In order to access articles from a specific journal, such as Applied Nursing Research, you'll use the CINAHL database and follow these steps:
Quantitative research uses a variety of methods to achieve measurable, or quantifiable, results.
Qualitative research involves less tangible results, often dealing with perceptions, experiences, or opinions.
If a study's results are numerical and can be reported in terms of mean and median, it is quantitative.
If a study's results are reported in phrases, sentences, paragraphs, there would be no mathematical way to average them. This is qualitative research. Sometimes, even a quick glance at a study will show quotes in sentence or paragraph form, thus indicating a qualitative method.
Here are a couple of examples of qualitative studies from Applied Nursing Research. Scroll quickly down the pages. Note how the first example uses indented blocks to indicate its results in quote form. The second example uses italicized paragraphs to display their results.