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Nursing Research Guide for NURC1003

Research guide for finding sources for NURC1003 Transition Nursing

Example Research Topic

Once you have selected a topic and before you start searching for resources, it is helpful to perform these steps:

Topic: Should all males receive the HPV vaccine?  

Step 1: Break the topic into main concepts:

males
HPV
vaccine

Step 2: Brainstorm keywords for each concept:

Try thinking of synonyms and related terms. A thesaurus may be helpful. 

males      

HPV

vaccine

male
males
boy
boys
men
HPV
human papillomavirus
papillomaviruses
genital warts
warts
sexually transmitted diseases
vaccine
vaccines
vaccinate
vaccination
immunization
injection
injections
inoculation

Above terms in bold are CINAHL Headings.

Step 3: Combine your terms in a search. This is called your search strategy.

Note: try using a combination of keywords and subject headings in your search. You may need to try different combinations to find the search that produces the best results.
male OR men
AND
papillomaviruses
AND
vaccin* OR immuniz*

Step 4: Search an appropriate resource

Step 5: Review results for alternative keywords or subject headings and redo search (as needed)