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NUR203 Introduction to Professional Nursing: Your Assignment

Use this guide to find Evidence Based Research written by an RN within the last 5 years

Your Assignment

The following document contains the criteria you will use to critique your article.  Remember, you will need a copy of the entire article in order to answer the questions in this document.

If you have the credentials for an author and are not sure if they are a registered nurse, check the following:

Tips for finding evidence-based research articles written by a nurse within the last 5 years:

  • Use the Advanced Search feature
  • Enter "this study""case study", or "pilot study" (including quotation marks) in the search box
  • Check the box under Any Author is Nurse
  • Check the box under Peer Reviewed
  • Specify under Published Date a range that encompasses the last 5 years

You can also limit your search by checking a box under Evidence-Based Practice, or by choosing a specific publication type (Case StudyResearch, etc.).

Tips for finding evidence-based research articles written by a nurse within the last 5 years:

  • Use the Advanced search feature
  • Enter "this study""case study", or "pilot study" (including quotation marks) in one of the search boxes
  • Enter RN in one of the search boxes and change Anywhere to Author --- AU
  • Check the box next to Peer reviewed
  • Specify a date range that encompasses the last 5 years
  • Use the Advanced Search feature
  • Limit by Methodology (e.g., clinical case study, treatment outcome/clinical trial, etc.)

Because full-text may not be freely available in these databases, students, faculty and staff who need an article may request a copy using our interlibrary loan service, ILLiad.

  • Add nursing credentials (e.g., RN) to your search as a keyword.  In the citation, click on the +Author Information link to possibly view credentials for verification.
  • Search by affiliation [ad]:  nursing, RN, etc.
  • Use the limit options to filter citations for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, and guidelines.
  • Filter results by Article type (clinical trial, randomized controlled trial, etc.)
  • Choose see additional filters, select journal categories, then choose nursing journals
  • Use Advanced search to narrow your topic further. e.g. find an article with your keywords in a Title/Abstract (All Fields) 
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