Professional Research Resources

  1. Quote from srnaKate
    I am in Research this semester and in need of finding websites to do research such as literature reviews, etc. Most of the sites I've found are members only or want to sell subscriptions. Any help would be most appreciated.
    You will most likely have to use your school or hospital library to do a literature search through CINAHL, medline, etc. and then find the actual journal volume in your library.

    One site that I have found that provides many full text articles is There is a section of medscape specific for nursing.

    Good luck.
    Last edit by VickyRN on Jul 23, '07
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  3. by   gwenith
    I walways like the joanna Briggs institute - they have some great tips for research but you have to go through the entire website.
  4. by   Librarian

    I'm not a nurse, but I'm a medical librarian. Please feel free to ask your local college/public/hospital librarian which databases you can use to access nursing info. CINAHL is a good source, as someone mentioned. Some databases will have fulltext articles available for you. If you can only find the citation of an article, but not the fulltext of it, please do ask the librarian there, as they can order it for you through an inter-library loan. Most places don't charge a fee for this service, especially hospital libraries. Please let me know if you have any more questions on research and I will try to help.
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  6. by   VickyRN
    see if these are of any help:

    literature search databases

    . cinahl information systems
    . cochrane collaboration (systematic reviews, international)
    . medline/pubmed (national library of medicine, usa)

    clinical practice guidelines

    . agency for healthcare research and quality (usa)
    . canadian medical association infobase
    . canadian task force on preventative health care
    . joanna briggs institute for evidence based nursing and midwifery (australia)
    . national guideline clearinghouse (usa)
    . nursing best practice guidelines, registered nurses association of ontario
    . society of obstetricians and gynaecologists of canada

    health care

    . canadian institute for health information (cihi)
    . canadian nurses association
    . cancer care ontario's program in evidence-based care
    . heart and stroke foundation of canada
    . mayo clinic

    excellent resources from dr. mary bennett:

    this is great:

    another site with lots of links for nursing research:

    this is cute:

    these are great:

    another good free site:

    online "worksheet" for analyzing quantitative research:

    online "worksheet" for analyzing qualitative research:
    Last edit by VickyRN on Jun 20, '07
  7. by   Librarian
    Hello Annie,

    Here are some website that may be useful on your research of Quantitative Research:
    a short article from AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses) Journal on judging/evaluation the finding of quantitative research:

    for an example of quantitative research:

    quantitative vs qualitative

    I also have two articles from Nephrology Nursing Journal that I can send you via email or fax, if you like, on the topic of quantitative research. (They are in .pdf format and I didn't know how to attach it to this message)

    Please let me know if these links do not help you and I will be glad to help you find the information that you need.

    Kind regards,

    Quote from Annie111
    hi, librarian

    would you like to help me to find a quantitative nursing research article thru webiste, it doesnot need too long, any help would greatly appreciated ! I'm in urgent to need help.....thanks!

    Have a nice day

    Last edit by VickyRN on Aug 10, '08 : Reason: Links no longer valid
  8. by   VickyRN
    Current literature on relevant professional issues:
    Last edit by VickyRN on Jul 23, '07
  9. by   VickyRN

    the cochrane library has become a key source of data on evidence-based medicine in general and especially on randomized clinical trials. the web site indicates that the “cochrane library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including the cochrane database of systematic reviews, which provide high quality information to people providing and receiving care and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels.”

    the supercourse site provides over 1400 epidemiology lectures online, including lectures that cover study designs. study-design topics include meta-analysis, testing and screening, rates, cost-effectiveness etc.

    the united states preventive services task force site includes the full collection of evidence-based recommendations and guidelines made by the task force. papers on the methods used by the task force are also included.

    multipurpose web sites

    the centers for disease control and prevention web site includes a wide array of materials on prevention and control of disease. it also includes the national center for health statistics’ web site at this site includes data on life expectancy, causes of death etc.

    the national institutes of health web site includes access to the national library of medicine as well as publications and information on a wide variety of research issues.
  10. by   VickyRN
    how to make sense of clinical research

    after reading this article, you should be able to:
    1. compare and contrast the case-control study, the case report, the case series, the cohort study, the meta-analysis, the randomized controlled trial, and the systematic review.
    2. describe the components of a research article.
    3. describe how to evaluate a research study.
  11. by   quervo_nomad
    I too am writing a research paper and according to my professor and the campus librarian, there is not much credibility in web related research. Sure NEJM and the like are great but the internet site must be cited differently than the print version and they do have ways of knowing what's what. Basically what I am saying is if you want to be taken seriously, you really need to dig. That's what brought me here. I am looking for participants in interviews. Just thought you'd like the info for the best possible grade.
  12. by   VickyRN
    How to read a paper: Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research)

    Summary points

    Qualitative methods aim to make sense of, or interpret, phenomena in terms of the meanings people bring to them

    Qualitative research may define preliminary questions which can then be addressed in quantitative studies

    A good qualitative study will address a clinical problem through a clearly formulated question and using more than one research method (triangulation)

    Analysis of qualitative data can and should be done using explicit, systematic, and reproducible methods
  13. by   VickyRN
    see modules 4 & 5 -
    • tutorial: sampling techniques
    • tool: pareto tool (from the ihi website)
    • tool: sampling tool (from the ihi website)
    • tool: histogram tool (from the ihi website)
    • website: ihi general improvement methods -- content and tools
    • tutorial: plan-do-study-act (pdsa) cycle
    • tutorial: how to improve (from the ihi website)
    • tool: simple data collection planning tool (from the ihi website)
    • tutorial: operational definition
    • tutorial: confounding variable
    • tutorial: how to determine if data is skewed
    • tool: spreadsheet template for generating control charts
    • tutorial: introductory overview on control charts (powerpoint presentation)
    • tutorial: reading xmr control charts
    • tutorial: control chart interpretation rules
    Last edit by VickyRN on Jul 23, '07
  14. by   VickyRN
    An ideal research design provides assurance to both the investigator and those who use the information that the study results mean what they say, i.e., that the treatment or intervention employed either did or did not have the intended effect. To achieve this end, the design must first be conducted prospectively, i.e., the treatment must be applied and the effect(s) observed after subjects are selected and assigned (as opposed to retrospective or ex post facto designs, which are all nonexperimental). Additionally, all prospective research aims to provide the following:
    1. Manipulation of the independent variable (usually by group assignment)
    2. Observation and measurement of the changes, if any, in the dependent variable
    3. Control of all other variables except for the dependent (outcome) variable