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NUR152: Nursing Theory & Science (Le, Stott, & Townsend)

This guide was designed to support students enrolled in NUR152, however, others researching nursing might also find the content useful.

Recommended article databases

PubMed

PubMed indexes both open access and subscription based health and medicine journals. Use the Clinical Queries link to find Systematic Reviews, Meta-analyses, and more. You do not need an MEID and password to login. However, you may find some subscription content available using GCC's Journal Finder tool.

What are scholarly journal articles?

Generally, scholarlyor academic, journal articles share original ideas and research.  They are written by experts and add to the understanding of a particular field of study.  

Examples of scholarly journal articles from the nursing field, accessible through the library's Nursing, Medicine and Health databases include Nursing Made Incredibly Easy (see link under databases above), Nursing Ethics and Nursing & Health Sciences, among 100s of others.  

How do I know if I have a primary research article? Look for the following sections:

  1. Publication information - Journal details/Date/Article title/Authors/Abstract (Summary of article sections) 

  2. **Introduction (Study objective & Background information)

  3. Methods (Study design)

  4. Results (Data analysis & Tables/graphs)

  5. **Discussion (Summary of findings, study limitations, conclusions and suggestions for further research)

  6. References

**Sections of particular note for student researchers.  

What is peer review?

Most scholarly journals are peer reviewed.  The peer review process subjects the article to a critical examination by experts in the field being discussed.  This increases reliability and prevents misinformation from spreading.

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