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Search tips

  • Use several different search terms and phrases.
  • Note useful subjects or descriptors.
  • Combine different terms with the AND Boolean operator to narrow your search results.


Suggested terms for the ADN death and dying assignment:

  • ("terminal care" OR "palliative care" OR "end of life" OR funerals) 
  • funeral*
  • "cross cultural studies"
  • death - social aspects
  • ("transcultural care" OR "transcultural nursing")
  • "medical anthropology"
  • "intercultural communication"
  • "terminal care" AND "religious aspects"

Cultural assessment

  • "limited English proficiency" AND nursing AND [your country OR culture]
  • communication AND nursing AND [your country OR culture]

Suggested for the nursing AND [country OR ethnic group]:

  • (nursing OR nurse*) AND [your country OR ethnic group]
  • [your country OR ethnic group] AND ("medical care" OR "medical policy" OR "health care")
  • "transcultural nursing"
  • [Your country or culture] AND (food OR nutrition)

Suggested terms for the health care AND [country]:

  • "health care"
  • "medical care"
  • "medical policy"
  • [your country] AND ("medical care" OR "medical policy" OR "health care")
  • "cross cultural comparison"


How to use OneSearch for the Cultural Assessment Assignment - video

Using OneSearch for the Cultural Assessment Assignment

You can use OneSearch to find scholarly articles, books, and academic videos on almost any topic. Below is a written example of using OneSearch to find material for the Cultural Assessment Assignment. You may also want to check the Cultural Assessment Library Research Guide for more help on the assignment. 

For this example, the following search string was used: (Jewish OR Judaism OR Israel) AND (death OR dying OR “end of life”) AND nursing

(See Search Strategies for more help.)

Jewish end of life search string


You can narrow your search to Full Text Online, if desired. 


Jewish end of life OneSearch results


Below is information on the first article in the results. 




Jewish end of life first article listed


You can email the article to yourself from the OneSearch results. The permalink or permanent link is the link you would need to find the article again from on or off campus. The link in your internet browser address bar will not work from off campus. 

The OneSearch results will also show you how to cite your article. Be sure to choose APA format for Nursing assignments. 


Jewish end of life Summon how to cite


If you click on the title of the article should link you directly to the database. An abstract or summary of the article is usually presented. Sometimes you have to click on the PDF link to see the full text. The PDF format is easy to save on your laptop or device. 


Jewish end of life article abstract & elements


Most databases will provide a link showing you how to cite the article. Your OneSearch result screen will also show you how to cite if it is not available in the database. 




Jewish end of life citation from database


Occasionally, you may come across articles that are not full text  online even if you restrict your search results to full text. You can always request  journal articles by completing an interlibrary loan form. There is a button for this request in the right-hand column of the library homepage




General Materials on Culturally Competent Nursing

General Material on Culturally Competent Nursing

Use the tabs across the top of this box for additional information.

Culture & Food / Nutrition


  • (food OR diet) AND culture AND [your culture or country]

Israel / Jewish / Judaism


  • (Jewish OR Judaism OR Israel) AND (death OR dying OR “end of life”) AND nursing

Christianity / Roman Catholic

Islam / Islamic / Muslim

India / Hindu

Pakistan / Muslim




African nations

African Americans




Potential keywords

  • Poland AND (nursing OR nurse*)
  • (Poland OR Polish) AND (food OR nutrition)



Jamaica / Jamaican


(Jamaica OR Jamaican) AND ("palliative care" OR "end of life") AND nursing



Macedonia / Macedonian

Find out if the country / ethnic group practices a predominate religion. For example, in Macedonia, about 60% of the people practice Eastern Orthodox and 35% are Muslim.  (See Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices link below.) Religious traditions can influence end of life care. An electronic reference book is a good source to find this information. 

Suggested keywords:

(Macedonia OR Macedonian) AND ("end of life" OR palliative) 

"Eastern Orthodox" AND ("end of life" OR palliative)