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Library Introduction for Doctoral Nursing & Health Professions Students

An introduction to Gleeson Library Resources for doctoral nursing and health professions students.

Welcome to Gleeson Library! 

The following presentations and videos will introduce you to some general research skills and library resources. 

Searching with Keywords

Once you've developed a suitable research question, it's time to dive into the databases. This presentation will introduce you to some general concepts relevant to keyword searching. Make sure you don't skip the two videos at the end-- they provide essential information on how to search CINAHL and PubMed. 

Learning outcomes

Students will: 

  • Generate a list of relevant keywords for their search
  • Combine those keywords using AND, OR, and NOT
  • Use parentheses and quotes as part of their search strategy, as needed

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Searching with Subject Headings

Using subject headings make you a more effective researcher, particularly when keyword searches just aren't working. This presentation will explain what subject headings are, and the two brief videos at the end will show you how to run a search using subject headings in CINAHL and PubMed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how subject headings can improve the accuracy of a search
  • Use the thesaurus in CINAHL and the MeSH database in PubMed to identify appropriate subject headings and use the in a search. 

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Writing, Citing, and References

The following resources will help you with writing, citing, and organizing your personal library of resources. In particular, a citation management system like Refworks can save you a great deal of time and energy when citing sources and writing reference lists. 

Writing Resources

USF's Learning and Writing Center: offering academic assistance to all USF students in the form of tutoring, writing assistance, individual appointments, and group workshops.

APA Resources

APA 7th Edition Tutorial: In-Text Citations

APA 7th Edition Tutorial: Reference Lists


RefWorks is a tool that will help you organize your personal library of books and articles, and it will automatically format your in-text citations and references. 

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