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NUR 507 - Transition to Graduate Nursing Practice

This guide has been developed for students in NUR 507, to assist with using nursing databases and for assistance with the literature search in the course.

Getting Started with Research


The Shapiro Library’s collections provide knowledge-based resources essential to the academic endeavors of the SNHU community. Here are three main ways that you can get started using our databases, resources and tools. 

  1. Start your research in the Multi-Search database search box on the homepage of the library

    • Watch the Video Tutorial on a Multi-Search Overview

    • The Multi-Search searches across library resources including the physical and electronic collections of books/ ebooks, articles, databases, videos, and reference resources

    • Type a keyword or two into the the Multi-Search search box and search the many  books, e-books,  journals, magazines, newspapers and, reports in our collection. You may limit your search by content type, subject or publication date.

    • HINT: When searching in the Multi-Search, look for the recommended databases at the top of the search results page.

  2. Continue your research in the A-Z Database List using subject specific databases

    • Watch the Find Databases video tutorial

    • You can sort the databases per subject to get to the most relevant database for your research topic.

    • HINT: Some of our databases are not searchable through the Multi-Search or only a portion is discoverable. Go directly into the databases for the most in-depth searches in subject areas.

  3. Find a specific journal, magazine or newspaper by using our Periodical Finder

    • You can search by title or browse alphabetically.

    • This options searches both print and electronic journals held by Shapiro Library.