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Research Guide - Nursing

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Print Reference Books

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

CINAHL Full Text (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - resource contains indexing for 2,928 nursing journals from 1981 to the present. In addition, full text is available for nearly 600 journals.

Health Source Nursing Academic Edition (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Medline(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

Alt HealthWatch (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Alternative health database provides full text for 180 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

Consumer Health Complete (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

R2 Digital Library (ebooks) (Link to Database On-Campus) - A collection of Medical and Allied Health Reference Books that are aimed toward the disciplines of Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Nursing and Respiratory Therapy. Note: when on-campus create a username and password that can be used anywhere. Also accessible via the library's online catalog.

SportDiscus Full Text (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for more than 440 journals with coverage dating back to 1985.

PsycARTICLES(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 39,000 searchable full text articles from 45 journals published by the American Psychological Association and 8 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 53 journals. Examples of titles offered in PsycARTICLES include: American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Canadian Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training,etc. Coverage spans from 1985 to the present.

PsycINFO(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - From the American Psychological Association, contains over two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, dating as far back as 1840. Journal coverage, which dates back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in over 35 languages. More than 65,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Examples of titles offered in PsycINFO include:Academic Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, Behavior Genetics, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Journal of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Medicine, etc.

Cochrane Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - A unique source of reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care. Designed to provide information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care.

Academic Search Elite(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

Annual Reviews (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 30 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.

Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Health Sciences. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."

Free Medical Journals.com – Promoting free access to medical journals.

HighWire- Free Online Full-text Articles.


Style Guide

Visit the Academic Resource Center Writing Guides for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit the OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab - APA Guide.

Visit the APA Guide at UNC University Libraries.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library of Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference /Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk

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Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

R Medicine (General)

RA Public aspects of medicine

RB Pathology

RC Internal medicine

RD Surgery

RD99-99.35 Surgical nursing

RE Ophthalmology

RF Otorhinolaryngology

RG Gynecology and obstetrics

RJ Pediatrics

RJ245-247 Nursing of children. Pediatric nursing

RK Dentistry

RL Dermatology

RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology

RS Pharmacy and materia medica

RT Nursing

RT89-120 Specialties in nursing

RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine

RX Homeopathy

RZ Other systems of medicine


Web Sites of Interest

Evidence Based Public Health Nursing

FedStats – "The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States."

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report - "contains tabular and graphic information about U.S. AIDS and HIV case reports, including data by state, metropolitan statistical area, mode of exposure to HIV, sex, race/ethnicity, age group, vital status, and case definition category. It is published annualy by the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), usually in the early fall."     

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/Reproductive Health Information Source      

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/ National Center for Health Statistics -  "Quick and easy access to the wide range of information and data available from us. We include an overview of our major data collection activities, present our data findings, and provide information about special activities and initiatives to improve access to--and the quality of--health statistics information.

Statistical Abstract of the United States – "A collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States."

World Health Organization - "WHO Statistical Information System is the guide to health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information available from the World Health Organization. Most WHO technical programmes make statistical information available, and they will be linked from here. You also have the possibility to search by keywords within the WHOSIS or throughout the entire WHO site."

US Census Bureau HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base - Provides data on AIDS infection and risk factors within certain population groups.

American Diabetes Association – "The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities."

American Journal of Nursing – "The American Nurses Association is a full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.7 million Registered Nurses through its 54 constituent state associations. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public."

Department of Health and Human Services – "The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves."

The Heart:  A Virtual Exploration – "Explore the heart. Discover the complexities of its development and structure. Follow the bloodthrough the blood vessels. Wander through the weblike body systems. Learn how to have a healthy heart and how to monitor your heart's health. Look back at the history of heart science."

Aids.Org – "Mission of AIDS.ORG is to help prevent HIV infections and to improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS by providing education and facilitating the free and open exchange of knowledge at an easy-to-find centralized website. AIDS.ORG makes access to important AIDS information easier and faster.  We provide prevention, testing, and treatment information currently to well over 3 millon people a year.  AIDS.ORG has been awarded the "Health on the Net Foundation" Code of Conduct (HONcode) seal for reliability and credibility of information in the field of healthcare."

National Institute of Health – "A-Z index of NIH health resources, clinical trials, health hotlines, MEDLINEplus, drug information."      

United States National Library of Medicine – "World’s Largest Medical Library."

The Virtual Hospital – "Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients. The goal of the Virtual Hospital digital library is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients. The Virtual Hospital digital library contains thousands of textbooks and booklets for health care providers and patients."

CAM on PubMed - "NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have partnered to create CAM on PubMed, a subset of NLM's PubMed...Your literature search will be automatically limited to the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) subset of PubMed. Your searches are free."

Harvard School of Public Health - Nutrition Source - "The aim...is to provide timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied healt professionals, and the public."


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