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Searching the literature: a guide for nurses


Welcome to Searching the Literature: a Guide for Nurses!

Use this guide to help you get a handle on the literature search process! From formulating your question, to brainstorming synonyms, to constructing your search strategy, and to searching the databases available to you, this guide has got you covered.

The most important thing to remember is that searching is an ITERATIVE process. Please go through this guide on comprehensive searching designed to help you design, and effectively find information for your research topic. Remember, even the most expert of searchers have to constantly re-evaluate their searching, from adding or changing keywords and the ways they relate to each other, to choosing new resources to search, and even rewording or straight-up changing their research question!

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The Searching the Literature: a Guide for Nurses contains selected resources that are licensed by the University of Toronto Libraries or are freely available on the web. Its aim is to provide easy access to resources that complement the nursing curriculum. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or timeliness of the information provided.