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Research Sources for Nursing  

A guide to searching relevant databases for nursing students.
Last Updated: Oct 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Start at BCC home page and click on “My Library” floating in the upper right to get Library home page.

v  Library databases provide articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and other sources.

To search, under Library Services click on: Find Articles, then select Health Databases


    Recommended Web Sites

    AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

    This government site includes:
    National Guideline Clearinghouse which provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines;
    many reports on evidence-based practice.  

    Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library

    This site is a source of information for evidence-based nursing practice and other research.  


    This is an enormous government database from the National Library of Medicine which provides millions of citations to journal articles and books. It does not provide the full text of journal articles. Medline is the biggest component of PubMed. If you use the BCC library database version of Medline, you can take advantage of its convenient interlibrary loan function.  



      Databases which provide full-text medical reference books:

      • Credo Reference  
        Provides full-text online versions of hundreds of top quality reference books in all major subjects from art to medicine, psychology to history, and technology to literature. Includes bilingual and biographical dictionaries.

      • ebrary
        The collection for Community and Career Colleges contains more than 19,500 titles.  Subject areas include: Nursing and Allied Health, Computer Technologies and Business, Law Enforcement, Criminal Law, and Criminology, Culinary Arts, Industrial Arts and more.

      • Gale Virtual Reference Library 
        Full text database providing 23 subject specific dictionaries, encyclopedias and general reference books as well as the online version of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Subjects include contemporary fashion, poets and novelists, film, alternative medicine, popular culture, small business and more. Includes two children’s visual reference books on the U.S. and the world.

      • Magill’s Medical Guide
        The Guide includes over 1,000 essays, ranging in length from 500 to 3,500 words each. There are more than 400 photographs and drawings plus 644 sidebars and tables. The new edition introduces particularly current subject areas such as facial transplantation and Avian influenza (bird flu). Plus, the Guide includes 44 "In the News" sidebars that evaluate recent media stories about ongoing research and experimental treatments.

      Most databases provide help to cite your sources, including APA citation style. Their format is not always perfect, so it is advisable to check these citations against your professors’ guidelines and make necessary changes.

      Try any search terms you want, for example: evidence based nursing.

      To use databases from home, you need to put in your library barcode numbers when prompted. These are on the back of your activated student ID.


        CINAHL Plus with Full Text

        CINAHL Plus with Full Text
        Providing full text for more than 760 journals indexed in CINAHL. Of those, 456 are not found with full text in any version of Academic Search™, Health Source® or Nursing & Allied Health Collection™. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index - with no embargo.

        Let’s say you want articles about best practice to prevent falling by elders. Instead of typing a question or long phrase into the search box, choose the key words that express your topic and join them using the appropriate one of these connectors: and, or, not. These are known as Boolean connectors; using them is an efficient way to get results.

        In the search box try typing: falls and aged and best practice

        Next, click in the boxes to limit your results to full text and peer reviewed articles.



          Health Reference Center - Academic
          This multi-source database integrates the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical overviews; and reference books. Most of these sources provide the full text of the article/chapter. Find articles on: fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. Coverage: 1980 – present.

          Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
          Provides access to nearly 550 scholarly full text journals. Also featured are abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. In addition, this database includes Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs. Coverage: 1975 – present.

          In the search box try typing: falls and elderly and best practice



            MEDLINE provides 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 allows users to search citations and abstracts from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

            Many search results provide abstracts only, but the database allows you to request articles through interlibrary loan.



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