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NUR 3200 - Health, Wellness, and Diversity Within Families: Nursing Articles (Tools & Tips)

Librarian-recommended resources to help you with your assignments for NUR 3200.

Articles: best databases to use for healthcare articles

Click on a database name to search it.

CINAHL Subject Headings may help you to focus your search on a particular health condition.  If you need a refresher about how to use CINAHL Headings, watch this video.

Professional/Peer-Reviewed Nursing Journals

Use CINAHL (The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) to find an articles from peer-reviewed nursing journals.  (Use the link in the box above or through the library Databases list).

Risk factors and protective factors / health factors as search terms


Searching for a health condition and the term risk or risk factors will often work well in CINAHL it is a descriptive term (subheading) often used in the database to narrow a subject search


Hypertension and risk

Hypertension and “risk factors”


On the other hand, the term protective factors as not as common in the healthcare databases, so if you use search on a particular health condition and the phrase “protective factors”, you will get fewer results, and the results you do get may not be as relevant because it is not part of the indexing terminology of the database so the author would have to have used that exact phrase in the appropriate context.


Hypertension and “protective factors” or hypertension and "health factors" probably will not retrieve many useful results  especially if you are limiting your results to results from nursing journals, as described below.  Adding limiters reduces the number of results you have to choose from.


To search for literature on protective factors or health factors, you will more relevant articles if you determine what the protective factors or health factors are for that condition and run a search on it.  For example, you might search for:


Hypertension and (physical activity or exercise)


You might also search your health condition as a subject along with the subheading “prevention and control”.  Ask your librarian for help with this.


(MH "Hypertension/PC")


After you have searched and have a list of results to choose from, check the peer-reviewed limit to the left of your search results. Add nursing to the last line of your search to and use the drop down to the right to select journal subset as shown in Figure 1 (--or just type in SB nursing on the last line and leave the drop down at the default).  You can also limit to English language to the left of your results. Scroll down until you see the word “Language” and check the box for “English”).

If you have trouble applying the limiter in the search blanks, another way to apply the Journal Subset limiter is through the "Show More" menu under the year slider on the left. Under the Journal Subset menu, select Nursing.

Figure 1

CINAHL topic search limited to peer-reviewed with a search to limit to the nursing journal subset on the second line

Need Articles with a Broader Perspective? - Try Review Articles

In some cases, research articles may focus on a population that does not have the same ethnicity as that of your family.  This does not necessarily mean the research is not relevant to your family, but you have the option to search for articles that provide a broader overview or perspective.

Review articles do not present original research on a particular population.  Instead, they tend to provide often provide a broader overview of a topic.  To limit to review articles in CINAHL, click the “show more” option under the year slider to the left of your search results, shown in Figure 2 below.

Figure 2 

CINAHL search on heart disease risk limiting to nursing journal subset and peer-reviewed.  Location of the "Show More" limiter option is highlighted.

In the resulting pop-up box, choose “Review” from the drop down menu labelled “Publication type”, then click the “search” button to apply the limiter, as shown in Figure 3 below.

steps for limiting to review articles in CINAHL

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