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Nursing Reference Center - Advanced Search - Guided Style

The Advanced Search with Guided Style Fields screen on Nursing Reference Center (NRC) displays three Find fields in which to enter search terms. Between each Find field are drop-down lists containing Boolean operators.

Nursing Process Limiters

You can clarify a search by using the Nursing Process Limiter checkboxes. The Nursing Process Limiters mirror the common process followed by most nursing professionals when delivering care to patients. The NRC Editorial Team has indexed NRC data according to the Nursing Process allowing nurses to precisely search for information according to a specific stage of patient care. You can select one or multiple Nursing Process Limiters to rapidly target applicable content.

nursing process limiters

To create an Advanced Search:

  1. In the first Find field, enter your search terms.

  2. Choose a field from the Select a Field drop-down list. (For example, select the Title field.)

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second set of Find fields.

  4. If necessary, select a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the Find field entries.

  5. You can enter another Boolean operator, keyword, and search field in the third set of boxes. If you need additional rows, click the Add row link. Up to 12 rows can be displayed. To delete a row, click the Remove row link.

    advanced search - guided style find fields

  6. To limit the search results, select one or more of the Nursing Process Limiter Checkbox options.  

    Note: If your institution subscribes to additional databases compatible with NRC (for example, CINAHL or MEDLINE), the Additional Databases drop down list box is available. To modify the selected databases, use the databases drop down list box.

    additional databases drop-down menu

  7. Select the document types that you want. If you want to find results for all document types (Quick Lessons, Patient Education, etc.), be sure they are all checked. If you want only specific document types (for example, only Drugs), uncheck the types that you don't want to include in the search.

  8. Use Limiters to narrow your search.  For example, 

    • Full Text – limits search results to full text articles.
    • Publication – limits search results to articles from a specific title. 
    • Publication Type – limits search results to the publication type selected in the list box. To select more than one publication type, hold down the Shift key while clicking the publication type selections.
  9. Use Expanders to broaden your search: 

    • Apply additional terms to query – expands search results by including synonyms and plurals of search terms.
    • Also search within the full text of the articles – expands search results by finding your term(s) within the full text of the articles.
    • Automatically “And” search terms – expands results by applying the AND operator between terms, e.g., typing space shuttle would give results for heart and monitor
  10. Click Search. A Result List is displayed. To view a specific source type (e.g., only Patient Education), click the applicable source-type tab.

    advanced search result list

    • If you click the Nursing Reference Center logo, you are returned to the Advanced Search Screen with all your search terms cleared.

    • If you click the Refine Search link, you are returned to Advanced Search with search terms, limiters and expanders remembered.

    • If you click the Advanced Search link, you are returned to Advanced Search with search terms, limiters and expanders cleared.

Notes:

  • If enabled by your NRC administrator, clustering of results is available when there are more than fifteen result list items. Clustered results are grouped by Subject and by Source.

  • The Advanced Search screen includes a Browse area allows you to browse through or search for Publications (by name) included in the NRC database. If your site subscribes to additional databases, you might see additional items, with different browse options available.

  • You can save searches and later retrieve them for reuse on the Advanced Search Screen. Before you can save searches, you must set up a personal account in NRC.

  • If you perform an Advanced Search with a CINAHL or MEDLINE database loaded, NRC also displays a Journals tab including those results.

  • If enabled by your administrator, clustering of results is available when there are more than fifteen result list items. Clustered results are grouped by Subject and by Source.