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Nursing Resources: How to Search

Starting Your Research

When you start searching, you'll need to decide a few things:

1) Which database to use (see Finding Articles)

2) What words to type in

Use the links below to help you format your search in a way the databases can understand.  Remember, when you search, you are talking to a computer.

Basics of Searching

PICOT Searching

The PICOT method allows you to construct a research question and identify keywords easily.  

P= Patient/ Population

I = Intervention

C= Comparison

O = Outcome

T = Time

Use each one of these elements as your search terms, then change them as necessary.

Subject Headings

Sometimes if you can't think of other words, a subject heading can help.

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