To assist students in applying material from this chapter to their own ideas, please use the format below and follow this outline or steps to finding evidence-based research in your interest area or topic:
Select 2 terms that generally apply to your area of research interest. An example of this would be “diabetes and weight” OR “exercise and older adults, Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases”. Please don’t use this highlighted.
Open your DYC library browser to CINAHL as this is the largest repository of nursing literature.
Type the first term into the keyword browser and search it. Record the number of hits in the table.
Type the second term into the browser and search it. Record the number of hits.
Next, type both of the terms in as a combination. Record the number of hits.
Most of you will have a large number of “hits” to these initial queries.
Next, navigate to the “limits” tab; select your “combination” search topic.
Next, please further limit your combination topic search using additional limits of one of these key words: “quantitative OR tool OR measurement”. Record the number of hits using this strategy.
Next, calculate the percentage of “useful hits” – this is the number of hits for your topic when you have applied all the limits divided by the original number of hits you got when you first combined the 2 terms.
Based on your understanding of the research process so far, what do you think this final number means related to your research topic of interest? Review some of the abstracts and evaluate whether the search strategies were successful. Pick your passion in nursing for this assignment, it will make it easier to read and search for articles.