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Nursing: Articles & Databases

An introduction to the services and resources for Nursing students at Bristol Community College.

From the Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library
An eCard is a Boston Public Library card that you can sign up for online, and which provides access to all online resources, including OverDrive and Hoopla.

eCards are available to anyone who lives, resides part-time to attend school, owns property, or works in Massachusetts.

Once you have your BPL library card, click below to gain access to the articles available in the databases. This will take you directly to the page for Health Search.


The databases available from the Boston Public Library are listed on this page by subject, and include access to images and periodical indexes.

Other Resources

Listed below are other resources that may be of use to your searching needs. If at any time you need assistance with your research, please contact a reference librarian by using our Ask a Librarian form, or by calling the reference desk at 508.678.2811, ext. 2108.

Google Scholar (Coverage Varies)
Multi-disciplinary index to peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature. Includes the full-text of publications freely available on the web and citations for materials published by commercial publishers. Stronger coverage in the sciences. Results are ranked by Google's determination of relevance.

Nursing Articles

databases are deeper

Databases are basically a collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval.  Databases use the search terms you provide to search the journals within their collection for articles that have those terms either in the article or in the subject to come up with a list of results. 

How you find what you are looking for sometimes feels a lot like luck.  Most databases now take their searching premise from Google - one searchbox that uses natural language. 

Nothing can take the place of the reference interview - but if time is limited, we have organized some of our best allied health databases that will help you locate the infomation you need to complete your assignments. 

Simply click on the link - if logging in from home type in your activated accessBCC card when prompted - and type in your search terms.  If you need assistance, contact the Reference Desk at 508-678-2811 x2108.  We will be glad to help you.

Health & Medicine (Gale) (1980-Present)
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

ScienceDirect College Edition (1995-Present)
Science Direct College Edition is a database of full-text, high quality journals published by Elsevier. This database consists of 2 different collections--Physical Sciences, and Health & Life Sciences. Citations & abstracts are provided for pre-1995 information and for Elsevier journals the library does not subscribe to.
Please see the box below on how to access Science Direct when logging in from home

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (1975-Present)
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.

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic (1985-Present)
Medical database providing full text for over 100 journals, including full text for many peer-reviewed, scholarly publications. (Some titles have indexing and abstracts only for earlier years.) Virtually every area of medical study is covered, including clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the pre-clinical sciences. All titles included in this database are also indexed in MEDLINE, with a link from the MEDLINE article to the article in this database if Biomedical Reference Collection has the full text article.

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.

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.

Credo Reference: Health & Medicine
Full text database of articles from 24+ reference books covering medicine; includes audio files, images, and maps.

Academic OneFile Select (Gale) (1984-Present)
A multi-disciplinary database providing indexing and a number of abstracts for 3,390 journals/periodicals with full text for 2,089 of these titles. Coverage includes articles in the social sciences, humanities, science and technology; national news periodicals; general interest magazines; and the New York Times newspaper (indexed only). Includes many scholarly/academic journal articles. Coverage: 1980 – present.

Academic Search Complete (1975-Present)
Designed for academic institutions, this database is a leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more.

Remote Access for Science Direct

Follow these steps to request remote access for your account:

  1. Go to the ScienceDirect main page.
  2. Click 'Remote access’ in the footer of the page. The ‘Apply for remote access’ dialog displays.


remote access


  1. Enter your email address and click 'Continue’.
    • You may be requested to select your organisation if more than one account or organization is associated with your email address.
  2. If you are not registered in ScienceDirect, the registration page displays.
    Either register for an account with ScienceDirect and click ‘Register’ or click ‘Continue without registering’.
  3. You will receive an email with a remote access activation link. Click the link to activate your account.

After completing these steps:

  • You may be prompted to sign in.
  • You will have remote access for 180 days to your account.
  • Your access will automatically be extended each time you sign into your account.
  • You may need to repeat this process, if you do not sign in to ScienceDirect for a long time.

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