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Library Resources for MSN Students: Choosing keywords

This guide provides information on how best to utilize library resources throughout your MSN program at the College of Nursing.

Sample Research Inquiry

How do nurses support health literacy needs in rural areas?

P = nurses; health literacy

I  = none

C = none

O = none

T = none

S = rural

Concept Tables

Using concept tables can help you to group keywords, synonyms, and related terms within a concept group. If I have three concept groups, for instance, then I start with a table of 2 rows and 4 columns (see below).

  Concept 1:
Concept 2:
Health literacy
Concept 3:
Rural areas
Keywords Nurse
"Nursing personnel"
"Health literacy" Rural
"Rural areas"
"Rural health centers"

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