This is the Basic Search.
This is the Advanced Search. Break your terms up so there is only one per search box.
By clicking on the arrow next to "Select a Field" you can search for the term(s) in specific areas of articles.
Creating a search strategy helps researchers in many ways:
These are the main steps in creating a search strategy:
1. Define your topic in a complete sentence or question.
Improvement is needed in informing Latinos with type 1 diabetes on self-care.
2. Determine the keywords in your sentence/question.
informing patients, Latinos, Type 2 diabetes
3. Generate synonyms or similar words/terms for the keywords listed in #2.
Informing patients: information, diabetes education
Latinos: Hispanics, Spanish-speaking
Diabetes: insulin-dependent diabetes
4. Now you can search mixing and matching your search terms as necessary to get some relevant results.
You can also find CINAHL headings/subject headings for your keywords and mix those into your search.
Informing patients: diabetes education, patient education
Diabetes: Diabetes mellitus, insulin-dependent
See box to the right for info on finding subject headings.
Boolean logic defines logical relationships between terms in a search. The Boolean search operators are and, or and not. You can use these operators to create a very broad or very narrow search.
Note: When executing a search, And takes precedence over Or.
The following table illustrates the operation of Boolean terms:
You can refine your results by adding limits or filters found under "Refine Results" on the left-hand side.
Click on "Show More" to see what other limits/filters you can use. You'll get a box with some of the same limits, but also some different ones.
Lower in the list on the left you'll see "Subject." This is a great way to focus in on your specific topic.
Be sure to click on "Show More."