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This page supports the teaching and learning needs of the School of Nursing in Bloomington.

Advanced Filters & Features

Once you run your search, you will see a list of results. Below are some tips to help filter out information you may not need.
  • Click the "peer-reviewed" button on the left-hand side to show resources that have been reviewed by other professionals in the field. Clicking this box will get rid of dissertations and popular literature (magazines, newspapers, etc.)
  • Pay attention to source type. You can specify whether you are looking for journal articles, books, dissertations, etc. Clicking "scholarly journals" will reduce the amount of resources to skim through. 
  • Publication date can also be important. If you are looking for recent literature, you would want to change the year range to reflect the last five years or so. However, if you are looking for theory literature or a historical look at a treatment, disease, etc. then an older range might make sense. 


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Other filters include: subject and classification (could be useful for identifying additional concepts), as well as population, age group, methodology, and language. A sample of methodology is attached below; this can be helpful if you are looking specifically for longitudinal studies, empirical, etc. 

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Tracing Literature Forward and Back 

Tracing the Literature Backwards

Did you find the perfect resource? One way to identify additional, related research is by looking at the reference list at the end of a journal article or book. Scholars oftentimes work within the same research realm and publish in the same area. Both PsycINFO and Google Scholar have cited by and reference lists. Click the references button to see a list of works cited within the paper or book. 

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Tracing the Literature Forwards

Similar to seeing references, you can also see who has recently cited the publication you initially found. The cited by function can be helpful for finding recent research or information. In the image above, you will see the "Cited by" link with a (4). Even though this article was published in 2018, four other publications have cited it in their references. Click on the link to see what those resources are and if they align with your own topic. Again, both PsycINFO and Google Scholar offer a cited by function. 
Additionally, the database Scopus can also be used to trace literature both backwards and forwards.