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NRS 302 - Nursing Research

Library instruction for Spring B 2022.

From PICO to Search Strategy

Once you have your PICO question, it needs to be translated into a search strategy so that you can begin searching for relevant literature. See the video below for an example of how a PICO question can become a search strategy using keywords.

Download the Search Strategy Organizer to guide you in brainstorming keywords.

Refresh: Searching

If you need a refresher on the basics of searching, watch the video below. You can also visit the Research Tutorials guide:

Medical Subject Headings

If you want to engage in more advanced searching, try using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). MeSH is a consistent, controlled vocabulary used by the National Library of Medicine to describe concepts in the medical field. MeSH headings are arranged in a hierarchy/tree structure starting at the topic with the broadest categories and working its way down the list through narrower topics.

MeSH is only used in PubMed and MEDLINE. Other databases use other subject headings; for example, CINAHL uses CINAHL Subject Headings that are more specific to nursing.

Watch the video below for an introduction to MeSH.


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