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Nursing: Journal Articles

 Article Lookup


Journal locator

To check if the BCIT library has the journal where the full text of an article is, follow the steps below:

1. In the search box below, enter the title of the journal the article is published in (not the article title). Click search. screen shot of the date range of a journal available at BCIT


2. If BCIT has the journal, check the date range (make sure it matches the year your article was published in) and click on the appropriate link.

3. Once you are in the journal, locate a search box (it's different for every journal), copy & paste the title of the article. Click search.screen shot of the search box within a journal title to locate the article you want

 4. If the full-text of the article is not available in a BCIT database use thebutton (it appears in the result list of your search, next to the citation/abstract), or request for interlibrary loan.


Databases can be discipline specific (such as MEDLINE or CINAHL), or multidisciplinary (such as Academic Search Complete or Proquest). Many contain full text material, some only the reference and abstract.

  • Use the databases listed on this page to begin your search for scholarly articles.
  • These resources allow you to search multiple journals at once for articles on your topic.
  • Most databases provide a limiter/filter option for peer-reviewed articles

Find more databases by browsing the database list by subject. Health Sciences databases.

 Resist the temptation to limit your initial search to full text only, unless you absolutely need the article immediately. You may miss citations for appropriate articles not found in that database but could be found through one of our other databases.

A search example with Limiters:

Pet therapy for stressed patients.

Brainstorming Keywords The words you type into the search box affect your search results. Not all authors use the same language to describe similar topics, so you will need to try a variety of searches.

  • Create a list of possible words that could appear in a book or article related to your topic of interest.
  • Come up with synonyms or related terms for those.
  • Stick to using 2-4 nouns when searching.



 "pet therapy" 


 “animal therap*" or “dog therap*” or "service animals"

 stress   OR   "stress reduction" or "stress management"   

*Click on image below to go to the CINAHL search.*

It is a good place to start your research. 

Google Scholar Search         


See below how to set up Google Scholar settings to find items held by the BCIT Library .

  • Click on Settings on the Google Scholar page
  • Click on Library Links in the left hand menu. 
  • Type 'BCIT' in the search bar and Tick the checkboxes
  • Then Save

Advanced Google Searching tips.

Videos on searching databases


Search for more BCIT ejournals here.

Journals contain collections of articles and are generally published on a regular basis (e.g. issues are released monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly etc.). They can be found via the Library databases link.

Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication. They:

  • provide highly focused information
  • can be the source for the latest material on a topic
  • can sometimes be one of the few (or only) sources of scholarly information on a topic

There are different types of of journals. Not all journals are suitable for your assignments.

Types of journal articles

BCIT Library. Scholarly vs Popular journals


Original research

Original research is a primary resource. These articles often include an introduction, methods, results and discussion sections.

Review articles

Review articles are secondary resources. They provide a comprehensive summary of research on a certain topic and often have an extensive list of references.

Not peer-reviewed


In a scholarly publication, the editorial summarises the contributions in the publication, providing a balance between opinion and synthesis.

Book reviews

Book reviews are written by scholars and provide a summary of a newly published book.