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Nursing Research Guide

A One-Stop Resource for Research Assistance
  • The  tabbed boxes below will familiarize you with several helpful search tools that are available through the Sacred Heart Library website: 
  1. QuickSearch - The discovery tool that allows you to search through most of the library's databases and other resources at once 
  2. Citation Linker - Allows you to search and check if the library has access to a specific article
  3. Journal Finder - Lets you search for specific journals in the library's holdings
  4. TRIP - A search engine that focused on finding high quality medical information and is an excellent resource for evidence-based research
  •  The QuickSearch is the library's discovery tool that allows you to search most of the library's databases and other resources from one location. This is a great place to start when you are beginning research on a new topic. 
  • You can find the basic QuickSearch on the front page of the library website, but for most research assignments it will be much better to use the Advanced QuickSearch. You can find a link for beneath the basic QuickSearch. Also located below the basic QuickSearch is a What am I searching? link, which will provide a full list of all the resources that are searchable within the QuickSearch. 

  • Since you will be searching most of the library's resources at once with this tool, you will receive far more search results than you will by using individual databases. Along with other limiting options, you can use QuickSearch's special Limit By Database option (pictured below on the left) to limit your search results to a specific database or databases. When you initially click it, you will only be shown the five databases providing the most hits for your current search. Clicking the blue Show More link at the bottom of this list will provide a pop-box with a full list of all the databases and resource collections that are providing hits for your current search (pictured below on the right). 


  • As a reminder - QuickSearch is not complete one-stop searching. It is able to search most of our databases, but not all of them. Some of the major health science databases and resources that are excluded from the QuickSearch are:
    • TRIP - A search engine for high-quality research (you can learn more about this particular tool on the TRIP tab of this guide page) 
    • BMJ Best Practice - The library's point-of-care resource
    • PolicyMap - A data and mapping tool
  • If you'd like, you can become even further familiarized with QuickSearch through the Sacred Heart Library's Interactive QuickSearch Tutorial
  • Whenever want to see whether the library has a specific article, the best tool to use is the Citation Linker.  
  • This can be particularly useful in situations like:
    • If you are searching on free online search engine like PubMed, Google Scholar and Google and an article that you want is behind a subscription paywall
    • When reading an article on your research topic, you find a potentially useful-looking article cited in the references
  • The video tutorial below explains how to use this extremely useful resource: 

  • As mentioned in the tutorial, when using the Citation Linker you must include either the Journal Title or one of three other pieces of citation information: an article's ISSN, DOI, or PMID. These acronyms stand for:
    • ISSN - International standard serial number
    • DOI - Digital object identifier, a unique identification number used mainly to identify academic, professional and government information that is made available electronically 
    • PMID - PubMed ID, the unique identification number given to every article on PubMed. 
  • Searching for specific journals and their articles is very simple thanks to the library website's Journal Finder, as you can see in the video tutorial below:
  • Trip Database (TRIP = Turning Research Into Practice) is a clinical search engine designed to find high-quality research evidence, and is an excellent resource for evidence based practice. Its primary feature is its ability to identify the evidence type of every single search result.

  • Besides identifying the evidence type of each individual search result, TRIP will also provide a complete breakdown of all results on the right-hand side of the search results page. If you are only searching for a specific evidence type (like controlled trials, systematic reviews, etc.), you can select it in the breakdown and you search results will then be filtered to that specific evidence type.

  • TRIP does not automatically provide full access to all of its search results. It is only able to let you know whether an article is already available through the SHU library or not, and if it is, it will provide a link. 

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