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NURS 230 Health Promotion and Wellness

Resources that might be used or mentioned in this course

Finding Journal Articles

Short videos 

These videos can assist with helping you become more familiar with locating journal articles for your assignments.

Peer Review Explained

Source: North Carolina State University / You Tube

Focus to Nursing Journals

How do I focus to nursing journals when searching for articles? 

  • Using the different journal databases or OneSearch

  • One of the search boxes type “nursing” OR nurs*”

  • Nurs* will look for nurse, nurses, nursing

  • Change “Select a Field” box or ANYWHERE box next to search box in database to SO Publication Title OR Publication Title.

  • In PubMed database type “nurs*”[journal] in search box

Confirming Journal is Peer-Reviewed or Refereed

How do I know if a journal is Peer-Reviewed or Refereed?

  • Two main ways:

1. Visit Ulrich’s Periodical Directory

    • Steps to Ulrich’s : Library homepage >> Databases >> Scroll to Ulrich’s

    • Look for “black/white jersey” symbol

2. Google the Journal Name.

  • Go directly to Journal Publisher’s website.

  • Look in the “About” section for description saying “peer-reviewed” or Refereed.

  • Example: Journal of Nursing Administration efault.aspx

Parts of a Research Article

Primary research articles or sometimes also called Original research articles tend to have a certain format --

Look for certain headings -- this is not all the time but often


Introduction / background


Results / Findings

Conclusion / Summary

Also look for the "number of participants" in the study

Review articles are NOT primary research they are "summaries" --- no meta-analysis, no systematic reviews, no scoping reviews. 


There are 2 handouts under the handouts tab that might be useful --- Parts of a Research Article, Finding Scholarly Journal Articles.


Other Helpful Resource Guides

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