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Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner: Research Databases

How to Search

Search by keywords and small phrases.

Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching:

    internet AND teenagers all words must appear in the result list
    teenagers OR adolescents
    either word may appear in the results.
    Obama NOT Barack
    must have Obama, but excludes items with Barack
    Note:  some databases use "and not" rather than "not"
     Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases. 

    Use the database’s "help" feature to find the syntax for advanced searches. This varies by database

    Consider truncation. The asterisk (*) symbol is used most often

    adolescen* will search for all forms of the root, adolesence, adolescent, adolescents 

    Try using database Subject or descriptor terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract. These can be useful for learning the preferred vocabulary of a discipline.

    Complete List of Databases (Multi-Discipline)

    Key Databases

    Other Databases Worth Considering

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