Nursing Full-Text Journal Collection (Ovid)

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Welcome to the Nursing Full-Text Journal Collection by Ovid search guide. The Ovid database is a fantastic resource for nursing students! This guide will walk you through each part of setting up a search and navigating your results.

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Accessing the Databases

Access Ovid from the IRSC Libraries homepage by first selecting Databases by Subject on the right-hand menu.

Databases by Subject on the right-hand menu

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Accessing Ovid

Next click on Nursing.

Click Nursing from the list of subjects

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Scroll down until you see the yellow "Best Bets!" box. Click on Ovid Nursing Full-Text Journal Collection.

Scroll to the Best Bets! box

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You should now see a MyPioneerPortal login screen. Enter your MyPioneerPortal credentials. You'll enter your full RiverMail email address in the first field and then the password you use for MyPioneerPortal/RiverMail in the second field.

 Enter your MyPioneerPortal credentials

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Setting Up a Search

Once in the database, you will need to enter some keywords related to the topic you are studying. You will also limit your search (for most IRSC nursing assignments) to the last five years AND original articles. 

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This search will find information on your topic in any American nursing journals available in the Ovid database that were published in the past five years and are primary research/original studies. If you are not required to find an original research article, do not limit to Original Articles. 

Click Search and you will see the articles appear below the search boxes.

Understanding your Results

On the screen below the search boxes, your results are available by scrolling down. You will notice your search terms are highlighted.

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You have several options in order to see the full-text of the article. Click on Ovid Full-Text or Article as PDF to read the entire article. You may e-mail the article to yourself by clicking on Email Jumpstart which appears as a link above the full-text of the article.

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Export APA Style Citations

The Ovid database will export your selected results as APA style citations by following these steps:

1. Click in the box(es) next to the article(s) you want. 

2. Click the Export hyperlink at the top of the results page.

3. In the pop-up that appears, change your citation style from Ovid to APA.

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4. Click Export Citation(s). The default is to export the citation into Microsoft Word. You will then be able to save the reference list to your computer. You will want to look at the citations and fix them for any mistakes. For example, the term references at the top of the list should be centered on the page. There are extraneous links below the APA style citation. You would also have to format the reference correctly using Times New Roman, 12-point font and italicize where needed.

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All the journals within the Nursing Full-Text Journal Collection (Ovid) are published in the United States. You need to verify the authors' credentials if you need articles written by a nurse. The article will give the authors' credentials after their names. 


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