Nursing

This is a guide for GRC's nursing students.

Selected Background Info Sources

Before you start more complex research, gain good, grounded background info on your topic.
Tip: start with your broad topic area (stroke, amniocentesis, insulin injections, traumatic brain injury geriatrics)

Searching and using reference books

How to use a reference article effectively

  • First, find important words or concepts (see highlighted words in image below)
  • Then use those as search words to find other books, journals, videos and websites

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Graphic showing how to pull ideas and keywords out of an article

Reference books through Google Books

  1. First, click on the image below for tips on finding reference books (encyclopedias and handbooks) through Google Books

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image of an advanced search page in Google Books

  1. Then, click below to perform your search.

How to effectively read a reference article

Highlight Key Concepts

  • First, find important words or concepts (see highlighted words in example below)
  • Then use those as search words to find other books, journals, videos and websites

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GVRL Global Warming reference article

Why Start with Background Info?

An overview of your broad topic area grounds you in essential knowledge.  This will then help you springboard to more detailed, complex research.  Read background info to gain a better understanding of the following:

  • what the key issues are and how you may want to refine your topic
  • who are the stakeholders (the groups or individuals this topic concerns)
  • a context of how your topic relates to the other issues that surround it
  • a historical perspective on your topic
  • specialized vocabulary or search words that are used in your field (you will use these words for searches later in your research process)