This guide presents the techniques that can help you locate articles discussing trends in nursing.

NURS4223: Professional Nursing Trends

Why Advanced Databases?

You will probably be able to complete this assignment using the nursing database CINAHL.  However, if you are researching a very advanced topic or are having problems finding current information in CINAHL, these databases may help you find more articles.


You can use the link above to access PubMed.

You can also access PubMed through the library's web page:

  • Go to
  • Select Databases A-Z (upper left corner)
  • Narrow the Subject to Nursing
  • Select PubMed
  • You will be asked to log in using your UTA NetID and password

1) Select the major terms used to describe your topic

  • Find synonyms for your major topic by Googling the term or thinking of other ways to describe what you hope to find.
  • Use the term OR in between terms to broaden your search and get more results, or to look for terms that have lots of synonyms
  • Example

    Economics or finances or cost or "supply and demand"

2) Include your specific topic (if you have one), your clinical area of interest (if you have one).  Again, think of synonyms. 


  Critical Care or Intensive care unit or ICU

PubMed's main search screen gives on search box.  Group your terms together in parentheses and separate the groups with the word AND.

PubMed allows you to search for specific topics based on their subject headings, specific terms used to describe entire articles, by finding the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) used.

  • When selecting a term to search, think of broad terms, such as the specialty you are interested in (Example 1, below)
  • You can also use MeSH's hierarchy to determine broader or narrower topics that may interest you (Example 2, below)
  • When you've found a MeSH term that interests you, select the subheading of Trends (Example 3, below).  
  • Click add to search builder, then Search PubMed.
  • This will allow you to search for articles that are specifically about trends in your selected field.

To focus your search in PubMed to a date range, you can select the Publication Dates limit.  You have the option to select a Custom range:

You can limit your search to specific journal types (such as nursing journals) if you are doing a broader search and want to focus your search.

  • Select Show Additional Filters
  • Select Journal Categories
  • Click Show
  • Select Nursing journals

Google Scholar

Suppose you find an article that has a topic you are interested in, but it's too old and you want to find out if more research has been done to make sure your topic is really still current.

You can use Google Scholar to find out who else has cited the article you've found--this typically means they've added to the information from your original article.

1. Take the article title from the article you've found (Copy: Right-click your mouse and select Copy.  You can also hit Ctrl-C or Command-C)

2. Go to

3. Paste the article title into the search box (Paste: Right-click your mouse and select Paste.  You can also hit Ctrl-V or Command-V). Hit Search. 

4. Select the Cited By link to see the articles that Google has found that cite this article.