Searching PubMed and Health Source: Nursing
We’re looking for articles in nursing periodicals about children, published by a publisher within the United States or for a United States nursing organization, within the past five years.
Remember that Full-Text Periodicals: E & Print (under the link to Databases A-Z) will tell you where a particular periodical can be found in full text. If your title isn’t available in a different database or in print in Rothrock Library, you can request it by completing an Interlibrary Loan form.)
1. On the opening screen, click on Advanced. It’s under the search box.
2. In the Builder, change the first field box to MeSH Major Terms.
3. Enter your topic in the box next to it (e.g., bonding). (If you get poor results with this search, rerun it and select MeSH Terms instead of MeSH Major Terms.)
4. Enter this in the box under it: United States or America*
(Do not change the fields box.)
(The * truncation symbol immediately after American will also search for American and Americans.)
6. On the left of the screen, click on:
o Text Availability - Free full text available
(Optional. You might want to save this one for last, just in case you don’t get a lot of results for your topic. If you don’t, you’ll at least have the citations and maybe abstracts for articles that you can find through Full-Text Periodicals: E & Print or via Interlibrary Loan.)
o Publication dates – 5 years
o Languages – English
7. Click on Show additional filters and select:
o Journal categories – Nursing journals
o Ages – Child: birth to 18 years
8. To obtain the free full-text, click on the article’s title and then on “free full text” or “open access” in the upper right, just under the gray area.
9. Not every periodical will be a nursing periodical or published in the United States (or from a nursing organization within the United States.) Evaluate carefully.
Health Source: Nursing
1. On the opening screen, click on Advanced Search. It’s under the search box.
2. Enter this in the first search box: children or toddlers
3. Change the fields menu next to it to this: SU Subject Terms
4. In the second search box, enter a term to focus your results to something specific (e.g., bonding).
5. Enter this in the third search box: nurs*
6. Click on Add Row and enter this in the new search box: United States or America*
7. Do not change any fields menus other than the first one.
9. On the left, change the Date Published to 2007 to present.
10. Change the Source Types to Academic Journals and Trade Publications.
11. Do not limit to Full Text unless you have many results. If an article isn’t full text here, you can use Full-Text Periodicals: E & Print to learn if it’s full-text somewhere else in the library’s collection or you can submit an Interlibary Loan form for it.
12. Not every periodical will be a nursing periodical or published in the United States (or from a nursing organization within the United States.) Evaluate carefully.