Quick Search is Cline Library's discovery tool. It combines the "library catalog" and many of our online databases into one search. Quick Search is a good starting point for your research. If you are doing more advanced research in a specific discipline, you may want to use a specific database.
Books (physical and ebooks)
Journals (print and ejournals)
Media items such as streaming videos, CDs, DVDs
Note: Using the "Expand Results" feature will add items not available from Cline Library. NAU and CCC students, faculty and staff can use Document Delivery to obtain these items.
Subject headings describe the content of each item in a database usually using a controlled vocabulary. Use these headings to find relevant items on the same topic. Searching by subject headings is the most precise way to search article databases.
It is not easy to guess which subject headings are used in a given database. Look for a link titled "headings" or "thesaurus" in each database to search for subject headings.
MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings and are the subject headings used in PubMed.
Keyword searching is how you typically search web search engines. Think of important words or phrases and type them in to get results.
Here are some key points about each type of search:
This video will show you how to search for your topic using the MeSH terms you identified previously.
The video above says that it can take a few weeks for articles to be assigned MeSH terms, but in fact, there is a 70% backlog over the last 5 years. That means that only 30% of articles published in the last 5 years have MeSH terms assigned to them. If you search using only MeSH terms and limit to articles published in the last 5 years, you're missing 70% of the relevant content.
In order to combat this, PubMed has adjusted their search algorithms so that when you search using a "natural language" keyword, it'll find the appropriate MeSH term (if there is one) as well.
This image gives an example of how using quotation marks, boolean operators, and MeSH terms can change your search results. Takeaway = there isn't one perfect search that will get you to the articles you need. You will have to search and make adjustments and search again.
Search the web for articles, books, theses, and other sources spanning many disciplines. Many results will be from scholarly sources. Access full-text articles from your search by selecting the FullText@NAU link. To see the FullText@NAU links in Google Scholar from any computer anywhere, link your Google Scholar account to NAU.
Article database covering the fields of nursing and allied health. CINAHL also includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets and Quick Lessons which provide concise overviews of diseases and conditions and outline the most effective treatment options.
Tip: In CINAHL the best way to search for information on a particular topic is to click on the "CINAHL Headings" (aka Thesaurus, Subject Headings) link above the search box(es). Articles have been assigned CINAHL Headings to assist users in finding articles on specific topics. Type your term or phrase in the search box and click to go to that term in the list. See example below: Nursing theory.
Tip: Select CINAHL Heading result if appropriate, for example, "Nursing Theory."
Tip: If there is not a CINAHL Heading, choose "Advanced Search" and enter your terms as keywords.
Tip: Select "Browse Additional Terms" to search for other CINAHL Headings for your topic. For example, leadership.
Tip: Place check marks next to both CINAHL Headings, change the default "or" to "and" and then click "Search Database." By selecting "and" the search results will contain both CINAHL Headings.
Tip: View results. When you find an article you are interested in, look for PDF Full-Text links, or "Check for Full Text" link. If it does not link to an article, then click "Request It."