Research Guide: Nursing

Background Information

More books on nursing and related topics can be found using the Library's catalog.

Dictionary of Nursing Online only
Encyclopedia of Health & Behavior REF R 726.5 E 53 2004
Encyclopedia of Health Care Management REF RA 971. E 52 2004
Encyclopedia of Nursing Research REF RT 81.5 E 53 1998
Encyclopedia of Public Health REF RA 423. E 53 2002
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine REF R 733. G 34 2005
Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health REF RT 21. G 353 2007
Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary REF R 121. M 89 2002
Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia REF RT 89. N 7943 2008
PDR Nurse's Drug Handbook REF RT 51. P 39 2009

Journal Articles

Academic Search Ultimate

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to search for articles on any topic.


This database contains thousands of articles on alternative medicine: massage and acupuncture, folk medicine and herbal remedies, biofeedback, and more.

CINAHL Complete

CINAHL is the premier database for nursing research. It can be used to locate articles on patient care, management, different branches of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and much more.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ is an archive of thousands of free (open-access) journals on a wide variety of topics, including medicine, public health, and nursing.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

The Consumer Edition of this database provides information that patients need to know about illnesses and treatments.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

The Nursing/Academic Edition of this database contains scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in medicine.

High-Wire Press

This publisher site can be used to locate scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in medicine and health research.

Westlaw Campus Research

Westlaw Campus Research can be used to locate millions of newspaper articles, as wells as legal and business news.

Use the medical section of this database to locate the latest research on cancer, AIDS, obesity, and more.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Nursing Journals @Ovid Full Text

LWW are one of the most respected publishers of nursing information. This database can be used to locate articles on a wide variety of topics in nursing including treatments, symptom management, and more.


MedicLatina can be used to locate medical and health-related articles in Spanish. (MedicLatina se puede utilizar para localizar los artículos médicos y relativos a la salud en español.)


MEDLINE is a general medical database that can be used to find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on any health topic.

Nature Precedings

Created by Nature Publishing, this database provides access to preprints of academic papers in genetics, biology, microbiology, and more.


This is one of the best psychology and psychiatry databases in the world. It can be used to find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on mental health and treatments, as well as general psychology, emotions, behavior, and much more.


PubMED is another great general medical database, and can be used to locate scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on any health topic. See also PubMed Central.


This database includes thousands of articles on sports and sports medicine, including injury prevention, orthopedics, and much more.

Web Resources

This site, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Department of Health and Human Services, lists clinical trials for the United States--with some information available for other countries. It includes current and completed trials.

National Institute of Nursing Research

This organization is one of the National Institutes of Health, and its mission is to support research in nursing in clinical and communities through grants and other funding programs. It provides information on funding initiatives, including diversity programs and resources, links to nursing organizations, and publications from national meetings and conferences.

NLM Gateway

This site is an entry point for searching the resources at the National Library of Medicine. It provides a global search function for PubMed, PubMed Central, and Medline Plus, all of which are included in this resource list. This is an excellent starting point to begin a search of health-related government information.

PubMed Central

This site offers access to more than 160 full-text high-quality, open access life sciences journals from various publishers.

State of Utah Government Publications

Search the State of Utah's Digital Library for thousands of government documents on health in Utah.

Study Aids for Nursing Students

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body

This includes pictures from the classic 1918 edition of Gray's Anatomy. It also includes a subject index with 13,000 entries.

Human Anatomy Online

Ten systems can be explored: skeletal, digestive, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, male or female reproductive, and urinary. Search interactive graphics, including animations of the systems, tutorials and descriptions.

Medical Images on the Web

This University of Nebraska Medical Center portal provides evaluated, annotated links to online image collections in General, Anatomy and Histology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Embriology, Endoscopy, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, and ENT.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

Searchable by keyword or table of contents, The Merck Manual, 17th edition is available free on the web.

RN Central

The highlight of this site is the "Careplan Corner" with nursing care plans under three categories: "Altered/Alterations," Impaired/Impairment," and "General." Nursing students can copy, save or print and modify any of the plans. There is also a blank plan template to print out and fill in. Other resource links for nurses and students are also available.


This resource provides drug lists that include the description, clinical pharmacology, indications and dosage, side effects and drug interactions, warnings and precautions, drug overdoses, contraindications, and patient information.

Nursing Associations and Organizations

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