Finding nursing theory based articles can be quite difficult. The pages below have collected information about nursing theories and theorists and may be a good place to start your search.
Try the strategies in the text boxes below to increase the likelihood of discovering the articles you need.
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Here are some ideas for searching CINAHL for nursing theories:
If you are searching PubMed, you can use the same process to find nursing theory articles. The MeSH subject headings in PubMed are Nursing Theory or Nursing Model - combine them with OR plus distinctive words from the theory name for the best results.
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If you are using a theory that is not from the nursing literature, you may need to look in other databases for relevant articles. You can look in the database thesaurus for subject headings for the theory, or try the theory name in quotation marks as a keyword search.
For educational theories, try the ERIC database.
For behavioral or educational theories, try the PsycINFO database.