Ovid is an excellent resource for nurses, in particular because we have set it up so that you are only searching through what we have full-text, and it only houses nursing journals.
Be careful searching through Ovid, though, because many of these nursing journals are not scholarly, peer-reviewed journals - they are trade journals, meaning they're written by nurses, but they're not generally describing a study done and they don't go through the same peer-review process. So be sure to ask your professors if these articles are appropriate for the assignment.
You will automatically be brought to the Basic Searching page if you get to Ovid from anywhere on our websites. If you're just looking to browse articles on your topic without much concern for specificity, you may want to use the Basic Search function. The Basic Search page looks like this:
From here, type in your search term into the box.
Directly below the search box, you can choose to include multimedia, as well as articles with related terms (this box is checked by default).
You can limit your search by:
When you're ready, hit the blue "Search" button! Your results will appear directly below the search box.
If you want to do an advanced search, do NOT click on the "advanced search" tab! This is exactly the same search box as the Basic Search.
INSTEAD, click on "Multi-Field Searching", and you'll see a page that looks like this:
Once you've hit search, scroll down a little and your screen will look something like this:
Results are in the center of the page, with each article being separated by a thin gray line. Without even clicking into the article you can see the citation information read the abstract (if available), download the article PDF, or save it into a folder (if you're logged in with a personal account).
To see the full article without downloading it, click on the blue title of the article you'd like to read.
To limit and modify your results, use the categories on the left (outlined in red above).
All of the articles in Ovid are full-text, so you don't have to worry about using Interlibrary Loan here! To read the full article, click on the blue linked title. You page will look like this:
To download this article:
To email, print, or save your article, use the labeled links on the right side of the page.
At the very top of the page is a picture of the journal followed by citation information like journal/publication, volume, date published, page numbers. Copyright information is also in this part of the page.
The title is in large bolded letter below the citation information. The author name(s) appear directly below the title.
Below the title and author names is the abstract (if available), and then the full article
Use the "Find Citing Articles" and "Find Similar Articles" to see more articles about the same topic. Citing articles are articles that use the one you've found as a reference, and similar articles are articles about related topics.