Have a topic for a paper? Start with a database.
Databases contain citations, abstracts, and often links to full text articles published in a range of journals.
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Have a citation for an article? Looking for a specific journal? Use the Journal/eBook Finder:
How Do I...
- Get started?
- Find the full text of an article I found in a database?
- Order an article SMU doesn't have?
- Find instructions on searching databases?
- Learn the differences between PubMed and Medline, PubMed Central, and CINAHL?
- Find out what a peer reviewed journal is?
- Find peer reviewed articles?
- Cite my sources?
- Access SMU databases off campus?
- Get help from a librarian?
PubMed is much larger than CINAHL. Because most journals indexed in PubMed are peer reviewed, limiting your search to peer reviewed articles is not an option. However, with a little extra research, you can confirm that the journal the article appears in is peer reviewed.
1. Perform a search.
2. On the results page, click the "Limits" link below the search box.
3. In the Limits window, go to the "Dates" section, click the "Published in the Last" drop-down menu, and select how recently you want the articles to have been published.
4. Scroll down to the "Subsets" section and click checkbox next to "Nursing journals."
5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Search" button.
6. The limits you selected will be applied to your search. Your new results list will consist of articles published in nursing journals during the time period you specified. Note that the authors may or may not be nurses, but you can usually find out whether they are by doing a web search on the their name and institutional affiliation and looking for their bio.
7. You can usually confirm that the journal is peer reviewed by doing a web search on the journal title and looking at the journal's website.
Databases are an excellent resource for locating journal articles, reports and other information for your research topic. Below is a list of online databases and resources recommended by or subscribed to by the SMU Library. Tutorials and other guides are also included in this list.
For more information on database selection and searching, consult your librarians or the following guides:
The library provides access to several collections of electronic books (ebooks) which can be viewed using any web browser. While all of these ebooks are accessible on campus to everyone, most of them are available off-campus only to currently enrolled SMU students, staff, faculty, clinical faculty, and faculty emeritus. Off-campus access is gained by entering your SMU email name and password when prompted.