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Norwich University Kreitzberg Library

NR104 - Focus on Nursing

Guidance for students in NR104 to complete literature research for your papers using advanced features in CINAHL.

How Library Search Boxes Behave

My topic for today is going to be: How do cost containment efforts affect nursing practice?

If I plug that into Google…it will look for all of those words and spit me thousands of websites of varying helpfulness. With library search boxes, if I do the same thing….nothing or very few results!

no results match your search message

This is because library searches do not understand natural language and look for all of the words I put in the search box.

Identify & Brainstorm Keywords

To search most effectively in the library, start by identifying keywords associated with your topic. 

  • Start by identifying the key concepts already present: cost containment, nursing practice.
  • Then identify synonymous terms: cost savings, cost control, cost reduction, nursing, nurses
  • Also think about broader and more specific terms: economics, budgets, emergency room nurses, staffing

Keywords are also important because authors writing about things might not necessarily use the same words you would to describe something. This process can be helpful in thinking about how you might narrow down a topic that is too big to research or broaden one that is too narrow.

If you are having trouble, doing a Google search or reading Wikipedia entries can actually be very helpful in identifying other words you can use to search.

Search the Kreitzberg Library Box

Our library is filled with books in the physical building, as well as twice as many eBooks. We also have over 100 research databases containing everything from articles in scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers to streaming video. This shakes out to more than 55,000 periodicals available online.

The Search the Kreitzberg Library box on the library homepage and below, searches all of our books and eBooks, as well as a 25 of our research databases. It is a great place to get started and find books and eBooks, as well as get a general feel for what articles may be available, but it should not be your only stop if you need to find articles in nursing journals.