Nursing Guide

Find Articles

Finding Articles at UNB Libraries

UNB libraries offers two ways to access research articles:

  1. When you know the name/date/publisher of the article you wish to retrieve, you can use the Catalogue search box on the library home page to gain the most direct access to that article.  Alternately, you can search for articles based on the journal in which they are published using the Journals and Newspapers search box on the same page.
  2. When you don’t have any specific article in mind, or do not know enough details about the article to retrieve it using the library’s catalogue, you can use one (or several) of the library’s article databases to streamline your search.  These databases can be accessed either through the links listed below, or a more comprehensive (though less targeted) list of databases can be found on the Article Databases page of the library website.

The list of databases below offer access to thousands of full-text journal articles and millions of references that pertain to the field of nursing and some of its associated subject areas. 

* CINAHL is the most comprehensive article database for nursing.  A CINAHL User Guide is available for download in PDF format.  The guide is 17 pages long and contains plenty of screen shots and tips for getting the most out of your CINAHL searches.

Key Resources

  • CINAHL with Full Text (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature)
    CINAHL with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 500 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index - with no embargo. With full-text coverage dating back to 1981, CINAHL with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.
    Unlimited simultaneous users
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
    ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source is a collection of core nursing and related publications, this database, designed to meet the needs of researchers at health-care facilities as well as students enrolled in nursing programs at academic institutions. All the source publications are available in the ASCII full-text format. Nearly all of them also offer articles in the full-image and Text+Graphics formats.

    NOTE: In certain instances ProQuest has decided to omit particular 'articles' from full-text access due to copyright restrictions or because the item has not met their criteria for being an 'article' (ie. too short, a letter, not attributed to an author, etc.).
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Medline (1950 to Present)
    "MEDLINE® is the United States National Library of Medicine's (NLM®) premier bibliographic database providing information from the following fields: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine, Allied health, and Pre-clinical sciences. As well, MEDLINE is the primary source of global information from international literature on biomedicine, including the following topics as they relate to biomedicine and health care: Biology, Environmental science, Marine biology, Plant and animal science, Biophysics, and Chemistry."
    50 simultaneous OLRN users.
  • PubMed
    PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM®) database of biomedical citations and abstracts. It includes MEDLINE, which covers over 4,800 journals published in the United States and more than 70 other countries primarily from 1966 to the present.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Scopus
    Scopus, a new multidisciplinary online resource, will be invaluable to students and faculty in various fields of study within the sciences, health sciences and the social sciences. Scopus offers full-text linking, abstracting-and-indexing information and provides access to over 66 million abstracts dating back to 1966.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • PsycINFO
    PsycINFO is an abstracting and indexing database of more than 2000 journals (approximately 3.3 million records) devoted to peer-reviewed literature (journals, books and dissertations) in the behavioural sciences and mental health.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Sociological Abstracts "covers the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behaviorial sciences."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Cochrane Library (Wiley)
    The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. This database includes the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, the Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews, the The Cochrane Methodology Register, the Health Technology Assessment Database, and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database.
    Access to the Cochrane Library in New Brunswick is through a province-wide license made possible by a partnership between UNB, the New Brunswick Public Library Service and the eight Regional Hospital Authority libraries.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database
    The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database allows you to search simultaneously, a wide range of summarized and appraised health care evidence, including over 3,300 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports. Covered subjects: Nursing care, medical care.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI : EBSCO)
    Health and Psychosocial Instruments is a bibliographic database with abstracts produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services (BMDS). It is used to find citations to and information about information-gathering tools for clinicians, such as questionnaires, interview schedules, tests, checklists, rating and other scales, coding schemes, and projective techniques. Over 2/3 of the tools are in medical and nursing areas such pain measurement, quality of life assessment, and drug efficacy evaluation. The database contains citations to actual test documents that copyright holders authorize BMDS to make available; bibliographic citations to journal articles which contain information about specific test instruments; and a catalog of commercial test publishers and their available instruments.
    5 simultaneous users.

