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NUR 101: Issues & Opportunities: Home


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 clicking on the link to CINAHL above, 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 if there are terms/concepts that suggest 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!

How to Read A Research Article

Reading Nursing Research: Easy as ABCD This article introduces a straightforward method for analyzing research studies, aimed at school nurses but applicable to nursing research more broadly.

Check out this Infographic on How to Read Scientific Papers for some helpful guidance.

3 Polls!

I would like to work with people who are
Infants, children, or adolescents: 62 votes (62%)
Adults, ages 19-64: 20 votes (20%)
Older adults, age 65+: 2 votes (2%)
I have another preference or no preference: 16 votes (16%)
Total Votes: 100


In academic publishing, the 'peers' in peer review are
Students in a specific program: 39 votes (41.49%)
Journalists on a specific beat: 1 votes (1.06%)
Experts in a specific field: 54 votes (57.45%)
Legislators on a specific committee: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 94


How much experience do you have reading peer reviewed articles?
No experience yet: 13 votes (13%)
A little bit: 63 votes (63%)
More than a little, but not a ton: 22 votes (22%)
I could teach a class on peer reviewed articles: 2 votes (2%)
Total Votes: 100

Citing Sources in APA

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