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Resources for Nursing

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Nursing is an art and a science that involves the prevention of illness and the promotion of health. Student nurses have a combination of clinical and classroom experiences which prepare them to provide direct and indirect health care services to individuals, families, and communities. Because health care has many interdisciplinary aspects, the nursing student may need to look for research materials on ethics, law, medicine, psychology, or examine various issues relating to families, society, diversity, and public institutions. This list of resources is a starting point; don't hesitate to ask a librarian for further assistance.

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Indexes and Databases
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing)
    Provides indexing for over 3,800 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health dating back to 1937; includes full text for more than 750 of those journals. Also includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets.
  • Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition
    This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Journals@OVID
    Search over 800 scientific, technical and medical journals from over 60 different publishers. Includes full text coverage of 14 nursing journals.
  • Related Fields
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Alt HealthWatch
    This database focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international journals and reports. Also includes hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Cochrane Library
    The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Methodology Register, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Health Technology Assessment Database, NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and About the Cochrane Collaboration Database. Note: This subscription allows for one user at a time, and access from on campus only.
  • Consumer Health Complete
    This full-text database provides consumer-oriented health content, from mainstream medicine to the perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men's & women's health. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
    Provides access to nearly 80 full text consumer health magazines. Provides information on health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • PubMed
    The primary source for scholarly information in the health sciences. This database is provided by the National Library of Medicine and indexes scholarly literature in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Many links to full text are included for articles older than six months. Most of this database may also be searched in the ProQuest interface as MEDLINE.
  • Science Reference Center
    This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and journals. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
Reference Works
  • On the Nursing Profession
    • Mosby's Pediatric Nursing Reference
      Mosby Year Book 1996 3rd edition
      Basic information for pediatric nursing.
      • Location(s): Ref RJ 245 .M675 1996
    • Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice
      Jones and Bartlett 1997 4th edition
      A guide to the particulars of caring for cancer patients.
      • Location(s): Oversize RC 266 .C356 1997
    • Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing
      Springhouse Corporation 1998
      Covers disorders and treatments explaining causes, complications, assessment, diagnostic tests, nursing diagnoses and patient outcomes.
      • Location(s): Ref RT 51 .H352 1998
    • Handbook of Stress, Coping and Health: Implications for Nursing Research, Theory, and Practice
      Sage 2000
      Covers models of stress, stress in specific nursing situations, and mediators of stress.
      • Location(s): Ref QP 82.2 .S8 H357 2000
    • Multicultural Clients: A Professional Handbook for Health Care Providers and Social Workers
      Greenwood Press 1995
      This book covers several population groups in the U.S. and describes their traditional health practices and behaviors including religion, dietary practices, child rearing, and many others.
      • Location(s): Ref RA 418.5 .T73 L37 1995
    • Mosby's Pharmacology in Nursing
      Mosby 1998
      This resource provides an overview of pharmacology and overviews of body systems and major drug categories.
      • Location(s): Ref RM 301 .H33 1998
    • Mosby's Emergency Room Nursing Reference
      Mosby 2000 2nd edition
      A guide for emergency nursing, includes information on the most common clinical conditions, standard procedures in the emergency department and reference guides for various conditions in a variety of quick-reference formats: tables, algorithms, formulas, assessment guidelines, etc.
      • Location(s): Ref RT 120 .E4 M69 2000
    • Nurses Legal Handbook
      Springhouse 2000
      Provides information on nurses' liability in relation to a variety of topics including patient rights, understaffing, documentation, employee rights and Good Samaritan acts. Also includes chapters on ethics. A good resource for issues concerning the law and nursing.
      • Location(s): Ref RT 86.7 .N88 2000
    • Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, Process, and Practice
      Mosby 1997 4th edition
      A text that surveys the broad field of nursing.
      • Location(s): Ref RT 41 .P844 1997
    • Photo Atlas of Nursing Procedures
      Addison-Wesley 1991 2nd edition
      A practical and thoroughly illustrated guide to basic nursing procedures.
      • Location(s): Ref RT 41 .S96 1991
  • General Health and Medicine
    • Encyclopedia of Bioethics
      Macmillan 2004 3rd edition
      Covers issues and controversies in bioethics in lengthy, scholarly articles, each one accompanied by a current bibliography of key sources.
      • Location(s): Ref QH 332 .E52 2004
      5 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Cancer
      Academic Press 1997 2nd edition
      A comprehensive summary of the field of cancer research. Though new research is ongoing, this set does provide useful overviews of types of cancers, topics in cancer research, and information on genetics, immunology, epidemiology, drug resistance, oncogenes, and viral carcinogensis.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 262 .E558 2002
      4 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Gerontology
      Academic Press 1996
      This two-volume set covers the broad range issues surrounding the study of aging.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 952.5 .E58 1996
      2 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Human Biology
      San Diego: Academic 1997 2nd ed. edition
      Offers articles on topics in human biology, ranging from behavior, biochemistry, genetics and psychology to medical research. There is an index to the set in the final volume.
      • Location(s): Ref QP 11 .E53 1997
    • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
      Academic 2008
      Includes substantial articles on major disciplines in the field, research areas, and topics of public interest. Offers up-to-date and thorough coverage of mental disorders, symptoms, treatments, and psychological aspects of such topics as obesity and homelessness.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 437.G36 2008
      2 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Public Health
      Macmillan Reference 2002
      This four-volume reference contains entries relevant to public health, promotion of health and prevention of disease, injuries and premature death. Topics covered include common ailments, environmental factors affecting health, organizations, etc.
      • Location(s): Ref RA 423 .E53 2002
      4 vols.
    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy Through Adolescence
      Thomson Gale 2005
      A guide to basic information about medical and developmental issues and illnesses; intended for non-specialists.
      • Location(s): Ref RJ 26 .G35 2011
      4 vols.
    • The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
      Gale Group 2006 3rd edition
      Provides an overview of the field of medicine and includes entries on disorders, diseases, treatments, procedures, tests, therapies and common drugs.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 41 .G35 2011
      5 vols.
    • Illustrated Guide to Diagnostic Tests
      Springhouse 1998 2nd edition
      This reference covers a very comprehensive range of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures. It includes typical indications for the test, preparation, procedures, and normal results of each test.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 71 .I44 1998
    • Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
      Merck 2006
      A good, succinct handbook of medical conditions and treatments.
      • Location(s): Ref RC 55 .M4 2006
    • New Harvard Guide to Women's Health
      Harvard UP 2004
      Aims to answer typical health questions in an accessible form, incorporating recent research findings. Covers over 300 topics, with illustrations.
      • Location(s): Ref RA 778 .C2164 2004
    • Wellness Encyclopedia
      Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1991
      Emphasizes wellness rather than illnesses, covering such topics as "healthy diet," "aerobic activities," and other topics in accessible language.
      • Location(s): Ref RA 776 .W436 1991
    • Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies
      D.K. Publishing 1997 1st American edition
      Use this resource for explanations of methods and procedures used in alternative and complementary medical fields.
      • Location(s): Ref R 733 .W65 1997
  • History of Medicine
    • Cambridge World History of Human Disease
      Cambridge UP 1993
      A guide to the history of specific diseases across time and in all parts of the world, scholarly and with excellent bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref R 131 .C233 1993
      2 vols.
    • Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences
      Routledge 1994
      Offers lengthy, well-documented articles on the historical basis of mathematics and the cultural production of mathematical understanding.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 21 .C645 1994
      2 vols.
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of nursing.
  • BF -- Psychology
  • HQ -- Family; marriage; women; sexuality; children
  • Q -- Science - General
  • QD -- Chemistry
  • QM -- Human Anatomy
  • QP -- Physiology
  • QR -- Microbiology
  • R -- Medicine - General
  • RA -- Public aspects of medicine
  • RB -- Pathology
  • RC -- Internal medicine
  • RD -- Surgery
  • RJ -- Pediatrics
  • RM -- Therapeutics; pharmacology
  • RT -- Nursing
    • 31 -- History and biography
    • 40 -- General works
    • 48 -- Diagnosis
    • 82 -- Nursing profession
    • 85 -- Nursing ethics
    • 86 -- Psychology of nursing
    • 87 -- Special topics in nursing


