Database Search

Database Search

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PubMed @ CSUSM

The premier database of world biomedical literature on clinical medicine and preclinical research. Medline provides a more user-friendly interface, but less updated content.

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CINAHL Complete

CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, provides indexing for articles from 5,400 journals in the fields of nursing and allied health. This database provides full text access to more than 1,300 journals dating back to 1937.

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Social Work Abstracts

This database provides access to social work and human services journals from 1965 to the present. Topics include addictions, therapy, child and family welfare, civil and legal rights, mental health, education, and human services.

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Google Scholar CSUSM

Link to citations and full-text from your CSUSM Library databases and beyond!

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PsycINFO

Available via EbscoHost: A comprehensive international database of psychology, covering the academic, research, and practice literature in psychology from over 45 countries in more than 30 languages.

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Social Services Abstracts

Abstracts of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

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Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

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Tips for the search!

 

1) Generating keywords

  • think of more than one way to discuss your topic and use a variety of terms/synonyms to search
    • ("academic achievement" OR "academic performance") AND (coping OR resilience)
  • look up your topic online to find more keywords (wikipedia is a great resource for this!)

 

2) Boolean Operators

  • AND - returns literature that includes both terms
  • OR - returns literature that includes either terms
  • NOT - excludes literature with the term


Image of venn diagrams displaying boolean logic examples.

 

3) Truncation

  • putting an asterisk at the root of a term will return variations of word
  • tour*  =  tour, tours, tourist, tourism, toured

 

4) Parenthesis

  • use parentheses around synonyms for the same concept
  • (coping OR resilience) AND stress AND (program* OR treatment)

 

5) Controlled Vocab

  • The "subjects" attached to each result represent the controlled vocab for that database
  • USE THESE TERMS!

 

6) Still not getting good results?

Research Help Videos

Research Help Videos

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Searching the PubMed Database 

The 3 videos below provide a brief introduction to using the database, PubMed. Always remember to enter the PubMed database through links on the CSUSM Library Website to ensure you will be connected to the full text articles available.

Want to learn more about PubMed? Review this tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.

If you have questions, contact your librarian!

Accessing Pubmed and Getting Full-text Articles

 

Searching PubMed: MeSH Subject Headings and Filtering Results

 

Searching PubMed: Finding Literature Reviews and Requesting Articles through Interlibrary Loan

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Overview

The 3 videos below provide a brief introduction to using the nursing and allied health database, CINAHL. Always remember to enter CINAHL through links on the CSUSM Library website to ensure you will be connected to the full text articles available.

If you have questions, contact your librarian!

Finding articles in CINAHL: The basics of searching and accessing articles. 

Searching by CINAHL Subject Headings: Focused searching using Subject Headings.

Database Comparison: Highlights the differences between CINAHL, Google Scholar, and PubMed. Covers when to use each database and why. 

 

Books

Books

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Books often provide a broader treatment of a topic or issue. A book on the issue you are studying can provide background and a base of knowledge. A research project always needs some sort of background or context before discussing the focused issue.

Library Catalog - Find physical and online books at Cal State San Marcos. 
 
You can also request books from other libraries through CSU+ and InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  

In order to place a request:

  • Start your search in OneSearch.
  • When you locate an item you want to request, click the "Get it through CSU+" link, which will prompt you to sign in with your CSUSM credentials in order to place the request.  
  • If the CSU+ link is not visible, that means that a CSU library doesn't hold the item, but you can still request it through ILL by clicking the "Get it through Interlibrary Loan" link.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) enables CSUSM Library to borrow materials from libraries all over the world.  ILL can take slightly longer than CSU+ for materials to be received (up to 7-12 days).

Screenshot of the OneSearch interface for a book called "Systems engineering for microscale and nanoscale technologies" highlighting the "Get it through CSU+ (2-3 days for delivery)" link

I need to find specific materials that I can't always find in OneSearch - no CSU has them.  How will I find them and request them?

If you cannot locate materials you need in OneSearch, try WorldCat.  WorldCat is a database of library books and materials held at thousands of libraries worldwide.  When you find a book you are interested in through WorldCat, use the "GetIt! @ San Marcos" link to check if the item is available at CSUSM, or the "Request through Interlibrary Loan" to send the item information to CSUSM's ILL system to place the request.

