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NURS.6000: Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

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Types of Health Articles

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Understanding and Using Search Strategies

Searching any database can be more effective by understanding and using a few basic search strategies. Databases vary in the way you have to type in these strategies, so be sure to either check out the database help screens or ask a reference librarian.

  • Know the difference between subject vs. keyword searching.
  • Know what truncation is and how to use it to expand your search.
  • Know how to use  AND, OR, NOT to increase, decrease or have more precise results.
  • Know how to use the advanced search options to group similar search terms.
  • Know how to do field specific searching to make your search more precise.

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