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Nursing - Houston: Search Help

This LibGuide is intended to provide information to Nursing students on the Houston campus.

Access All TWU Databases

List of all TWU databases.

TWU Databases A to Z

To see the list of databases we recommend for
go to the Databases/Articles tab.

Google Scholar

PubMed Help

Single Citation Matcher

Is part of your article citation missing? No page numbers? Use this tool to find the full citation.

Journal Abbreviation Search

Decipher journal title abbreviations. Type in your abbreviation and click GO.

More PubMed Help

Want E-Books?

Find electronic resources at the TWUniversal, the TWU libraries catalog, from any search engine on the internet.

Find TWU Libraries E-Resources

TWU Portal login required.

I Need a Few Good Articles, Please!

First, get your subject in mind, like "Could obesity be caused by a virus?" This is the most important step (and the hardest)

Next, try the world's biggest health sciences database, called PubMed. Do a MeSH (click it) search; input obesity, click the word, then Add to Search Builder & click Search PubMed. Go back to MeSH, input viruses, click the word, then Add to Search Builder & click Search PubMed. Click Advanced & combine (click add) Obesity and Viruses to see the result, which you click. Refine the results on the left of the Results page by year (last 5 years) fulltext, language, ages, controlled clinical trials or whatever you prefer to find a few good articles.

Click Send to and send to your RefWorks account to help design a beautiful References list to attach to your great paper.

Informatics and Evidence Based Information

Do you need to understand Informatics?  See

Do you need to understand Evidence Based? See Evidence-Based Practice


STAT!Ref: Medical Texts

STAT!Ref Searchbox Coming Soon!

STAT!Ref is undergoing changes and improvements and you will soon see even greater resources as you watch this box!

TWU Doesn't Have Your Article?

Try these options:
WorldCat:    (database)
   find journal articles, books and more in libraries all over the world sent to your email or library. TWU Portal login required. 
UNT Libraries:
   Take your TWU ID Card.

   Texas residents can physically visit and use over 400 library collections all over the State of Texas. when you register
See to register
Document Delivery / InterLibrary Loan:
   Fill out an online form with article citation information, and TWU Libraries staff will broadcast your request to libraries all over the continental U.S.. The article will be digitized and emailed to you.


RefWorks Log-in Name:

                                                                                    Create a new account

Use RefWorks citation software to gather and manage citations. When you're ready, use RefWorks software to create bibliographies automatically.

Foreground :: Background Questions

Foreground Questions

--general knowledge (What is MRSA?)
--basic information (What are the 8 blood types?)
--not needed to make a clinical decision
     textbooks, handbooks, encyclopedias, etc.

Background Questions

--specific knowledge;
--requires PICO elements;
--use advanced search skills
--necessary for decision making
--will fall into one of 4 categories:
          therapy, diagnosis, prognosis, etiology
          databases with specialized search options

Search Filters

The following webpages provide a detailed look into advanced search strategies in evidence-based literature searching.

Finding Evidence in Health Sciences Research
National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
National Institutes of Health National Medical Library

PubMed Clinical Queries Filter
Clinical Studies  (RCTs, etc.)

PubMed Clinical Queries Filter
Systematic Reviews 

PubMed Clinical Queries Filter
Medical Genetics