This is the "Home" page of the "Research Sources for Nursing" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Research Sources for Nursing  

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

Ask a Librarian

BCC librarians are available to help you with your research. We provide guidance in locating information and using resources available through the library and on the internet.

JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.

If a librarian is online, use the window above to chat live. A librarian is available to chat during normal business hours.

You can also use our off-line form, and a librarian will e-mail you back with answers and suggestions. You will receive a reply within 2 business days.


Start at BCC home page and click on “Library Services” to get Library home page.

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

To search, click on: Find Articles in Databases, 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:

      ·         Magill’s Medical Guide provides overviews of many medical conditions.

      ·         Credo Reference provides a variety of medical reference books.

      ·         Gale Virtual Reference Library provides a variety of medical reference books.

      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.

      ebrary provides thousands of complete online books. 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 student ID.


        CINAHL Plus with Full Text

        CINAHL Plus with Full Text  provides thousands of articles from medical periodicals.

        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 and Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also provide thousands of articles from periodicals.

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



            Medline is a major medical database created by the National Library of Medicine. Many search results provide abstracts only, but the database allows you to request articles through interlibrary loan.


              Loading  Loading...