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Nursing & Midwifery: Databases

Databases for Nursing and Midwifery

Below are some key databases most relevant to nurses and midwives.

Grey Literature

Grey literature is material that is created outside of academic or commercial channels . Some useful sources of grey literature are listed below, although this is not an exhaustive list.

Quick Guide to Using Databases

Before you begin to search the databases, it is important that you develop a well-planned comprehensive search strategy.

Break your search/topic into 2 or 3 key concepts.

Think of alternative keywords and synonyms for each concept including spelling variations.

For databases such as CINAHL and Medline, enter each search term one at a time.  If the term is available as a subject heading (blue, highlighted and underlined) select it.  If not, select the term as a keyword found at the bottom of the page.

Use Boolean operators (AND & OR) to connect search terms together.

OR is used to combine the similar keywords.  It tells the database that any one of the search terms can be present in the results.  It broadens your results.

AND is used to combine the key concepts.  It tells the database to retrieve results that contain all the search terms.  It narrows your results.

 

Example:

What are nurse's experiences of providing end of life care to children

 

Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Nurses

End of life

Children

OR

OR

OR

Nursing staff

Terminal care

Child

OR

AND

OR

AND

OR

Paediatric nurses

Palliative care

Paediatric

OR

OR

OR

Pediatric nurses

Hospice care

Pediatric

 

Limits such as date range and English language can be used to narrow your results.  Searches can be saved, you just need to set up an account within the database.

To watch a short video on how to use CINAHL and Medline click on the database videos tab on top of this page.  If you require further help on using the databases or carrying out a literature search please get in touch.