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Advanced Health Sciences Research: Nurse Authored Articles

This guide is designed to assist Nursing and Health Sciences students with research projects.

Introduction

You may be required to retrieve articles authored by a nurse for your research - depending on the database you are using, you can limit your search by author qualification.

Tips for Finding Nurse Authored Articles

  1. Click "Advanced Search" (below the search fields) to open the advanced search options menu, and select "Any author is Nurse."
    Note:this often creates a search with very limited search results - try the suggestions below if results aren't suitable.


 

  1. Enter nurs* in a search field and change the search field option to "AF Author Affiliation.
    The asterisk (*) acts as a 'wildcard' and enables a broad search for words such as "nurse," "nurses," "nursing," etc. The AF Author Affiliation search limiter looks for the "nurs*" term in an author's job title or institutional affiliation (such as the nursing faculty at a university).


     
  2. For a broad search for articles with a nursing perspective or focused on the nursing profession, add "nurs*" as a keyword. 
    The asterisk (*) acts as a 'wildcard' and enables a broad search for words such as "nurse," "nurses," "nursing," etc. Adding this term to your search can help retrieve articles that may not be written by nurses, but those published in nursing or other healthcare journals or with a nursing focus.


     
  1. When conducting a search, enter RN, RPN, PN, or other nursing credentials as a keyword. Check results carefully to ensure that the author is a nurse (see below). 

    Read carefully! Look at article bylines or author biographies (often on the first or last page of an article) for RN (Registered Nurse), RPN (Registered Practical Nurse), or other professional credentials. If a credential is unfamiliar (i.e., ARNP = Advanced Registered Nurse Practicioner) try a google search to determine nursing qualifications.


     
  2. For a broad search for articles with a nursing perspective or focused on the nursing profession, add "nurs*" as a keyword. 
    The asterisk (*) acts as a 'wildcard' and enables a broad search for words such as "nurse," "nurses," "nursing," etc. Adding this term to your search can help retrieve articles that may not be written by nurses, but those that are published in nursing or other healthcare journals or have a nursing focus.

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