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NUR 352 (Mitchell & Reynolds)

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


You will...

  • Develop efficient searches using Boolean operators
  • Access information proficiently to investigate a problem in the clinical setting

Click here to see what's due today.

In-Class Activities

Activity 1: Review the sample annotated bib

Activity 2: Review Boolean operators and search construction

Activity 3: CINAHL and PubMed research workshop

  • Document your search strategy as outlined on page 106 of Chapter 5
    • List the database(s) you searched
    • List each combination of search terms you used and number of articles retrieved
    • Indicate which search terms and database were most effective
    • List other strategies you used that resulted in relevant articles, e.g. clicking the "Related searches" link in PubMed, using search terms from article abstracts, using specific inclusion or exclusion criteria

Wrap up: Was using MeSH terms more precise/helpful than using regular keywords? What problems did you have using the databases?

Homework Assignments: Due October 16th by 2:00 PM


  • Chapter 6 (How do I know if the evidence is convincing and useful?) In Aveyard, H., & Sharp, P. (2013). A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-based Practice in Health and Social Care Professions. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. (Access full text through the library catalog.)
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