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REA 112hp - Downtown - Annotated Bibliography: 2. Scholarly or Professional Article

Find a peer reviewed article related to your career

1. Open MegaSearch and pre-limit your search

  • Click Advanced Search (under the search boxes)
  • Scroll down to the list of Disciplines
  • Checkmark Nursing & Allied Health
  • Click Search.
  • Under Limit to (at left), checkmark Scholarly journals (peer reviewed)
  • Click Search.

2. Enter a word or phrase for your main topic


  • Radiology
  • Radiolog*                         (This finds all words that begin this way)
  • "Obstetric nursing" (Enclose a multi-word term in quotations)
  • "Obstetric nurs*"   

3. Add a focus topic in a new box.

Add a word or a phrase.

If you have two ways to name your concept, put them both in, joined by the word "or".

4. Review the article for relevance and length.

  • Consider the title.
  • Check the date.
  • Check the number of pages.
  • Does this article have a PDF version? This is best.

5. Open the full record for details

  • Open the record by clicking the title.
  • Briefly note the authors, the journal (or source), and the subject terms
  • Read the abstract! This is a summary of the article.
  • Open the full text (to the left of the title)

6. Email an article to yourself with an APA citation.

  • Open the full record
  • Click the Email icon (at right)
  • Important: Write a descriptive Subject line for your future self!
    • Example: !!! How simulations affect maternity nurses' careers
  • Make sure to select APA citation format.
    • You'll receive the citation, a permalink to the record, and  all full text versions of the article.