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NUR 3165 - Nursing Research: Practice 3

This Libguide is designed to help UCF Nursing students enrolled in NUR3165 identify, understand, and effectively use relevant electronic sources, including eBooks and article databases.

Practice Exercise 3 - Part A (Medline)


From the UCF Library homepage , click on “Databases”.

Click on ‘M’ in the alphabetical line OR limit the discipline to Nursing.

Select MEDLINE (EBSCOhost) (1946+).

Put the phrase breast neoplasms and pain or discomfort in the top row of search boxes.

Click 'Search’.

1. How many articles did you find?

a. More than 500

b. 100 - 500

c. 50 - 150

d. Less than 50

Go back to the search box.

Put parentheses around the phrase pain or discomfort so the search string looks like this: breast neoplasms and (pain or discomfort).

Rationale: this will search for articles that contain the first term (breast neoplasms) plus either of the last two terms (pain or discomfort). Hint: You can do the same thing without parentheses by putting breast neoplasms in the top search box and pain or discomfort on the second line. 

Notice how the number of results decrease. Click on the Advanced Search link (underneath the search boxes).

Scroll down under 'Limit your results' and check the ‘English Language’ box.   

Under ‘Journal & Citation Subset’, select ‘Nursing’.

Under 'Publication Type', select ‘Clinical Trial’.

 Click 'Search'.

2. How many articles do you have now?

a. More than 500

b. 100 - 500

c. 50 - 150

d. Less than 50

Scroll down and find the article “Virtual reality as a distraction intervention for women receiving chemotherapy."

Click on the article title to view the article record.

Scroll down to MeSH Terms (directly above the abstract).

3. Which is not one of the subject headings assigned to this article?

a. Breast Neoplasms/*drug therapy

b. Cancer*

c. Audiovisual Aids*

d. Treatment Outcome

Continue to the next search by clicking on the UNIV OF CENTRAL FLORIDA link on the upper right corner.

Practice Exercise 3 - Part B (PsycInfo)

From the UCF Library homepage , click on Databases.  Scroll down to ‘Health, Medicine & Nursing’ and select ‘Nursing’. Find and click on PsycINFO. Login with your NID and password at the prompt.

From the PsycInfo Advanced Search screen,

  • Type in the first box Dementia or Alzheimer's
  • Type caregiver stress* in the second box

Scroll down under Limit Your Results and check the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box. 

Under Methodology, select Quantitative Study

Click Search.

You should retrieve between 800 and 850 results.

Scroll back to the top of the page and type the term nurs* in the third box. Click Search again.

You should retrieve between 220- 270 results. Add the first five results to the folder by clicking on the Add to Folder icon to the right of each title.

Notice that a box will appear on the right hand side stating that your folder has items.

 Scroll to the top of the page.

Click on the Folder on the top navigation bar.

Notice options to  print, email, and save the results (right-hand side). Also, you can "Sign In" and create an EBSCOhost account so that you can view selected searches and results at a later date.

Click Back to return to the results screen.

Find the article "The effects of a dementia nurse care manager on improving caregiver outcomes" and click on Get Full Text. A new window should open with an option to view the entire article as a PDF.

Click on the ‘UNIV OF CENTRAL FLORIDA’ link in the top right corner when finished.

Answers for Practice Exercise 3