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Literature Searching: Nursing Administration. Min-Lin Fang, MLIS Education and Information Consultant for Nursing and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Objectives. At the end of lecture, you will be able to Find an article quickly Develop search strategies and conduct efficient PubMed searches

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Literature searching nursing administration

Literature Searching: Nursing Administration

Min-Lin Fang, MLIS

Education and Information Consultant for Nursing and Social and Behavioral Sciences


At the end of lecture, you will be able to

  • Find an article quickly

  • Develop search strategies and conduct efficient PubMed searches

  • Select appropriate databases

  • Identify MeSH(s) and use MeSH(s) to run PubMed searches

  • Use subheadings, major concepts and limit options to refine searches

  • Save searches and set up an automatic updates

  • Conduct simple searches in CINAHL, PsycINFO, SocAbstracts

Online tutorials
Online Tutorials

  • PubMed Search Guide (NLM)

  • Literature Searching Guide for Nursing Students (Fang)

  • CSA PsycINFO, SocAbstracts online tutorials

  • CINAHL, Basic and Advanced

Pubmed @ucsf

Special URL:


Links to UCSF full text journals

Check whether UCSF owns a journal

Check all UC libraries collection using Melvyl

Request articles not owned by UCSF from other UC campuses

Copy and Paste citations

Online Help:UC-eLinks QuickGuide

PubMed @UCSF

Quick way to find an article in pubmed 1
Quick Way to Find an Article in PubMed - 1

  • Enter the PMID number.

    Reed PG.The dialogue within nursing theory-guided practice: a frontier of knowledge and development.

    Nurs Sci Q. 2006 Oct;19(4):328-9.

    PMID: 17034071 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


  • UptoDate

  • [email protected] (PubMed online tutorial by NLM)

  • CINAHL (Basics, Advanced Search tutorial)

  • PsycINFO (CSA) (Quick Guide)

  • SocAbstracts (CSA)

  • PAIS

  • Web of Science (Find who has cited these articles, when you retrieved few citations from other databases.)

  • Management & Organization Studies: A SAGE Full-Text Collection 

  • Medical Economics: [email protected], CINAHL, Business Source Premier, EconLit

  • NOTE: Nursing Subject Guide:

Management organization studies a sage full text collection
Management & Organization Studies: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

  • 1947-Current Browse Full Text

  • Organizations studies, management, business, human resource, marketing, public policy, public administration, industrial relations

Developing search strategies
Developing Search Strategies

  • Formulate a question.

  • Break your question into multiple concepts.

  • Locate the appropriate MeSH (indexed term) for each concept.

  • Run the search using AND, OR, NOT

  • Apply limit options (date, language, age, publication type, gender), major headings and subheadings

  • Modify your search strategies and rerun your search.

Boolean operators upper case
Boolean Operators (upper case)

  • AND

    Combine different concepts to narrow your search.

    aged AND women  aged women

  • OR

    Broaden your search to include similar concepts.

    HIV OR AIDS  AIDS patients

  • NOT

    Exclude a concept

    AIDS NOT hearing aids  AIDS patients

Why use mesh indexed term
Why Use MeSH (Indexed Term)?

  • MeSH terms (indexed terms) are an efficient way to find articles on “concepts” where authors may use different words to discuss the same ideas.

  • Using MeSH improves precision and accuracy of subject searching.

  • Keyword search (title, MeSH, abstract) may not retrieve relevant articles.

    Example: physical therapy

    “Storytelling as therapy: implications for medicine.”

    Abstract: Storytelling is an art developed during the beginning of human history, probably to teach the wisdom of generations past, including basic mental and physical health principles…

When to use keyword search
When to use Keyword search?

  • New studies not yet indexed

    e.g. PubMed – in process

    PubMed – as supplied by publisher

    Do a keyword search and limit search results for the past one year.

    search sample: Obesity policy

Locating mesh
Locating MeSH

  • Do a keyword search. Click on “Details” to see the assigned MeSH.


  • Do a title word search e.g. nursing theory [ti]

    Display citations in Citation format to locate MeSH


  • Search the MeSH database

    • Scope Note

    • Subheadings

    • Major Topics

    • Explode

Myncbi save search updates
MyNCBI (Save Search, Updates)

  • Create a free MyNCBI account

  • Save search strategies

  • Set user preferences – highlight search words in your retrieval.

Search exercises
Search Exercises

  • 1. Nurses’ job satisfaction

  • 2. Nursing recruitment/retention

  • 3. Patient safety

  • 4. Prevention of burnout among nurses aids who work in long term care setting

  • 5. Health care access for Asian


Managing citations
Managing Citations

APA Style

  • APA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue Univ.)

  • APA Style Tips (APA)

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 5th ed. (Reference book, Library, MB, SFGH) BF76.7 .A46 2001


  • a FREE web-Based citation management tool

  • Check the class schedule and reserve a space for the RefWorks class.

  • EndNote vs RefWorks


  • Class evaluation

  • Getting Started

  • Library Tours

  • QuickSearch (beta)

  • Personal Consultation:

    Contact Min-Lin Fang for personal consultation.

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 415-476-3397