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Nursing Research: Articles and Systematic Reviews

This guide will help students in Nursing Research find resources for their research needs.

Nursing Research Articles

Where to Find Nursing Research Articles
Use CINAHL Plus with Full Text. It is easy to limit your search, has many full-text articles and is nursing focused. 

You can use Google or Google Scholar, but it will take more time to limit your search and find full text articles. Tips on searching Google.  


In CINAHL Plus with Full Text...

Limit to Nursing Research
Use Advanced Search. Limit to Research Articles.
Use these terms if needed: 

conceptual framework
nursing research
nursing theory

Also, maybe limit to peer reviewed

Limit to Nursing Journals 
Use the limit, Journal Subset and select Core Nursing or Nursing journals. 

Limit to Recent Articles
Your professor wants you to find recent articles written in the past five years. Use the sliding date selector (left side of screen) to select article dates. 

Limit to Articles Written by a Nurse
Look at the title/abstract or full article for author information/affiliation; there's a new limiter, any author a nurse, but it only works for the most recent articles in CINAHL.

Find Full-Text Articles
Click on the .pdf or .html links below the citations. OR, click on More Full Text Options.

No full Text?
Interlibrary Loan - give yourself up to 5 days to get the articles. 

Systematic Reviews of the Literature

Where to find Systematic Reviews

Cochrane Library

  • A specialized resource for systematic reviews of evidence, considered the "gold standard" for Evidence Based Practice.
  • Contains full text for more than 4.000 reviews, as well as "protocol" which outline reviews in progress.

Subject Guide

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Nancy George
Salem State University, Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons
Room G010C
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
ngeorge @

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Use your Salem State network/wireless network user name and password to log into library resources (such as CINAHL), periodicals, and ebooks from home. 

Don't know your user name and password? 
Do a search on the Salem State web page for Password Reset.