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Surgical Technology: Finding Articles

Why Use Articles?

Current Professional Journal Research Articles

Use current professional journal research articles to answer foreground questions. A foreground question is specific and relevant to a clinical issue that, when answered, provides evidence for clinical decision making.

Use the 4A process to answer foreground questions: Ask, Acquire, Appraise, and Attribute

Identifying Research Journals

Research Journals and Peer Review

If you are asked to find Evidence Based articles, your instructor wants you to review research studies to find supportive evidence of best practices.

When determining whether to use a information from a specific journal, find out whether the journal publishes research articles, and what areas they primarily publish in.

See if the journal undergoes a peer-review evaluation of the articles submitted to them before they are accepted for publication. Learn about Peer Review in 3 Minutes from the NCSU Libraries.

In Ebsco databases, click on the journal title in the Source field for a description of the journal, major subjects covered, and to find out if the journal is peer-reviewed.

CINAHL and MESH Headings

Medical Subject Headings

Search using CINAHL Headings, a structured list of descriptors that reflect the medical discipline. CINAHL headings help you identify the preferred health professions terminology to use in the database. All articles in the CINAHL database are coded using these subject headings.

The PubMed database uses MESH Subject Headings.

Finding Research Studies

Using CINAHL to Find a Current Peer Reviewed Research Article

In Advanced Search, click on "Show More" in the Refine Results options to see an extensive list of limiters. Enter Published Date year ranges, select English Language, Peer Reviewed and Research Article.

Subject Specific Databases

Allied Health and Medical Article Collections

Core Surgical Technology Journals

Core Journals in Surgical Technology and related fields

Use the Publications field in CINAHL Complete to limit your research to a specific journal.


Search the following core surgical journals for your surgical procedure.

Discovery Tool

Ebsco Discovery Service SNAP!Search 

Search for articles across all NSCC resources using Ebsco Discovery Search

Requesting Articles

InterLibrary Loan Options for Getting Articles

If the NSCC Library does not have access to the article you need, free electronic document delivery services are available to NSCC students, faculty and staff.

Request articles here

Professional Medical Dictionaries

Electronic Professional Medical Dictionaries for Help with Medical Terminology