Accessing Library Databases
Go to the SRC Library webpage and select Databases A-Z, or visit the Resources tab above to find direct links to databases that coincide with Nursing and Health Sciences.
*Access is available to students on all campuses on and off campus with your library card number found on the back of your student ID card. When prompted for this number, be sure to use a capital 'D' and your digits with no spaces in between (example: D8692xxxxx).*
The following tabs will give you strategies on how to search for materials in the library databases.
Terminology searching focuses on the words that you use when conducting a search.
The most common type of search is a keyword search. This is when you type a word into the search box and click "Search" without adding any additional information, that is a keyword search. For example: flu
Phrase searching is similar to keyword searching, but instead of searching for one word, you're searching for a phrase. Phrases are surrounded by quotation marks to keep the words of the phrase together, otherwise the search interface will usually search for the words separately, anywhere, not necessarily together. For example, searching for "walking pneumonia" -including the quotations marks- will search for the phrase together instead of the word walking in one location and pneumonia in another location.
Proximity searching enables you to search for two or more words that occur close to one another in a database.The number in the search phrase tells the search interface how many words away from each other the search terms can be. This allows a limited number of other words to be placed between the search terms, providing more possibilities for search retrieval within a limited scope.
Near operators, usually using the letter N, search for words in any order. For example,
Within operators, usually using the letter W, search for words in the order you place them. For example,
Here’s the order of terminology search types based on restrictions placed upon the search.
Boolean operators define the relationship between search terms. When you use a Boolean search, keywords are combined by the operators AND, OR, and NOT. You can use these operators in the database search interface to create a very broad or very narrow search.
Below are a few diagrams illustrating how Boolean operators limit or expand searches.
Wildcard searching replaces the wildcard character with any other character or characters, or sometimes no characters. Common wildcard characters include the asterisk (*), pound sign or hashtag (#), or question mark (?). Some databases accept multiple wildcard characters. Others only accept one or two. Be sure to check the database's "Help" page to find out this information.
Truncation searching is a specific type of wildcard search that replaces the wildcard character with any other character or series of characters at the end of the word. Truncation characters are almost always asterisks (*).
Field terms are words or phrases located in an item's record according to a specific type, or field. To search according to field term, select the field from the drop-down menu next to the search box.
These are the main field search limiters that will appear in most search systems. Many databases will have additional field terms, such as geographic locations or other numeric codes. Explore the drop-down menus to find out what’s available.
If you find that you are running into unfamiliar concepts or vocabulary while researching. Try using the Credo Reference database to provide background information on your topic.