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Nursing Research Guide: Finding Articles & More

A research guide for nursing and allied health sciences

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login.

Starting Point -- CINAHL and Health Source Nursing

The search box below will search the CINAHL and HealthSource/Nursing databases. When searching in our databases, make sure to combine your key terms with Boolean AND (to include all the terms) or Boolean OR (for related terms). Check out the video offerings on this page for a quick tutorial on Boolean operators, database searching and reading scientific articles.

Research databases
Limit Your Results
  • Select / Deselect all
  • CINAHL Complete
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine. 

Health & Nursing Databases

Entering Keywords into a Database (video 4:41)

Search terms for Evidence-Based Practice


Evidence-based Nursing                 (EBN)

Evidence-based Practice                 (EBP)

Nursing Research                            (NR)

Randomized controlled practice      (RCT)

Quality Improvement                       (QI)


Suggested Database Search Terms: 

Systematic reviews

Clinical studies

Literature reviews

Meta-analysis (meta-analyses)

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Keywords and Database Searching

  • Use specific keywords, not questions.
  • Revise your keywords to see how that changes your results.
  • Look for more keywords in the articles you find.

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)

Print Journals

Denzel Washington Venn Diagram