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Exploring the Use of Common Strict Search Criteria in Nursing Literature Searches.
journal contributionposted on 2023-04-22, 16:00 authored by Eleanor Shanklin Truex, Emily Spinner, Jean Hillyer, A'Llyn Ettien, Sarah Wade, Courtney Calhoun, Grace Wolf, Rebecca Hedreen, Layla Heimlich, Annie NickumAnnie Nickum, Susan VonderheidSusan Vonderheid
BACKGROUND: Health sciences librarians and nursing journal contributors have expressed concern about the impact of using strict parameters when searching the literature. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the use of strict search criteria (eg, 5-year rule, "nurse as author") by direct care nurses and nursing students. METHODS: Fourteen online focus groups were conducted with 54 participants: direct care nurses, health sciences librarians, nursing faculty, and nursing students. Nursing faculty and health sciences librarians were included as participants to add perspective to the origins and effects of the use of stringent search criteria. RESULTS: The majority of the nurses viewed the 5-year rule and nurse as author search limits favorably, while noting that a strict date range may hamper successful searching. Librarians viewed these search criteria more unfavorably but recognized the value of topic-appropriate search limits. CONCLUSION: Reliance on strict limits can be detrimental to pertinent results; however, appropriate use is essential for relevant results. Pedagogy focused on searching the nursing literature needs to emphasize that limits are tools to be used judiciously.
Publisher StatementThis article was originally published in Nurse Educator (2022) by Wolters Kluwer
CitationTruex, Eleanor Shanklin, Emily Spinner, Jean Hillyer, Sarah Wade, Courtney Calhoun, Grace Wolf, Rebecca Hedreen, Layla Heimlich, Annie Nickum, and Susan C. Vonderheid. "Exploring the Use of Common Strict Search Criteria in Nursing Literature Searches." Nurse Educator (2022): 10-1097.. https://doi.org/10.1097/nne.0000000000001353