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Yuma Nursing Library Resources: Starting your research

This guide is primarily for nursing students at NAU-Yuma and Tucson campuses

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Formulating your research question

Before you can start searching, you need to know what to search!  So, you need to create a research question.  What do you want to learn?  Your assignment is to research and provide information and resources on what an RN should consider when providing culturally sensitive care to a member of an ethnic group.

Focus on your topic and country.  Clue:  make certain there is enough information to answer the questions needed for your assignment.  You will use the tools under Scholarly Resources for your searching.  Your topics could be one of the following:

  • AIDS/HIV or other communicable diseases (malaria & parasitic diseases, Influenza, Ebola, meningitis)
  • Access to Health Care
  • Nutrition (Diabetes, obesity, malnutrition)
  • Poverty 
  • Conflict and violence impacts on health care
  • Health Education 

Once you have your topic, country, and research question resolved, now brainstorm about keywords from your question.  What are the terms you wish to search.

Other research resources

Understanding Research for Nursing Students by Peter Ellis, from Sage Publishing - 9 Podcasts

BMJ Blogs, a selection of topical blogs from BMJ Publishing (British Medical Journal)

Reading stuff

Astroth, & Hain, D. (2019). Disseminating scholarly work through nursing presentationsNephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association46(5), 545–549.

Late, E., Tenopir, C., Talja, S., & Christian, L. (2019). Reading practices in scholarly work: From articles and books to blogsJournal of Documentation75(3), 478–499.

Katz, A. (2019). Social Media and scholarly publication: What is the connection? Oncology Nursing Forum46(5), 517–518.


Video: Nursing Research: Formulating Your Question Using PICO