Nursing Research Guide Orientation

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This tutorial will show you how to navigate and use DePaul Library's Nursing Research Guide--a great place to work from when conducting research and looking for different types of nursing or health-related information.

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

1. Use the guide to access nursing research tools, tips & resources.

2. Understand how to find different types of resources in different sections of the guide, according to your current research purposes and information needs.

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navigating the tutorial


Navigating the tutorial

1. This tutorial has two frames. Use this frame (on the left of your screen) to read the tutorial content and view the tasks you are expected to perform.

2. Use the frame to the right (which currently displays the Library Home Page) to complete the tasks. Note that the frame on the right is a live browser session that you control.

3. Before clicking on the arrow to move forward, open the YOUR TASK section, which directs you to click on a specific link in the Nursing Research Guide that will allow you to open and use a particular research resource.

4. For each of the YOUR TASK sections, your browser may open a new tab or window. After you have completed the task, be sure to return to the browser tab or window containing this tutorial in order to continue.

5. At the end of the tutorial, you will complete a short quiz to reinforce the main concepts presented in this tutorial.

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Accessing the Guide

We will begin the tutorial at the library home page:

That's a useful address to remember if you can!

Starting from the library home page, there are several ways to access the Nursing Research Guide.

Your Task

Using the library website search box located at the top right of the library home page, search the word "nursing" then select the search result "Nursing Research Guide." 

That's usually the quickest way to open the guide!

Your Task

From the library home page, click on the link marked "Research Guides" located near the lower left corner of the website.

Notice that besides the subject category of 'nursing,'  there are separate links to other subject areas that you're likely to encounter during your nursing studies.

On this same page, click on the link marked "Nursing," then in the expanded list provided, click on the link to the "Nursing Research Guide."

Now you're in the Nursing Research Guide--Welcome!

Let's see how it's arranged...

The left-hand menu provides access to different sections of the guide.

You are currently in the first section of the guide, containing a shortlist of "Key Resources" (mostly databases) that you’re likely to use most frequently.

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Getting Help

Your Task

Click on the 'Getting Help' menu option.

Here you can find different ways to get help with your nursing research.

This page provides contact information and introduces you to the Nursing Librarian, Chris Parker.

Your Task

Click on the Nursing Librarian's short video introduction.

While Chris is happy to help when he's available, you can also direct your questions to any/all our professional librarians, using our "Ask A Librarian" service options.

Your Task

Click on the link marked Ask A Librarian to see help options via IM Chat, email or phone.

Also on this page, notice the link marked "How To" Library Research Tutorials. These quick tutorials demonstrate how to perform different practical tasks and activities associated with your library research.

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News & Issues

Your Task

Click on the 'News & Issues' menu option.

Here you will see a range of sources you can use to help you identify and choose a nursing-related research topic.

Potential sources of inspiration include the ‘news’ websites of nursing organizations and publishers that are linked from this page. 

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Background Information

Your  Task

Click on the 'Background Information' menu option.

Here you can access a range of health-related encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks.

Resources like "Sage Knowledge" can be especially helpful when you’re starting out on a new topic, for exploring options to develop or narrow an existing topic, and for understanding your topic within a wider context.

You’ll find that Background Information sources are also helpful for identifying keywords you can use to search databases--including the specialized terms used by scholars & other experts.

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PICO Search Strategy

Your Task

Click on the 'PICO Search Strategy' menu option. 

This handy mnemonic is used extensively in health-related research. It acts as a prompt and checklist for identifying and developing the different components of a research question.

When you’re looking for ways to define or focus your research topic, you can use PICO in conjunction with the Background Information sources we looked at earlier.

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Books & e-Books

Books and book chapters are another great way to get background information, overviews and explanations on your topic.

Your Task

Click on the 'Books & eBooks' menu option.

Here you can see various options for accessing books in either print or electronic format (ebooks).

Most of DePaul’s nursing and health-related books can be accessed in electronic format (as “eBooks”) through the library catalog. Other useful sources of e-books are linked from this page.

Note that you can also search and request books (only in print format though) through the “I-Share Libraries” system of ~ 80 Illinois academic libraries.

