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NURS MSN NP School of Nursing Library Instruction Session Spring 2024

Library resources to support the M.S.N. Online degree program at SLU's Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing.

Basic Keyword Search Techniques


Keyword searching is used by internet search engines, databases, and the library catalog, although there are some differences in how such searches function. Keep in mind that the search will find matches for specific terms, not concepts. 

Most search engines' algorithms take into account the term order.  Library databases do not!  Databases also have much more advanced searching--including subject searching.  A database search will search for EXACT character string matches (PubMed is an exception.)

Check out the menu "sub-page" buttons under Search Strategies for some basic search functionalities common to library resource keyword searching.  We will look at these more fully in the recommended databases.

IMPORTANT:  Databases search the database record of the article (title, abstract, authors, etc.). Most do not search within the full text of the articles.