TIPS: When searching the Databases, Catalog or the Internet,

  • Add key terms related to nursing:  patient care, diagnosis, monitor, complications, care plans, symptoms, nursing assessment, patient education.
  • Combine any synonyms with OR and parentheses: (pregnancy OR obstetrics OR gestational); now add other key terms with AND between each term: (pregnancy OR obstetrics OR gestational) AND diabetes AND edema
  • ** Insert an asterisk after the root word to find all variations of a term: (pregnan* OR obstetric* OR gestat*) AND diabet* AND edema.
  • Use MeSH (medical subject headings) instead of keyword searching when using the professional medical databases.  Your results will be more relevant.
  • Journal, Newspaper and Magazine articles are available from the Research Databases link on the library home page:  

    If searching for specific titles in the databases, use Ebsco A-Z.



    Most Useful Databases:

    • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
      Nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 560 journals indexed in CINAHL.
    • Health Reference Center Academic  
      Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.
    • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
      This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines,and also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.
    • Thomson Micromedex Healthcare Resources 
      A wide range of clinical databases, including information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine.
    • STAT!Ref (Healthcare) 
      Full-text electronic medical library; over 30 titles including CPT, DSM-IV-TR, ICD-9-CM and USP reference books.



    Also Try:

    • Academic Search Complete 
      Articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers on a variety of subjects.
    • Consumer Health Complete 
      Designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.
    • Health and Wellness Resource Center 
      Find alternative medicine-focused magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos, & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Herbal remedies, etc.
    • Health Source: Consumer Edition 
      This database provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.
    • MEDLINE with MeSH
      Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). No full text.
    • ProQuest Databases 
      National newspapers plus a broad range of subjects including arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests.
    • Books, Videos and More, from the Library homepage:


    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      U.S. government source for credible health information.
    • Gray's Anatomy 
      Anatomy of the human body
    • HighWire Press   (Stanford University)
      Includes the largest archive of free full-text science journals with one million plus free full-text articles.
      NOTE: If you see a price to view full text, ask a librarian to request that the article be sent free from another library via interlibrary loan.
    • MedlinePlus   
      National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health database on health topics and drugs, including medical encyclopedias.
    • Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
      Healthcare resource for medical professionals and consumers.
    • National Center for Health Statistics
      "NCHS data systems include data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care."
    • National Institutes of Health 
      The nation's research agency, an excellent source for disease and health-related information.
    • Nursing 
      Clinical articles from Lippincott.
    • PubChem   
      Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It is a component of NIH's Molecular Libraries Roadmap Initiative.
    • Public Library of Science (PLoS)   
      (Public Library of Science) Launched in 2003, PLoS features "peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles (NOTE: search all PLoS journals by selecting "all publications" in the "select journals" box on the search screen)."
    • PubMed Search
      National Center for Biotechnology Information located within the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
    • Virtual Nursing Center
      Features Martindale's Health Science Guide with links to journals, reference resources and full-text books.


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