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Search Strategies for Nursing

This guide will show you different ways to search to find the most relevant results.



Click on the tabs on the left side of your screen to work through the steps of conducting a database search.  Contact your librarian if you need further assistance.

Information Literacy



Information literacy is a set of abilities allowing individuals to “recognize when information is needed and how to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (American Library Association, 1989). Information literacy content focuses on the process of finding, analyzing and making decisions based on this information that is the foundation for evidence-based practice.


American Library Association. (1989). Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. Chicago: American Library Association. 

Association of College and Research Libraries: Introduction to Information Literacy
Nursing Resources: A Self-Paced Tutorial and Refresher From the Bobst Library at New York University. This tutorial includes the basics on literature searching, formulating search strategies, information on identifying sources for evidence-based practice, and searching on the Web.


(From the National League of Nursing, 2019)