Published Jan 29, 2005
Hey everybody I need help finding free journal articles that can be applied with care plans. I am in the second semester of my junior year- OB and Pedi- and I have to turn in a journal article from a nursing journal of course but am not having much luck with CINAHL. Tonight I have been looking for a specific article that discusses breastfeeding moms who smoke. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help you guys have.:)
Is there a medical library at the hospital you are doing your practicum? If so, ask the librarian there to help, likely can't take the journal out, but you can offer to pay to copy an article
Have u tried medline? Also, look at the links for your college library, they should have a link for journal articles. I know UNLV does, but some of them r access to students only.
WSU_Ally_RN, BSN, RN
this week in clinical, our instructor told us that if we're having a hard time finding things on CINALH that will work for us, our library carries a hard bound version of CINALH that you sometimes will get a better result with. I think somtimes online, CINALH tries to weed out things that they don't think will work, but they really work. It's a little bit of work, but it might help too.
Our hospital library has tons...a public library really won't have too much and legit articles aren't usually available for free on the internet. Good luck!
I end up going to my school reference desk librarian and asking if I really try and can't get access to an article that I know I should be able to find in our databases & they usually find it for me. We actually have a librarian that is just for the health sciences too.
If the article happens to be in the Journal of Human Lactation, email me at [email protected] because I may be able to access that for you.
Or you can pm me & give me the title, journal, and authors and I'll give it a quick try on my school's database and if I get it I can send it to you. I do a lot of research on breastfeeding stuff since that's my "specialty" and I'm sitting for the board exam in July.
llg, PhD, RN
As the other posters have suggested, use the library. That's what libraries are for.
Journals can't stay in business giving their stuff away for free. They are not charities: they are businesses that have employees to pay, production costs, etc. The advertising revenue only covers a portion of the costs -- and there IS NO advertising in most of the online versions. Someone has to pay the costs of producing and distributing the material. So your expectation of getting everything for free is not very realistic.
Libraries buy the journals and/or pay to subscribe to online services. You go to the library to make personal copies of the hard copy journal articles .... and/or you can use the library's online services either at the library itself ... or, in some cases, through accessing the system from your home computer.
I suggest you visit your school's library and find out how your system works. Personally, I think such a library visit/tour should be required for all new students at a college. Students need to learn how to access the available information and such a visit to the library is well-worth the hour or so it will take.
Medline....can't live without it.
You can also try http://www.medscape.com which has free access (though you have to register) to articles from hundreds of journals, including nursing). You can also try scholar.google.com, which will at least give you relevant titles and often access to abstracts, if not the entire article.
I use EBSCO host, which my college is subscribed too. You might want to check to see if that option is available to you through the college. Most colleges offer this database.
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