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NUR 206 Scholarly Writing for the Healthcare Professional

Sample Search Strategy

Stated research topic:
 If an ICU has an oral hygiene protocol in place, does this result in a lower incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia?     

oral hygiene protocol
ventilator associated pneumonia

Terms for searching:
ICU* OR "intensive care unit*"
"oral hygiene"  
"ventilator associated pneumonia"

Types of publications to use:
Journal Articles - Peer Reviewed, English language, Evidence-based, Publication date ≤ 5 years old (for currency)

Databases to use:



  • Truncate words to retrieve variant endings of a word such as ICU or ICUs
  • Put quotation marks around phrases to search words together as a phrase

Sample Search

Sample CINAHL Search