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Nursing and Allied Health: Step 2: Selecting Sources

Guide to NUS Libraries' Resources for Nursing

Step 2: Selecting Sources

Selecting Sources (2 parts)

This series of videos introduce the library subscribed databases for subject specific topics:

  • Cochrane Library (CENTRAL)

Searching the Cochrane Library (2019)

A short video by Cochrane Library demonstrating the search features of the Cochrane Library.

  • PubMed

PubMed searching (2019)

This video by Dalhousie Libraries shows how to search PubMed using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and Keywords.

  • Embase

Using PICO (2020)

This video demonstrates on how to search using PICO option; EMTREE Terms

Searching Embase systematically (2016)

This short video will show you how to search Embase using the advanced search and the MeSH thesaurus. How to use boolean, phrase search and proximity operators as well as how to combine searches for more precise results.


Advanced Searching Tutorial (2018)

This tutorial by EBSCOhost demonstrates the advanced searching features of the suite of CINAHL databases on EBSCOhost.

  • PsycINFO

​Using PsycINFO (2020)

In this tutorial by University of Minnesota Libraries covers how to break the search down into component pieces, and how to search for each piece using PsycINFO's official terminology and limits as well as how to combine the search terms using AND and OR.

  • Scopus

Scopus Tutorials 

Scopus tutorials provide a visual and audio tour of Scopus and its functions. The tutorials are also found in the relevant FAQs in the Scopus Support Center.

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Searching in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (2019)

This brief video by Utah State University Libraries will give you a look on how to search for dissertations and theses and research in general using ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.

Part 1 –Introduction to the sources of information

Power Point slides for the Part 1 video


List of Resources/Libguides being mentioned in this video:

Systematic reviews require a thorough, objective and reproducible search of a range of sources to identify as many eligible studies as possible (within resource limits).

The three bibliographic databases generally considered to be the most important sources to search for reports of trials are CENTRAL, MEDLINE (Halladay et al 2015, Sampson et al 2016) and Embase (Woods and Trewheellar 1998, Sampson et al 2003, Bai et al 2007).

Part 2 –Introduction to the databases

Power Point slides for the Part 2 video


List of Resources/Libguides being mentioned in this video:

NUS Libraries Systematic Reviews guide provides an overview of where to search for Systematic Review.