In Google I can type in, "What's the weather like in New York City this weekend?" and receive the answer. You need to dumb down your inquiry to short, important pieces of information for database searching.
To help you think through this process of building a good search, here's a little tool that can help you construct effective searches for Primo, the library's catalog, many article databases, and more. We call it Search Strategy Builder.
Just click on the link above, fill in the blanks, and click the button to create a Search Statement. You can then copy and paste that statement into the database of your choice.
How can I tell if a journal is peer reviewed? Many databases provide a limiter for scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Need a refresher on 'peer review'? Watch Peer Review in Three Minutes North Carolina State University Libraries.
MacGuire, J. M. (2006) Putting nursing research findings into practice: research utilization as an aspect of the management of change. Journal of Advanced Nursing 53(1): 65-71
you would type Journal of advanced nursing into the search box to see if we have the journal, and then navigate to the article. For more information on how to navigate to an article, review a tutorial here.
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