Screenshot of WorldCat.org web showing embedded ILL request buttons for a book called "the practitioner's guide to user experience design"

Important note: Off-campus, you must use the link to WorldCat from the Library's Research Databases by Title list and login as a CSUSM user when prompted in order to seamlessly place requests from WorldCat through CSUSM ILL.  This is because when you are on campus, WorldCat knows you are a CSUSM user; but off-campus, you will need to login in order to be identified as a CSUSM user and see CSUSM's custom ILL links in WorldCat.

You can also directly fill out a request form for any items you need using the Library's ILL request form.

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Finding Books in the Library

  1. Search the catalog to find a book.
  2. Make sure the item you want is available.
  3. Write down the call number (e.g. HQ 342.29 2007).
  4. Find the location of the book.
  5. Proceed to the location of the book (e.g. REF, 4th Floor Stacks). Look for the call number labels at the end of each row of bookcases, near the top.

You can use the item in the library OR check it out at the 3rd floor Check Out Desk with your student ID.

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Searching for books by Subject Headings

  • Subject headings are words and phrases specifically created to tell you what a book is about.
  • They are the controlled vocabulary of the catalog.

One way to search by subject headings is to begin with a keyword search in the library catalog.

  • Locate a relevant item and click details to view the record.
  • Click one of the links under "Subjects" to view a list of other items that have been assigned the same subject heading. 

This image shows the details of a book record in the catalog. The subject headings of the book are highlighted. These headings can help to revise a search strategy.

What's the difference between searching by keyword and searching by subject headings?

Keyword Searching
  • Searching by keyword will return all results that include your search terms anywhere in the item record.
  • It is a more broad, less focused search.

This image shows an example of a keyword search. 21 results are found with the following search: (veterans ptsd).

Subject Searching
  • Searching by subject will only return those results that have been tagged with that specific word or phrase as a subject heading.
  • It will result in a more focused search.

This image shows a subject search. The title of the subject heading is (Veterans Mental Health Services United States). Subject searches can return more relevant results.

Statistics

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Professional Resources

Professional Resources

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Organizations related to Palliative Care

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) - tools, training, technical assistance, and connection for all clinicians caring for people with a serious illness

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) - ongoing inspiration, practice guidance, and legislative representation to hospice and palliative care providers so they can enrich experiences for patients and ease caregiving responsibilities and emotional stress for families

CaringInfo (NHPCO) - provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis

National Palliative Care Research Center - committed to stimulating, developing, and funding research directed at improving care for seriously ill patients and their families

Hospice Foundation of America - improving access, care and knowledge about hospice, grief and loss

Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving - provides services and support to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments

 

Professional Associations related to Palliative Care

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

European Association for Palliative Care

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Alzheimer's Association 

Association for Death Education and Counseling

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

American Cancer Society

 

Grants & Funding

Grants & Funding

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General Funding Resources

  • Pivot - *CSUSM only.* Pivot contains information on available grants, awards, fellowships, from federal/non-federal, corporate/private foundation, and international funding sources.
  • Federal Grants - Find and apply for federal grants at grants.gov.
  • Book: The Foundation Directory  Location: Library Reference (3rd Floor)  AS911.A2 F65
  • Book: Annual Register of Grant Support  Location: Library Reference (3rd Floor)  AS911.A2 A67
  • Foundation Center  Use this resource to find funders. Locate basic information by organization name, contact information and 990 IRS returns. Contains statistics on foundation and grant activity, search for RFP announcements for calls for grant applications. 
  • The Grantsmanship Center  Lists funding sources by state.
  • Guidestar  Use this website to find foundations and non-profit organizations that are interested in programs like yours. You will have to go separately afterwards to the organizations' websites to see what granting opportunities they offer. To find relevant foundations and organizations, click on "Take Action for Your Favorite Causes" and select the issue your program deals with.

Local Funding Resources

 

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Health-Related Grants

 

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Nursing-Related Grants