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Self-paced tutorials for 3 WSU health science databases. Just want a refresher? View only the modules you need.
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#1 Read Me First!

Upon completion of these tutorials, you will be able to:

  •  Login to a WSU database/index to find journal articles to complete class assignments and conduct your own research.
  • Conduct a basic search in CINAHL - the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.
  • Conduct a basic search in PubMed - the preeminent index to the biomedical literature from the National Library of Medicine.
  • Conduct a basic search in the Cochrane Library -- evidence-based systematic reviews for health care decision making.

There are many more topical databases available through WSU, but these three will get you started.

      

    #2 Select & Login to WSU Databases/Indexes

    NOTE: Vancouver students may also enter and authenticate through the WSU Vancouver Library website.

    For access to WSU databases, enter your Network ID when prompted.

    • Selecting WSU Databases (2 minutes)
      The database website has changed appearance since this video was created, but the "Databases A to Z" and "Databases by Subject" lists still appear on the page.
    • WSU Library Databases
      The database entry screen for non-Vancouver students. This is a good screen to "bookmark."
    • WSU Vancouver Library
      Vancouver nursing students also have the option to start from these pages. Choose Article Databases (by subject or A to Z) to select an index.

    Techniques for Focusing Searching

    Using the PubMed database as an example, these tutorials offer techniques for finding subject headings, focusing your search results, and keeping track of the process and results. Various databases use different approaches, but nearly all support some version of these strategies.

    For now, you may choose to continue with the CINAHL, PubMed, and Cochrane tutorials, returning to this topic as you gain comfort and proficiency searching those databases. 

    Selecting Subject Terms with Key Word Searching (5 minutes)

    Limiting and Focusing Your Search in PubMed  (2 minutes)

    Recording and Documenting Your Search History (4.5 minutes)

        
       

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