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Radiation Therapy Program: Search Strategies in Databases

How to Search for Articles in a Database

A database is a collection of digital articles from magazines, newspapers, academic journals and books.  To locate scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in Nursing that deal with patients in the United States, follow these instructions.

1. Select a Nursing Database, such as CINAHL.

   CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.

2. Click on Advanced Search.

3. Enter your keyword search terms in each box.  Each term can be combined with the term above it. For example, 

This search will result in articles that have information about both immobility AND patient care.

4. Scroll down on the search screen to locate the necessary limiters.  

 First, limit to Any Author is a Nurse and click to check.


Next, limit to  peer-reviewed. 


From the Geographic Subset box, select USA.

Once you have finished these steps, click Search and your list of appropriate results will display.


If there are other limits you wish to use, such as age range, etc. you may select those as well.  Remember, the more limiters you use, the shorter the list of results will be. 


Most articles will have full text html or full text PDF. A PDF article is a scanned image of the article as it appears in print.  To print a PDF you must use the adobe tool bar that will appear toward the bottom of the page.  Find the printer icon and click it. 

Sometimes you will be prompted to select the type of citation you want.  Always choose APA.


Using Search All

SearchAll is a search tool that allows you to find all the resources available at the Library. That includes books, eBooks, videos, articles, and news.

If an item is not accessible here, you can request an item on Interlibrary Loan

So how does SearchAll work?

Enter your search terms in the box.

Browse the results.

Limit your results to a particular format, such as magazines, journals or books. 
Limit your results to a date range. 

Do an advanced search for more specific results. 

Select the items that suit your needs.

  • Articles may be printed, emailed or saved.
  • Ebooks may be read online or downloaded for later use.
  • Books may be checked out and taken home.