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Phlebotomy Technician: Nursing & Allied Health Source sample searches

Sample Searches

Basic Search

1.    You are looking for information about the role of nursing in World War II.

  • Type nurs* AND “world war II” into the Basic Search box or use the widget on the left.  

NOTE: The widget will only work if you are already authenticated to your organization’s ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source (PQNAHS) account. If it does not work, please login through your organization’s library to access PQNAHS directly. If you have questions about accessing your ProQuest databases, please contact your local librarian.

NOTE: The asterisk (*) is the truncation character and is used to find word variations such as nurse or nursing.

NOTE: Put quotation marks around phrases like “world war II” in order to search for these words as exact phrases.

  • Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Narrow results by feature or the Proximity operator.
  • From the Narrow results by and the Source Type limit, select to view Dissertations.
  • Also from the Narrow results by, go to the Date limit and drag the first gray handle over toward the right side of the bar chart to limit your search to more recent items. Drag the handle over to search on items published from 2006 – present and click update.
  • Go to the top of the results page to the Sort results by pull-down menu (just above the Narrow results by) and resort your items by Date (most recent first) and click Sort.
  • To begin reviewing your results, hover over the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Citation & Abstract link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.

NOTE: NEAR/n is the proximity search operator, which looks for documents that contain two search terms, in any order, within a specified number of words apart. Replace 'n' with a number. In the example, 5 means within 5 words.

Try running your search again replacing using the proximity operator, like: nurs* WITHIN/5 “world war II”

Advanced Search

1.    You want to find articles on palliative care in journals related to the elderly.

  • Click the Advanced tab to access this area.
  • Type "palliative care" in the first search box and select Subject heading (all) from the drop-down menu.

NOTE: Alternatively, click the Look up to search for the Subject term “nutrition”.

  • In the second row, type gerontolog* in the first box and geriatric* in the second search box; select Publication Title from the drop-down menu.
  • Click Search

2.    You want to set up a monthly alert to receive links to peer-reviewed journal articles about breast cancer and risk factors when they are added to ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source.

  • Click the Advanced tab to access this area.
  • Type breast cancer AND risk factors in the first search box and select Subject heading (all) from the drop-down menu.
  • Under the Search options, tick the box for peer-reviewed.
  • Click Search.
  • Click Create Alert on the results page.
  • Complete alert options.

NOTE: Alternatively, on the search results page, click Create RSS feed if you prefer the alert be added to your RSS reader.

3.    You want to find all articles related to nutrition on low weight birth.

  • Click the Advanced tab to access this area.
  • Select MeSH subject – MeSH from the drop-down menu and click on Look up MeSH subjects
  • Search for low birth weight and select Infant, Extremely Low Birth Weight and click Add to search
  • In the second row, type nutrition in the first box and feed* in the second search box; select All fields (no full text) - ALL from the drop-down menu.
  • Click Search

NOTE: By selecting All fields (no full text) - ALL, you are narrowing your search to all record data, but not the full text.

Figures & Tables

1.    You want to find tables or figures about euthanasia and its relationship with ethics or moral

  • Click the Figures & Tables tab to access this area.
  • Type euthanasia AND (ethic* or moral*)
  • Click Search.
  • Click on any of the tables or figures to go to the object record and “Save to presentation”.

NOTE: You can export an image or a set of images to PowerPoint, including all the citation details associated with each image, by clicking the Save to presentation link. You can save individual images to a presentation from the Search Results and Document View. If you want to save more than one image associated with a parent record, you can save all the images to My Research and click Save to presentation from there.


1.    You want to see a pre-selected set of articles for Practical Nurses about developmental disorders in the field of pediatrics for an assignment.

  • Click the Browse tab to access this area.
  • Select Practical Nursing under the Study Paths section.
  • Type developmental disorders in the Find Topics box (or expand Tree Topics to discover)
  • Click on View Documents.

2.    You want to find videos on the emotions about aging

  • Click the Browse tab to access this area.
  • Select Video Training Programs and Training Resources section.
  • Expand Aging: The natural Process > Emotions

NOTE: View video content using the player embedded in the Video Document View page; if you want to view the video at full screen size, click the Full screen icon to the right of the video player window. You can also download the video in different formats using the appropriate Format links. The following formats are available:

.flv - suitable for use with Macromedia Flash player

.mov - suitable for use with Apple’s QuickTime media player, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player 7 and above

.mp4 - suitable for use with Apple’s QuickTime media player or RealPlayer


1.    You want to find books which title includes the term nursing.

  • Click the Publications tab to access this area.
  • Type nursing and select “In title” in the drop-down menu
  • From the Narrow Publications list, select to view Books.

NOTE: Notice all books are split into chapters for an easier use for research.


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