (Identity OR Role) AND profession* AND nurs*

Put each concept of your search into a separate search box (this will find articles that include all of your concepts).

In each search box, enter all the terms you brainstormed for that concept. Enter OR between each search term to find articles that include any of those terms.

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