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MSN - Graduate Nursing Students

A subject guide of resources and information for students in the MSN program.

Library Databases

The following databases are available to search for journal articles, etc. You will be prompted to login with your Black Board ID number and password, for remote access outside off-campus.

Searching PubMed

  1. In PubMed, subject headings are known as MeSH or Medical Subject Headings.
  2. You can search for subject headings by choosing MeSH from the drop down arrow to the left of the PubMed search box.
  3. Enter one of the concepts in your topic and click Search.
  4. If offered a list, choose the most specific term applicable to your topic by clicking on it.
  5. If desired, choose one or more subheadings to further narrow your topic, for example most diseases/conditions offer the option of narrowing to drug therapy.
  6. Click on Add to search builder.
  7. Repeat steps for each additional concept in your topic.
  8.  When all desired concepts are added, click Search PubMed.
  9. Note that some concepts will not have MeSH terms, you will have to add those as keywords. 
  10. Note that it is easier to add some concepts such as age or gender with filters after the search rather than including them in the search.
  11. For more information, watch this 3 minute video, about using MeSH.
  1. Click Advanced (under the search box at the top) to view previous searches under History.
  2. You can revisit any search by clicking on the number under items found.
  3. You can also combine searches by clicking Add beside each of the searches you wish to combine.
  4. Note that when you click Add, searches appear in the builder and you can change the Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) there if you wish.
  5. When you have finished adding searches, click Search.

Searches can be filtered using the filters shown on the left of the results page.

You can filter by:

  1. Article types (for example to  just randomized controlled trials). If the article type you need is not shown, click Customize at the end of the list.
  2. Publication date (5 years, 10 years, or a specific range)
  3. Species (human or animals)
  4. Language (many options)
  5. Sex (male or female)
  6. Subjects
  7. Ages (many options)

Notice that some filters do no show up automatically. Click Show Additional  Filters to see all options.