For your Week 4 discussion post you are asked to explore the Walden Library and find a peer-reviewed article related to your area of practice.
The goal of this guide is to help you navigate the Walden Library and find a peer-reviewed article on a nursing topic. You will learn:
If you'd like to refresh your basic search techniques using the Walden Library, please review the following:
This cover the basics of using the Walden Library and tips for effective searching in the nursing databases.
Video: Nursing and Health Library Research: Introduction (YouTube)
Recorded May 2021 (15 min 04 sec)
The Library offers a variety of resources geared specifically to nursing students. Here is how you can access them:
1. On the Library homepage, click the Research by Subject button.
2. Choose: Nursing.
3. This is the Library's main Nursing Research page. Here you can access:
Throughout your studies at Walden, you will be asked to find peer-reviewed articles on a number of different topics. If you are unfamiliar with what peer review is, please refer to our guide:
Many of the Library databases, including CINAHL Plus with Full Text, have a special box to check, also called a limiter, so that your searches return only peer-reviewed articles.
Here is a search that you can do in the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database to find peer-reviewed articles on a topic:
1. When you are on the Nursing Research page, scroll down until you see a section called Nursing articles, journals & books.
Note: For more information on accessing the Nursing Research page, please see the access nursing resources instructions above.
2. Click on Nursing databases and then click on the link for CINAHL Plus with Full Text to access the database.
Note: If you have not already logged in to the Library databases, you will be prompted to log in with your myWalden Portal user name and password.
3. Once you are in the database, go to the first search box and enter your topic. For example, you could enter:
Here is what your search boxes should look like:
4. To limit your results to only full-text, peer-reviewed articles, go below the search boxes and click in the boxes under Full Text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
Note: Many Library databases include citations for articles that they don't have in full text, meaning the full article isn't available. Limiting your results to only full text will ensure that all of the articles you find will be available.
5. Then click on the Search button to run your search.
6. That should give you a list of peer-reviewed articles on your topic.
7. Once you identify an article that looks interesting, click on the PDF Full Text link to open the article.
To limit your search results to English only, scroll down on the left side under Languages.
To learn more about picking appropriate keywords, please see our guide: