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Online Encyclopedias

Key Databases

  • CINAHL with Full Text
    Search nearly 3,000 journals in nursing and allied health. Contains full text for approximately 600 journals, though additional full text may be available in other databases.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    Database designed for researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators with access to 330 full-text journals, 260 which are full-text and peer-reviewed, focusing on wide range of medical topics.

National Library of Medicine

World’s largest biomedical library, NLM produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Three databases available to the public are the following

    Oldest and still active citation database with links to full text, when available. MEDLINE can be accessed through Ebsco and shares the same searching format as other databases such as CINAHL. The database is notable for the careful journal screening process and the use of, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®), to index citations.
  • PubMed
    begins with MEDLINE and builds out from there offering a broader range of coverage with far more records, including additional full text coverage. You may limit your PubMed search retrieval to MEDLINE citations only by restricting your search to the MeSH controlled vocabulary or by using the Journal Categories filter called MEDLINE.
  • PubMed Central (PMC)
    Full-text archive for full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles. It is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy and similar policies of other research funding agencies. Some PMC journals are also MEDLINE journals.

For a complete understanding of these three databases go to the MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different? Fact Sheet.

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Other Resources

  • Science Direct
    Full text access to hundreds of scholarly nursing and medical journals.
  • Journals @ Ovid
    Full text access to 18 peer-reviewed journals covering nursing administration, nursing education, and nursing research. Includes American Journal of Nursing. Also includes full text back issues for 50+ medical journals.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Health & Medicine
    This subset of the ProQuest Research Library database includes journals that cover nursing, allied health, medicine, and pharmacology.
  • BioMed Central
    198 peer-reviewed, open access journals in biomedical literature. Free registration required.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Health & Medicine
    Over 1 million downloadable full text dissertations and theses, covering a wide range of graduate research topics, including nursing.

Citing Sources

  • APA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Books on nursing, health and medicine have call numbers in the 610-619 range. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other nursing books are on the upper floor, left side.