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Before You Search...

  1. Identify keywords in your topic.
  2. Choose the best database.
  3. Use 1-2 words per search box.
  4. Combine "keyword phrases" with AND.
  5. Use limiters as needed (dates, scholarly (peer reviewed).
  6. Evaluate your results by reading abstracts.
  7. Look at subject terms assigned to a good article to focus search.
  8. No full text? Use Journal Finder on Journals tab.
  9. The Cite button will help with footnotes.

Nursing Databases: Use These To Find Articles

Full text not found? Use OneSearch box on main library page to search for article title. 

ProQuest Ebook Central

DNP Quality Improvement links

Quality improvement usually includes clarifying best practices - a literature review of what is currently known on the topic using medical databases. 


Need Help With Evidence Based Research?

The EBR tool helps you perform the evidence based research process. Please use your LCUnet username and password to create your account. The EBR tool is a supplemental text costing $10 paid by credit card.

Using Pico To Search

Finding Tests & Measures

Generally, sources provide descriptions but not the actual test instruments. Journal articles may include a portion or example of a test instrument. You might located the actual test instrument by:

  • Finding articles in journal databases that have measurements included in the appendix
  • Finding a copy posted for free on the Internet
  • Contacting the test's author(s) and asking a copy of the test and permission to use the test
  • Purchasing the test from the publisher

Note: You need the copyright holder's permission to use the test if you plan to publish your research.

PsyArticles - In advance search, select TM Test & Measures as the search field. This field captures the tests and measures used in research study. It may be in the body or with an Appended label: Tests and Measures: Quest Atlantis Commitment Questionnaire (Appended)

CINAHL Plus - In advance search, select Instrumentation as the search field.

For other databases, search for your topic AND Test & Measures as the Subject search term. Look for alternate subjects such as inventory, questionnaire, assessments, or rating. 

For reviews of tests, see Mental Measurements Yearbooks and Tests in Print.
Other books may be available that are specific to a discipline. 

Literature Reviews: An Overview For Graduate Students

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