Remember that each database will use a thesaurus for subject terms. Using the assigned subject terms will allow for better search results.
You can find a CINAHL Subject Headings link on the top toolbar of the CINAHL search environment.
If you are having trouble finding articles on your topic, type in your keyword to see if there is a suggested synonymous term. Some terms are easy to guess upon. For instance, the CINAHL Thesaurus will recommend that you use "hypertension" instead of "high blood pressure" or "myocardial infarction" instead of "heart attack" or "neoplasms" instead of "cancer".
Some terms can be a little tricky to guess upon so take advantage of this tool.
The PubMed Database also maintains a thesaurus of subject terms. It is referred to as MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and is possibly the most widely used thesaurus in the medical field.
To locate the MeSH subject heading list, click on the PubMed database link and then click on the pull down arrow just adjacent to the PubMed Database label on the opening page.
Here's an example: MeSH recommends that you use "Epistaxis" instead of "nose bleed"
If you are still having trouble with identifying the proper search terms for your assignment, please remember to contact me, Dell Davis or any UIW librarian.
Scholarly Information is:
What does a scholarly article look like? Explore this easy-to-understand guide, Anatomy of a Scholarly Article. Click on the colored boxes to learn about the components you are likely to find in scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.