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Library Resources for DNP Students: Nurse Theorists and Theories

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

Searching for Nursing Theorists

Finding information about nursing theorists

Finding literature written by nursing theorists

  • One Search
    • On the search results page, click on Options, then select Author Name in the first field
    • Update your search to see results that were written by your selected theorist
  • CINAHL
    • In the search bar, type (AU "Last Name, First Name")
      • Example: (AU "Orem, Dorothea") 
    • Note that including the author's full first name or just the first initial may have different results
      • Example: (AU "Orem, Dorothea") vs (AU "Orem, D")
  • Scopus
    • On the search screen, click on Authors
    • Type in the last name and first name or first initial of the theorist
  • Google Scholar
    • In Google Scholar, click the menu icon in the top left corner of the page (three horizontal lines)
    • Select Advanced Search
    • Type the name of your selected theorist in the Return articles authored by field

Searching for Nursing Theories

Searching for literature guided by nursing theory

  • One Search, CINAHL, & Google Scholar
    • In the search bar, type your search terms, then include AND "name of your theory/theorist" AND (framework OR theory OR model)
      • Example: self-care AND students AND Orem AND (framework OR theory OR model) 

Searching for literature about nursing theory

  • One Search, CINAHL, & Google Scholar
    • In the search bar, type your search terms, then include AND "name of your theory/theorist"
      • Example: self-care AND students AND Orem

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