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Articles, Books, the Web, and More

Library databases, including
CINAHL Complete, MedLine with Full Text, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycArticles, PsycInfo, Health Source Nursing/Academic EditionAHFS Consumer Medication Information, Education Research Complete, ERIC, the Professional Development Collection, and Academic Search Complete are a major source of high quality information on nursing and related topics. These include descriptions of of articles published in nursing research journals, nursing magazines, medical journals and magazines and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available.

The library's collection of books provides longer works on established practices in the field and may be of particular use to those preparing to teach and those preparing for examinations. Dissertations and theses are like books in length but generally describe a single research study.

The open web can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information.

Looking for help finding quantitative and qualitative nursing research articles? Check out the "More" tab above.

Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.

Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.

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General Search

The most current research reports in nursing will be found in journal articles. EBSCOhost includes several databases useful for nursing research. Type a search in the box or click on the links to search them individually and control your searches more.

Choose a Database

CINAHL Complete is the most extensive nursing and allied health literature database available.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is a leading source of systematic reviews for use in evidence based care.

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials provides links to controlled trials for use in evidence based care.

MedLine with Full Text is the most comprehensive database of articles on medicine available. You can limit to articles related to nursing in the options under "Journal and citation subset." Medline is also available freely on the internet at PubMedCentral.

PsycArticles provides the full text of the American Psychological Association journals, including articles related to nursing and psychology.

Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition is another source of academic articles on nursing.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information is the part of the Cochrane Library devoted to patient drug information.

Education Research Complete, ERIC and the Professional Development Collection include articles on nursing education.

Academic Search Complete  is a general database that includes many articles related to science, medicine, and nursing.

**PsycInfo is now provided through ProQuest and must be searched separately from the EBSCOhost databases included in the search box. It provides indexing and abstracts of journal articles on psychology, including psychiatric nursing and and psychological issues related to nursing.

Get Complete Articles

Most of the library's collection of nursing journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.

However, a few journals that are not available online are available in the library's collection. Any time you find information about an article that doesn't include a link to the full text (even if you found the information somewhere other than a library database), you can use the library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.

The library's journals list can also be browsed by subject. You may find the Medicine and Health Sciences list or the specific Nursing list useful.

We can request any of the articles we don't own through Interlibrary Loan. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks. If you can't wait, you may want to see if the OUHSC library has the titles. (Check out the More tab above for more information.)

Direct Subscription Titles

In addition to the full text provided through CINAHL Complete and the Cochrane Collection, the library subscribes to a some nursing journals directly. All current issues are available online. Print issues are shelved alphabetically by title in the basement storage area. Ask at the circulation desk for the issue you need. Online journals should be available by clicking on the "online" link. Online subscriptions are also generally available from links within CINAHL Complete.

American Journal of Nursing (print through early 2013)
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing (print through early 2013)
Cancer Nursing (print through June 2012)
Caring (print through 2012)
Geriatric Nursing (print through early 2013)
The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (print through early 2013)
Journal of Holistic Nursing (online)
Journal of Nursing Administration (print through early 2013)
Journal of Nursing Education (online)
Journal of Transcultural Nursing (online)
MCN, the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing (print through early 2013)
Nurse Education Today (online)
Nurse Educator (online)
Nursing (print through early 2013)
Nursing Management (print through early 2013)
Nursing Outlook (print through early 2013)
Nursing Science Quarterly (online)

Ebsco Search Hints

Select a single database (for example CINAHL Complete) at a time for more search control
....limit to full text
....limit to Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Articles
....limit to Research Articles
....use subject headings

Create an account
....save articles to folders
....set your preferences to send articles to your email account with APA Style citations

Search for Print and Online Books

Search the Library Catalog using the search box above. The catalog includes all of the books and videos in the library's physical collection and over 100 online nursing titles through Ebrary.

Search Ebrary for online books the library owns.

Search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses for abstracts of dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present and the full text many (most dissertations published since 1997 and some from before that date). These culminating graduate student projects generally provide a description of an innovative research study in more detail than a journal article.

Browse The National Academies Press for free online versions of reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. You can browse topics or use the search box to find books by key word.