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Finding Articles

Your Task

Click on the 'Articles' menu option, then scroll down the list of research databases you can search for articles.

There are quite a few! To help you choose, read the descriptions provided, and use those that suit your current research purpose and information needs.

Still unsure which databases to use? Ask a Librarian!

Notice the separate lists of databases covering ‘applied’ aspects of health care, and also those that specifically provide ‘evidence-based practice’ information.

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Nursing Instruments

Your Task

Click on the 'Nursing Instruments' menu option.

Here you can access the most useful resources for finding research instruments (surveys, questionnaires, rating scales) and articles involving their development, utilization, or validation.

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Finding Data & Statistics

Your Task

Click on the 'Data & Statistics' menu option.

Here you can access a wide range of data/statistical information sources.

Sources are arranged by geographical scope.

Take note of the guidance provided to avoid some of the common mistakes and misconceptions about the availability and scope of data that might apply to your chosen research topic.

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Finding Drug information

Your Task

Click on the 'Drug Information' menu option.

Here you can access quick and convenient source of facts, help and guidance on various aspects of drugs, including:

  • pharmaceutical mathematics/dosage calculations
  • pharmacology
  • drug administration
  • drug interactions

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Accessing Nursing Training Videos

Your Task

Click on the 'Nursing Videos' menu option.

Here you can access links to nursing skills training video resources.

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Nursing Image Sources

Your Task

Click on the 'Nursing Images' menu option

Here you can access image collections you can use to illustrate or better understand a health-related concept or phenomenon (use these resources in combination with the 'Background Information Sources' you saw earlier in this tutorial).

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Gettting Help with Citing & Citations

Your Task

Click on the ‘Citing & Citations’ menu option.

See how you can get help and guidance on all aspects of citing, citations, and related style guides.

Note that you can get additional help with citing and citations through either the 'Ask a Librarian' service, or the 'University Center for Writing-Based Learning.'

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Nursing Organizations

Your Task

Click on the 'Nursing Organizations' menu option.

Use these links when you need to explore professional nursing news and issues; find or share advice; identify opportunities for professional development and networking; or looking for career information.

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Nursing Education Information

Your Task

Click on the 'Nursing Education' menu option.

Here you can access information sources relating to nursing instruction and education, including recently-published books that have been added to DePaul's collection.

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Publishing & Scholarship Resources & Guidance

Your Task

Click the 'Publishing & Scholarship' menu option.

Here you can use resources and guides relating to academic writing and publishing in nursing.

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Comments & Feedback on the Nursing Research Guide

That concludes your 'Orientation to the Nursing Research Guide.'

If you run into any problems using the guide or can't find what you're looking for, don't hesitate to let us know by using one of the contact options provided in the "Getting Help" section of this guide.

Now that you've finished the tutorial, please proceed to the next page to complete a quick quiz to check that you’ve understood the key points.

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Qu. 1)  What is the web address for the DePaul library website?


Qu. 2)  Which of the following is NOT true about the Nursing Research Guide?


Qu. 3)  Which of the following tools is best for finding articles published in the nursing research literature?


Qu. 4)  What's the best way to get help from the library when you need help identifying a topic for your nursing research paper?

Qu. 5)  Which of the following would be the most productive source of scholarly research articles on bloodborne pathogen exposure in nursing practice?

Qu. 6)  Which of the following is the best way to go for finding quick & reliable background information on a particular disease or condition?

Qu. 7)  Which of the following would be a reason NOT to use the “Background Information” sources listed in the Nursing Research Guide (e.g. medical encyclopedias, dictionaries, glossaries and handbooks)?

Qu. 8)  What's the next best thing to do when you can't find any available books on your topic in the DePaul Library catalog?

Qu. 9)  You’re feeling a little ‘rusty’ about a particular nursing procedure.  Which of these would be the best source of training materials to help you brush up a little on your practical skills?

Qu. 10)  You’re getting anxious about your upcoming pharmacology exam and need some sources to help you brush up on the basics. Which of these would be MOST helpful?

Congratulations—you’ve completed your quiz.

Please let us know what you think about the tutorial by clicking on the feedback link.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the Nursing Research Guide, use the contact information posted on the “Getting Help” page of the Guide.

Good Luck with your studies & research!


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