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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Help Guide
The following is a description of how to search for articles in Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition via EBSCO.
Access our printable handout for sample screen images that correspond with the explanation.
Here is how to search in Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition for an article:
- Enter in the text entry box/es the keywords of your topic. Try to include only one word or two word phrases in each box.
- Narrow your search by choosing to search by author, subject terms, or other options by using the drop down menu next to each text entry box. If you do not pick an option, you are performing a general keyword search. In other words, the database will look for your terms in any part of the article record.
- Click on the select box for "Full Text" under "Limit your results" to find only articles that appear in their entirety in this database.
- Click on the select box for "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" under "Limit your results" to find only articles from scholarly (research) journals.
- In addition to searching for articles, you can click on "Medical Dictionary" at the top of the page to look up medical terms.
Once you have entered the search information listed above and hit the "Search" button, the following information and options will appear:
- Results appear in reverse chronological order (most recent first). You can change it to sort by relevancy ranking by clicking on "Date Descending Sort" directly above the title list and choosing "Relevance" from the drop down menu.
- To see one of the articles listed in your search results, click on the title of the article.
- On the left hand side, you can further refine your search in the following manner:
• Marking the select box for "Full Text" and "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals."
• Entering the beginning and ending dates in order to limit your articles to ones published during the entered range.
• Marking the select box for one of the subjects listed under "Subject: Thesaurus Term."
Once you click on an article title, the following options and information for the article record appear:
- The "Abstract" provides a short summary of the article.
- If you click on one of the "Subject Terms" listed, you can find more articles about the subject selected.
- If you click on "Full Text" on the left side of the screen, you can see the whole article, including images and graphs.
- You can either print or e-mail the article to yourself by clicking "Print" or "E-mail" on the right side of the screen.
- Clicking "Cite" on the right hand side of the screen will cite the article in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian style.
General Tips for Searching
- Truncate your terms with an asterisk (*) to find more results. For example, type comput* to find the words computer or computing.
- Search for exact phrases with quotation marks (“”).
- Use just a few key words in your search. The database will not look for common ‘stop words’ like: been, however, so, or, in, etc.
- Check the “Subject Terms” at the top of the search screen to find the best words to use in this database.
- When a singular word is searched, the plural and possessive forms of that word will also be searched as long as you do not put your search term in quotation marks (“”). For example, a search for the phrase alley cat could also search for all of the following: alley cat, alley cat's, alley cats, alley's cat, alley's cat's, alley's cats, alleys cat, etc.
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