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NURS 700: Advanced Nursing Science

Concept Analysis Assignment

For your Concept Analysis assignment, you need to find specific types of scholarly sources. These can include books or peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals. Remember, you can use a reference book such as an encyclopedia, thesaurus or dictionary, but you are limited to only one of each.

Please see the D2L page for your class for assignment instructions and the Walker and Avant book chapter. It is very important that you read both carefully.

Selection of appropriate search terms is very appropriate. We recommend connecting the term for your concept with any of these search terms using the Boolean operator AND. Also, truncate words using the * symbol to search for variant word endings. Here are some helpful search strategies to try:

  • compassion AND "concept analysis"
  • compassion AND philosoph*
  • compassion AND theor*
  • compassion AND defin*
  • compassion AND concept*
  • compassion AND (religious OR religion* OR theolog*)
  • compassion AND anthropolog*
  • compassion AND theor* AND psycholog*
  • etc.

It is often useful to use the advanced search screens in the article databases. Please also see the videos below for more search tips.

For a complete list of article databases available through the library, click on Search for Articles - Library Databases on the homepage of the library website ( or go to the A-Z Listing of Guides.

Sample Concept Analysis Paper

Click on the PDF icon below to download a sample concept analysis paper written by a student for a previous term (shared with the consent of the student).

Please note the comments from the instructor.

Sample Database Searches

Here are some videos of sample searches in some commonly used databases. Note: You will need headphones or speakers in order to hear the audio.

Academic Search Premier


Tutorial: Peer Review in Five Minutes


The Peer Review In Five Minutes video was created by North Carolina State University Libraries, and is licensed for free, noncommercial use under the Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Boolean Operators Tutorial

Learn to use the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT to retrieve more items on your topic and to search more precisely.

Searching Effectively Using AND, OR, NOT

Tutorial produced by the Colorado State University Libraries. Used with permission.

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