For additional databases, feel free to visit the Article Databases page of the library website.

 

 

Choosing the Best Database for your Question

Not all databases are created equal, or are intended to fulfill the same role in research.  The databases listed above range across a number of fields, and while all of these fields relate to nursing, they may not relate to the specific research topic that you are interested in.  This being the case, it is important that you select your databases carefully when beginning a search in order to maximize your efficiency and results.  For instance, to perform:

Searches on ANY SUBJECT in Nursing:

UNB Libraries subscribes to 3 core databases that address mainly issues related to nursing (and many more that address related issues of vital importance to nursing).  These databases provide an excellent starting point for any research in the field and offer a powerfully nursing-oriented perspective on the topics covered. They are:

  • CINAHL with Full Text
  • ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source
  • Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database

Searches on Medical Questions:

The following medical databases are excellent sources of information on disorders, treatments, and general health-related questions:

  • Medline
  • Cochrane Library
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
  • PubMed

General science databases like Scopus and Web of Science can also help with searches relating to these issues.

Searches on Behavioural and Cultural Questions related to Nursing:

For information on human behavior and cultural effects relating to nursing, as well as some information on nursing psychology and culture, explore the core nursing databases (CINAHL and ProQuest NAH) as well as some of the following databases:

  • PsycINFO
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • SocINDEX with Full Text

General Searches on ANY TOPIC:

Sometimes the best way to get an idea or to find a new perspective on an old idea is to look outside your subject area.  The following databases contain resources related to nursing, but also to many more related and unrelated field:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Google Scholar

    Reference Sources

    Explore the Reference Universe

    Reference Universe searches through article titles and back-of-the-book indexes from over 20,000 print and electronic reference works at UNB Libraries and beyond. Search results from Reference Universe will provide you with quick links to UNB WorldCat (to locate print materials on the shelf) and to many of our online reference materials.

     

    Key Resources

    • UpToDate
      UpToDate is a website and app-based tool that provides quick access to information about diagnosis, clinical practice, and point of care information. UpToDate draws reliable information from many clinical sources and presents it in an easy to read format that supports learning and practice in medical fields.
      Unlimited simultaneous users.
    • Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
      "The 18th Edition of The Merck Manual is packed with essential information on diagnosing and treating medical disorders to help health care professionals and medical students deliver the best care."--Highlights page for print version. Online version is very similar to the print version of The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy, 18th ed., except that it includes multimedia extras and has periodic updates.
      Unlimited simultaneous users.
    • Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs - Wiley)
      Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.
      Unlimited simultaneous users.
    • CultureVision
      CultureVision is a comprehensive searchable database providing information on over 50 different ethnic, cultural, religious, and ability groups on such topics as communication, family patterns, nutrition, treatment protocols and mental health issues.
      Unlimited simultaneous users.
    • RxTx (formerly e-CPS and e-Therapeutics+)
      RxTx is an easily searchable tool that includes the electronic versions of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association’s annual Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties and the content from their Therapeutic Choices. These resources provide a thorough and centralized overview of many drugs, drug therapy and clinical tools.
      4 simultaneous users.

