Check out these databases to find strong, relevant research to answer your PICO question.
In order to use library resources, you will need to login. New: PA College and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health users can use their respective credentials to login to library resources. A separate OpenAthens account and password is no longer necessary.
Primary sources are ones where you are hearing from someone directly involved with the information. For example, the author of the article was the one who performed the research experiment.
Look for the Methods section in the article to see what method was used. You want the methods section to indicate the author was the one doing the experiment and not analyzing the work of others. If you do not see a methods section or the article title has something like literature review, systematic review, or meta-analysis in it, look for other options. There is more information on primary sources here: http://pacollege.libguides.com/orientation/primary You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian in Starfish for assistance.
When searching in CINAHL, take advantage of the search features. Some suggested ones are below.
1. Full-text: This will show you articles the library has access to.
2. Date: Your professor might give you a date range in your assignment. If not, you might have to make your own decision.
3. Peer-reviewed (scholarly): This indicates the the article went through a peer reviewed process and is a criteria your professor might ask you to include.
4, English language: This will only show you articles available in English.
5. Research article: This will help you find research articles. If you look in the methods section, you can learn more about the kind of research that was done.
Other options: There are options to limit by clinical area, age of the patient, type of research, etc. on this page. Try clicking different options to see what happens.
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Below is a sample search in one of our databases. Use this features to help you with your search no matter what database you use. These options might look different in different database, because they are owned by different companies.