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Nursing Reference Center - Advanced Search - Single Find Field

The Nursing Reference Center (NRC) Advanced Search Single Find screen offers keyword searching, search history and limiters to help you focus your search. Your institution's administrator determines the style of Advanced Search screen you see.

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.

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To create an Advanced Search:

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

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  2. 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 dropdown list box is available. To modify the selected databases, use the Additional Databases drop down list box.

  3. Select the document types that you want. If you want to find results for all document types (Evidence-Based Care Sheets, 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.

  4. 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.
  5. Use Expanders to broaden your search:

    • Apply additional terms to query – expands search results by including synonyms and plurals of your 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 heart disease would give results for heart and disease.
  6. Click Search. A Result List is displayed.

    The default Result List source-type tab is Quick Lessons. If Quick Lessons are not available for the terms searched, the All Results tab is displayed. To view a specific source type (e.g., only Drugs), click the source-type tab.

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  • 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.

  • 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 you apply the Publication date from limiter and Latest Revision date is present on a paper, it will be searched instead of Original Document date.