Additional journals may be available in full text through various subscription databases.
Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.

  • Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
  • Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
  • Family and Community Health
  • Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship
  • Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Journal of Professional Nursing
  • Journal of the American Dietetic Association
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Management
  • Public Health Reports
  • Research in Nursing and Health
  • For Nursing Professionals
    • All
      News, bulletin boards, and nursing information as well as resources for job seekers.
    • Resources for Nurses and Families
      Resources are organized by topic, but you can also search the site. Pages are maintained by Dr. Diane M. Wink at the University of Central Florida.
  • Health Information
    • CDC Health Topics A-Z
      Links to information about public health and disease from the Centers for Disease Control.
    • MedlinePlus
      A layperson's portal to information compiled by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Includes information on over 650 health topics and an online medical encyclopedia.
    • Virtual Hospital
      A digital library of health information from the University of Iowa. Includes information for health providers as well as for patients.
    • World Health Organization
      Part of the United Nations system, the WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Various publications are available from the WHO site, including the World Report on Child Injury Prevention.
  • History of Medicine
    • History of Biomedicine
      This page contains links to resources on indigenous cultures, Mesopotamian, ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Western medicine.
  • Nutrition
      A portal to government information on nutrition, food safety, dietary guidelines, and more.
  • Statistics
Citing Your Sources
Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.

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