Q. Q. I need to find research articles written by a nurse.

Find Articles where a Nurse is the author.


CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) can help. It has limits for Research articles. It also has limits for "author is a nurse". This limit was just added in the summer of 2010 so can only be used for more recent articles. If you use this limit and do not find an article you can use, you can try alternative methods.

Here is a tutorial: https://marian.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=9c4977bc-c5bd-4190-a3d1-a9490151a33c

How to Use Limits to Find Research Articles by a Nurse:

1.Connect to CINAHL from the Library's home page.
2.Perform the search on your topic. Enter your search terms one concept at a time, then combine.
3.Go to the link titled "Refine your results". This appears next to your search results on the left side of the screen.
4.Click the "Show More" link to reveal all available limits.
5.Click a check mark next to English and "Any Author is a Nurse". If age is important to your question, use the age group box to select the age range that you need.
Click the Search button.
If the "Any Author is a Nurse" limit does not work for you, you have to look at the full-text of articles to determine if the author is a nurse. This is usually in the first page of the article, and may be noted by degrees after the name or in an "about the authors" section. Some journals do not provide this information at all. 

Connect to PUBMED from the Library's home page.
In the search box type the following exactly: "RN"[ad] AND [your search term] 

So for example if you wanted to search Pubmed for Nursing authored articles on Patient Falls your search would look like this:  "RN"[ad] AND Patient Falls

This will search the Author Description field and any author that includes RN in their credentials will show up.

Please feel free to contact Chris Bishop for further assistance. cbishop@marian.edu


  • Last Updated Oct 09, 2019
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