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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.

A Bit About Google Scholar

Google Scholar might seem like the best collection of information to search, but it still has limitations.  Be aware:

  • While some library databases are interdisciplinary, many are discipline specific and deep--whereas Google Scholar tends to be broad and shallow.
  • Library databases provide multiple means of sorting results, Google Scholar does not.
  • Library databases provide multiple means of refining searches.  Google Scholar does not.
  • Library databases are indexed by professionals and/or AI; Google Scholar 's metadata depends upon the source.

  • Predatory Journals are likely to be found within Google Scholar, but rarely in PubMed and CINAHL.  

  • “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.”
  • Active, peer-reviewed scholarly journals have been increasing by about 2% a year and the number of articles published has been increasing over 5% each year--and academic publishing is a formidable industry estimated to be worth over $28 billion. (International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers. (2022) STM Global Brief 2021 – Economics & Market Size.)
  • Anyone can purchase a domain and build a website--you, too, can be your very own predatory publisher--Yikes!

Quotation and Illustration ( David Parkins) from

Dr. Thanavaro listed w/o permission as editor of predatory journal

At least link to SLU Libraries...