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Nursing Resources: Science Direct searching guide

Science Direct searching guide

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Science Direct is a research database that indexes many medical, nursing, nutrition, and health sciences journals, and allows you to search by keyword for articles on your research topic. Science Direct also provides the full articles for many journals.

Tips for searching Science Direct:

 Science Direct can be accessed on the library website under Databases A-Z or under Subject Guides choose Nursing. When accessing from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your name (firstname lastname) and your library barcode (the longer number on your student ID card) . If you do not know your library barcode, please call the Circulation Desk at 401-341-2291.

      • When asked which school you are affiliated with, choose Salve.

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    • When you first access Science Direct through the library webpage, you will see the basic search page. For easier searching, click on the Advanced Search link next to the search box.

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    • The Science Direct Advanced Search page will allow you to enter multiple keywords to search for articles by topic. Think about the main topic of your research question, then pull out the main keywords for that topic and enter ONE keyword in each search box. (For example, do not enter Does helmet use reduce head injury but instead enter head injuries in the top search box and helmets in the second search box.) Choose AND, OR, NOT in drop-down menus to connect keywords. In most cases, you will want to search for 2 or more keywords using AND. Then click search.

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  • To view the full article, click on the PDF link.

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