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NURSING 230: Drug Use & Abuse

Tips on Finding Articles

In order to find articles in a database, you must effectively communicate your information need to the database.

General Guidelines:

  1. Keep your first search simple

  2. Avoid using long phrases, sentences, or sentence fragments

  3. Use quotes (" ") to search for a specific phrase (for example, "substance abuse")

  4. Use the search operators built into the search form (AND, OR, NOT)

  5. Read and use the subject headings assigned to articles, etc. for a particular topic

This guide is designed to help you find sources for your paper assignment, on an issue or topic related to substance abuse found in a common lay public or 'popular' source (“.com” website, YouTube, advertisement, or popular magazine, but not a news source).

In order to analyze and discuss the claims and ideas in the popular source, use scholarly information sources, including researched and peer-reviewed journals, government websites, and other professional sources (again, not news sources) as outlined in the paper assignment/rubric.

To find and select your scholarly sources, work your way down this page, trying different strategies in different resources, using terms and concepts taken from your original source. There is not a single strategy that will work for all topics, so be flexible and try searching several resources. On this page and on the other two pages, you'll find some helpful videos and tutorials on how best to search, but if you get stuck and need help or have a question, contact us using the Ask now chat or the Ask Us email form. A librarian will get back to you within 24 hours, Monday - Friday.


Search for articles in scholarly and/or professional journals using this library search box that searches most of the library's databases.



Citation Finder     |     Publication Finder   

Recommended Library Databases

These databases are good ones to use, too.

Goverment Sources

Government sources provide statistical information as well as other vetted infomaiton.

Try using the websites listed below, or identify others by doing a Google search, limiting to .gov domain, as shown here.

Bonus tip: Click on Tools to limit by date range and get more current info.


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