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Library Resources for Nursing PhD Students: Choosing your database(s)

This guide provides information on how best to utilize library resources throughout your PhD program at the College of Nursing.

Choosing Your Databases

Databases are normally thematic in nature, so it is important to know what kind of topic you have in order to begin to narrow down your databases options. The video above explains some differences between three common databases: PubMed, CINAHL, and ProQuest. The table below (click to enlarge) outlines the topics covered by common databases.

PubMed CINAHL PsycINFO ProQuest: Nursing &
Allied Health Sciences
Diagnosis Nursing science Psychology Dissertations & theses Education statistics
Therapy Patient education Social issues Nursing science Education research
Prognosis Nurse theory Family roles Alternative medicine  
Etiology Health administration Behavioral science    


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