    Additional Resources

    • Bates' Physical Assessment videos (5th ed.)
      Bates’ Physical Assessment Videos is a collection of instructional streaming videos that facilitate learning of physical assessment procedures by students in healthcare fields. The eighteen 25-minute modules in the Bates’ collection are composed of series’ of shorter videos, and range in coverage from a general physical examination to the more targeted procedures for examining specific organs and systems.
      Unlimited simultaneous users.
    • Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
      Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of the following Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses' Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. Also included are a set of titles issued by the Joanna Briggs Institute. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      Unlimited simultaneous users
    • Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide
      Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of the following Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses' Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. Also included are a set of titles issued by the Joanna Briggs Institute. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      Unlimited simultaneous users
    • Dictionary of nursing, A
      "Written by nursing and medical specialists, the dictionary provides comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the ever-expanding vocabulary of the nursing professions. In addition to specifically nursing terms, there are many entries in the fields of medicine, surgery, anatomy, physiology, psychiatry, nutrition, and pharmacology (including new drugs recently introduced into clinical practice). Accident and emergency, trauma, public health medicine, and theory and practice of nursing are all covered."
      5 simultaneous users.
    • Diseases: A Nursing Process Approach to Excellent Care
      Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of the following Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses' Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. Also included are a set of titles issued by the Joanna Briggs Institute. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      10 simultaneous OLRN users
    • Nursing Care Plans and Documentation
      Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of the following Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses' Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. Also included are a set of titles issued by the Joanna Briggs Institute. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      10 simultaneous OLRN users
    • Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing
      Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of the following Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses' Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. Also included are a set of titles issued by the Joanna Briggs Institute. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      10 simultaneous OLRN users
    • Handbook of Pathophysiology
      Part of the Books@OVID collection. Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of eight Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses's Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      10 simultaneous OLRN users
    • Wallach's Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests
      Books@OVID consists of the latest editions of the following Nursing reference textbooks: Diseases, Handbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Handbook of Pathophysiology, Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide, Nurses' Guide to Clinical Procedures, and Nursing Care Plans and Documentation. Also included are a set of titles issued by the Joanna Briggs Institute. All the titles are published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
      10 simultaneous OLRN users
    • Encyclopedia of Nursing Research

      "The Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, now thoroughly updated in a second edition, presents key terms and concepts in nursing research with over 30% of the entries new to this edition. Written by the world's leading authorities in nursing research, this comprehensive reference is a "one-stop" resource for everything you need to know about nursing research and its utilization." "Extensive cross references help readers find information easily. Nursing researchers and graduate students in nursing are the primary audience for this volume. As with the first edition, nurses in all phases of education, from basic to doctoral, from formal university and college-based programs to continuing education offerings, within all health systems, will find this an important introduction to current nursing research topics."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

    • Encyclopedia of Mental Health [HIL-REF RC437 .K34 2008]

      "According to the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health disorders led to more than 40 million doctor visits and 2 million emergency room visits in 2002. The Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition is a revised and updated A-to-Z reference covering all aspects of general mental health topics. This guide sorts through a maze of professional jargon to provide definitions of theories, syndromes, symptoms, treatments, and contemporary issues, in language that everyone can understand, bringing readers the most up-to-date information on this subject. Presenting more than 2,000 new and updated entries, this volume is a resource for anyone seeking more information on mental health."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

    • Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health [HIL-REF RT21 .G353 2002 vols. 1-5]

      This set provides more than 850 entries covering topics in nursing and allied health written for students and professionals in the field. Alphabetically arranged entries cover topics in body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment. The "Encyclopedia covers all major health professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, medical lab technology, emergency medical technology, dental assistance, pharmacology and nutrition. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

     

    Find Books

    Finding Books at UNB Libraries

    UNB Libraries uses WorldCat to track and retrieve items in our collection.  Integrated directly with our library home page, UNB WorldCat is accessible through the Catalogue search box or through the search window provided below. Using the search boxes and the clickable options located near them, you can retrieve information about books, e-books, DVDs, and other multi-media resources available at UNB and at other libraries worldwide.

    Once you have found the item you are looking for, use the call number listed in the search results (if it is a physical item) to locate it on our library shelves.  Click HERE for information on how to read call numbers.  Alternately, you can visit the Research Help Desks for assistance in locating items in the library.

    Search UNB WorldCat:     

    Advanced Search | Locations Guide | Other Catalogues | Help/FAQ

    If you locate resources in your search that are not available through UNB Libraries, you may be able to borrow them from another library using our document delivery service.  Visit the Document Delivery page for information about how to request resources and library policies associated with such requests.

