This guide gives an overview of library resources and services and basic research skills for nursing. The guide also includes an introduction to evidence-based practice, professional nursing organizations and societies, and cultural competence in nursing. Use the tabs above or the arrows at the bottom of the page to navigate through the guide contents.
Use the LIBRARY CATALOG to search for books, videos, DVD's, etc.
RefWorks is an online reference management, writing, and collaboration tool. RefWorks is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store, and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Covers literature from nursing and allied health journals, dissertations, conferences, book chapters and standards of professional practice, from 1937-present. Also known as: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature
MEDLINE via PubMed
A comprehensive database containing literature on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE covers literature from 1950 - present, and is free to the public.
PsychInfo includes citations and summaries of literature from psychology journals, book chapters, books, and dissertations, from the 1800s - present. Also includes literature from fields related to psychology, with application to fields of health care.
Google vs. Library Resources
Google and other web search engines are wonderful tools for finding driving directions or a new recipe, but aren't always the best places to begin research.
What is most popular for the whole population may not be useful to your needs as a nurse, and with the rapid rate of change in medical knowledge and practice, recent research articles are important for providing the best care. For these reasons, your nursing professors will often ask for peer-reviewed, professional research articles from the last five years.
The library collections offer students, faculty and staff access to high quality resources.