Search WorldCat to find books in the collections of most of the world's libraries. Use the "borrow this time from another library" link to request a copy of anything you find. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

Print Reference Books

Gahart, B. L., & Nazareno, A. R. (2010). Intravenous medications: A handbook for nurses and other allied health personnel. St. Louis:  Mosby Elsevier.
R 615.58 G123i26 2010 (2013 edition in circulating collection 615.58 G123i29 2013)

Merck & Co., Merck Sharp & Dohme., & Merck Research Laboratories. (2006). The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. Whitehouse Station, N.J: Merck.
R 615 M555 (also available online at http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/index.html)

Mosby, Inc. (2009). Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby/Elsevier.
R 610.7303 M85d8 2009

PDR Network. (2013). Physicians’ desk reference. Montvale, NJ: PDR Network, LLC.
R 615.1 P567

Nursing 2012 Drug Handbook. (2012). Philadelphia, Pa. : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
R 615.1 L666n32 2012

Skidmore-Roth, Linda. (2012). Mosby’s 2012 Nursing Drug Reference. St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Mosby.
R 615.1 M85s25 2012

Search by Subject Headings

Searching by Subject Headings often creates the best results. Some examples:

General examples:
Nurse and Patient
Patient Advocacy
Medical Care
Public Health – United States
Health Policy – United States
Delivery of Health Care

Specific areas of nursing examples:
Surgical Nursing
Nursing Diagnosis
Nursing Assessment

Specific disease or condition examples:
Arrythmia – nursing
AIDS - nursing

Browse the Shelves

Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:

Dewey Decimal Numbers for Nursing
610 Medicine & Health (including Nursing)
611 Human anatomy, cytology, histology
612 Human physiology
613 Personal health & safety
614 Incidence & prevention of disease
615 Pharmacology & therapeutics
618 Gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics & geriatrics
362 Cultural and societal aspects of nursing

Locations for nursing materials
1st floor Reference
3rd floor Circulating Collection
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
basement storage Historic Circulating Materials

Evidence Based Nursing Resources

Health Statistics Resources

  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health's OK2SHARE
    • is a database of health statistics for Oklahoma and includes vital statistics (births and deaths), hospital discharges and outpatient surgery, and the results of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System surveys and cancer and injury registry data. The level of detail is enormous. Start with the standard tables or a very limited number of variables to get an overview.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics
    • provides a broad range of statistics on the national level.
  • World Health Organization World Health Statistics
    • provides a narrower range of statistics but covers most nations of the world.
  • Oklahoma City and County Community Health Assessment (2011) 
    • is a narrative report on health and risk factors in Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Data Center
    • offers a well respected compilation of statistics on the health and well-being of children nationally and by state, congressional district, county, and major city.

Nursing History Resources

  • The Medical Heritage Library is a good source of historical documents related the medicine and nursing. Use the advanced search and the “creator” field to search for writing by historically important nurses. General keyword searches work well to find historical treatises on nursing practices.
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Nursing, History and Health Care provides signed scholarly articles that offer a good introduction to the history of nursing.

Research Resources

  • Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
    • This is a database of abstracts of “grey literature.” These are not citations to published articles or books, but abstracts of ongoing studies and conference papers, with contact information for the primary investigator.
  • Health and Medical Care Archive Data Archives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • This database of research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation includes the data sets used in the research (which can be used for new research projects), citations to the published results of the research, and variables used in the research (which could be useful in creating new surveys or research projects).

Free Search Engines

  • Google Scholar (search scholarly articles without a password - check the journals list to see if the library owns it before paying for full text)
  • PubMed Central (free version of MedLine, includes nursing research journals)
  • MedLine Plus (a great source of information for patient eduction)


Nursing Associations

APA Style Assistance

The library has copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) in the circulating collection on the 3rd floor, in the reference collection on the first floor, and on permanent reserve at the circulation desk. The call number for all locations is 808.06615 P962a6 2010.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides a wonderful set of online resource pages on APA style.

EBSCOhost databases (including CINAHL+) include an option to create a citation for each article found in APA style and a link to a short guide on APA style. This guide is particularly helpful in identifying problems with mechanically generated citations. These problems include errors in capitalization, date format, and inclusion of author first names.

Crossref provides a free DOI name lookup feature to find a missing DOI for a APA style reference. CINAHL+ and the other EBSCOhost databases normally include the DOI in the APA style reference and the long citation when it is available, but sometimes Crossref has one that EBSCOhost doesn’t. This is also a good option for references found in other articles or online from other sources.

Items the Library Doesn't Own

The Bird Library of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is available to all Oklahoma residents and has an extensive nursing collection. Visit their web page and choose "Online Catalog" from the Quick Links menu to make sure they have the specific items you need.

If they don't have the items you need, you can request them through interlibrary loan by choosing the "Borrow Items from Another Library" link on the left. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.

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