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

NURS4223: Professional Nursing Trends

Article Access

You will be doing at least 2 searches in the nursing database, CINAHL.

  • First, you will use the Basic Search Tips and Limiting Based on Date sections below to find out what trends exist in your field.
  • Next, you will use the Next Step Search Tips and Limiting Based on Date sections below find articles specific to your narrow topic.

CINAHL

You can use the link above to access CINAHL.

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

  • Go to library.uta.edu
  • Select Databases A-Z (upper left corner)
  • Narrow the Subject to Nursing
  • Select CINAHL
  • 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. 

Example

  Critical Care or Intensive care unit or ICU

3) Put your terms from Step One in one search box and your terms from Step Two into another search box.  You may also want to put Nurse in the third search box.

SKIM through the results, looking for topics that sound interesting.  When you find an article that looks interesting or promising, look at the words used to describe it.  These will help you come up with the search terms to use for your NEXT CINAHL search.

The main search screen in CINAHL lets you focus your search to specific dates:

If you've already hit the search button, you can also narrow the date on the search results page.  Find the Publication Date range under Limit To and enter the earliest year you are looking for.

1) Select the major terms used to describe your topic

  • Use your starter search to find additional terms.  You can also use Google, your textbook, or brainstorming to think of other ways to describe your topic.
  • 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

   Wound care or dressings or bandages

2) Include your major topic, including the synonyms you've come up with for your topic. 

Example

Economics or finances or cost or "supply and demand"

3) Put your terms from Step One in one search box and your terms from Step Two into another search box.  You may also want to put your specific field of interest (such as Critical Care) or the term Nursing into the third box.

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