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NUR 352 (Mitchell & Reynolds)

This is the course guide for Introduction to Informatics and Information Literacy.


You will…

  • Understand what PICO is, why it's used in nursing research, and identify the parts of a PICO formatted question
  • Use PubMed or CINAHL to identify Medical Subject Heading terms based on a PICO question
  • Use Boolean operators and truncation to create effective searches
  • Identify exclusion/inclusion criteria that fit your question (as described in Ch. 5)

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In-Class Activities

Activity 1: Reading check: Prof. Reynolds will provide your prompt

Activity 2: Review and discuss levels of evidence activity; EBP Guide

Activity 3: Using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

  • Watch "Use MeSH to Build a Better PubMed Query" video (NCBI)
  • List possible search terms using the following strategies:
    • What you know about the topic
    • Identifying keywords from an abstract of an article on your topic or from a textbook
    • Using a reference source (online or print) that provides background information on your topic
    • Review other considerations on page 93 of Aveyard and Sharp (e.g. spelling variations)
  • Using PubMed or CINAHL, find the MeSH equivalents of those terms you listed
  • List all of your possible search terms in the table provided
    • Answer: Which terms do you think will yield the best results?  Why?
  • Look at limits (exclusion/inclusion criteria) available in CINAHL and list those limits that might apply to your research question (review pages 93-95 in Aveyard and Sharp for guidance)

Turn in your completed chart to Prof. Reynolds at the end of class

Activity 4: Explore consumer health sites

Activity 5: Review the annotated bibliography rubric

Homework Assignments: Due October 9th by 2:00 PM


  • Aoki, N., Enticott, J., & Phillips, L. (2013). Searching the literature: Four simple steps. Transfusion, 53(1), 14-17. (Access full text through the library catalog.)


Complete the following tutorials:


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