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How You Can Use This Guide

Use this guide to get research advice & convenient links to the most useful information sources for supporting NSG 400: "Theoretical Components of Nursing" (a wider range of resources supporting the more advanced nursing research courses in your program are provided through the library's "Nursing Research Guide" and "Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Research Guide").

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This guide may help you with the following:

  • Choosing a nursing concept: Explore different information types & sources to help you identify a nursing concept that is meaningful and interesting to you, while also lending itself to an exploration of its meaning, interpretation and use in different settings and contexts.
  • Exploring definitions and variations in meaning: Use online encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks & guides to explore the breadth and scope of meaning for your concept across different disciplines, professions, practice areas, philosophies, cultures, or demographic groups.
  • Discovering the significance of your nursing concept: Use the library catalog and research databases to discover the significance of your chosen concept within the context of nursing, health care, or the health or well-being of specific groups of people.
  • Using diverse information sources: Explore how your theoretical nursing interests are represented in books, academic journals, magazines, and works of a more creative, narrative or literary nature. 
  • Identifying empirical referents: Refine your searches to find materials describing how the attributes of your nursing concept can be identified, validated or measured.
  • Finding materials connecting nursing theory & practice: Explore nursing theory-practice relationships through journal articles, books, and video materials--including recorded interviews with prominent nursing practitioners and theoreticians. 

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