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Nursing: NUR 101: Issues and Opportunities in Nursing


Welcome to the NUR 101 guide! If you'd like help with your assignment for this class, please don't hesitate to reach out to your librarian, Jen Bonnet ( I'd love to work with you!

Search CINAHL for Peer Reviewed Articles

1. Start by going to Advanced Search, and entering a topic of interest to you.

CINAHL search for "hand washing" AND "infection control" AND COVID-19

2. Apply limits relevant to your assignment, like:

  • change the Published Date range to the last five years
  • check the Peer Reviewed box
  • scroll to the Journal Subset pull-down menu and click Nursing in order to search for journals within the Nursing field alone.

3. Run your search.

4. Scroll through your results and see what sparks your interest or suggests new ways to search on your topic.

5. Check out these tips for reading and understanding research articles as you complete your article review.

What are Peer Reviewed Articles?

What are peer-reviewed articles (also known as "refereed" articles)?

  • Usually published in scholarly journals
  • Well-researched original articles on specialized topics written by scholars
  • Author affiliation and contact details are provided
  • There is typically an abstract at the beginning of peer-reviewed articles
  • Contain in-text citations and a list of references at the end
  • May include charts, tables, graphs, and other statistical data
  • Use subject-specific language that include technical terms unique to the field
  • Subjected to intense critiques by a team of subject specialists who are peers of the author(s)

Not sure if the journal article you've found is peer-reviewed?

  • You can search the Serials Directory for your journal title (note: not all journals are listed there).
  • You can search for the journal on the open web and see if there's an explicit mention of peer review for submissions. The American Journal of Nursing is an example. 
  • And, you can always ask a librarian for help!

3 Polls!

I would like to work with people who are
Infants, children, or adolescents: 68 votes (58.62%)
Adults, ages 19-64: 28 votes (24.14%)
Older adults, age 65+: 5 votes (4.31%)
I have another preference or no preference: 15 votes (12.93%)
Total Votes: 116


In academic publishing, the 'peers' in peer review are
Students in a specific program: 40 votes (38.1%)
Journalists on a specific beat: 6 votes (5.71%)
Experts in a specific field: 56 votes (53.33%)
Legislators on a specific committee: 3 votes (2.86%)
Total Votes: 105


How much experience do you have reading peer reviewed articles?
No experience yet: 26 votes (24.76%)
A little bit: 62 votes (59.05%)
More than a little, but not a ton: 16 votes (15.24%)
I could teach a class on peer reviewed articles: 1 votes (0.95%)
Total Votes: 105

Citing Sources in APA

Below, you'll find an example of how to cite a journal article in APA style. First you'll see the elements that are required of the citation, followed by an example of what it looks like for an actual work. If you're not sure how to cite something, look at the APA 7th Edition Guidelines, ask your instructor, and/or ask a librarian!

Journal article

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue

number), pages.


Peters, A., Lotfinejad, N., Simniceanu, A., & Pittet, D. (2020). The economics of infection prevention:

Why it is crucial to invest in hand hygiene and nurses during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Journal of Infection, 81(2), 318–356. 

Note: there may not be an issue number or a doi assigned to an article you find, so leave them out if they do not exist.

Here's more on citing journal articles from the APA website.

Want Some Help?

Reach out to your Nursing librarian, Jen Bonnet, at, with your research questions! I look forward to working with you.

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