    On the UNB Fredericton Campus, most books on Nursing, Medicine, and the Social Sciences are in the Harriet Irving Library. To browse the library shelves for books of interest, try the following ranges:

    RA 421-790.85 Public Health, Hygiene, Preventive Medicine
    RJ 1-150 Pediatrics
    RT 1-120 Nursing
    BF 176 Psychological Tests and Testing

    Find Internet Sites

    Using Internet Sites as Resources

    The internet provides seemingly limitless amounts of information on every topic imaginable, but not all this information is reliable.  It is important to critically evaluate and vet all websites for quality and reliability before using them for an academic purpose.

    Below are some recommended websites:

    Identifying Quality on the Internet

    The four sites listed above are strong, reliable sites, but they may not have what you need.  If you choose to consider other websites as information sources, consider the following indicators. While it is impossible to create an exhaustive list, or to guarantee that any website is reliable, a website is more likely to be reliable if:

    1.  The person, people, or organization producing the website have reason to do so in a relatively unbiased and informative manner. They should also be qualified to produce information on the topic being covered, and their qualifications should be listed or available through another source. If the creator(s) is trying to convince you of something, sell you something, or has a clear agenda, you may want to consider using another source.
    2. There is some form of contact information available on the webpage.
    3. The website seems targeted towards adults or young academics and the language is mature and appropriate. Spelling mistakes should raise very big flags, as should any signs of sloppiness in the presentation of the website.
    4. The information is up-to-date and the website is well maintained.  Many good websites (and some bad ones) will have information at the bottom that indicates when the page was last updated.
    5. The information presented is factual and is clearly distinguishable from opinions and speculation.
    6. The information on the website is supported by other sources that are known (or believed) to be reliable.

      Research Guides and Tools

      Video Tutorials

      Online searching is something that almost everyone does almost every day.  We are all familiar with Google's search box, and most of us contribute to the trillions of searches performed in that search engine annually.  The frequency with which we perform online searches has made us all 'pretty good' at Googling.  Everyone gets stumped eventually, however, and everyone misses things we wished we'd caught.

      These video tutorials provide brief introductions to a few techniques we can use to help us when (or even before) we get stuck.  Enjoy!

      Boolean Operators (Part 1)

       

      This video provides a brief introduction to Boolean operators. It discusses each Boolean term that you are likely to encounter, and provides examples of what happens when they are used in online searching.

      Transcript: Boolean Operators (Part 1)

      Boolean Operators (Part 2)

      This video complements Boolean Operators (Part 1) by describing 6 steps towards efficient and systematic use of Boolean operators in a research database. You will be walked through the process using a real research question and the popular EBSCO database CINAHL.

       

      Transcript: Boolean Operators (Part 2)

      Generating Synonyms

       

      One of the challenges in performing a search is coming up with (and searching) all the terms that can be used to described a concept or idea. This brief video describes two great techniques you can use to help you with this.

       

       

      Database Guides

      For information about the specific databases that are commonly used in Nursing, see the User Guides listed below.  These guides provide a more thorough introduction to the unique features of their databases.

      CINAHL User Guide

      CINAHL is one of the broadest and most comprehensive nursing databases available in North America.  While it is not the only database that you should use for any given research topic, it is definitely one you should consider when deciding on you research strategy.  For some tips and tricks to make the most out of your CINAHL searches, see the CINAHL User Guide.

      Medline User Guide

      Medline is a popular medical database that is hosted on the Ovid platform.  Medline is an excellent place to start any search on topics relating to medicine, health, treatments and diseases.  The Medline User Guide contains describes some of the advanced search techniques that are effective in that database as well as a brief introduction to MeSH (Medical Subject Headings).

      Scopus User Guide

      Scopus is one of the two best science databases currently available in North America.  While not specifically targetted towards either nursing or medicine, the size and breadth of the database makes it extremely versatile and useful for most search topics within the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.  The Scopus User Guide provides details about this database, some advanced searching techniques, as well as information about its highly unique and useful keyword classification system.

      Other Useful Tools

      Guide to Citation and Plagiarism

      UNB Libraries' Guide to Citation and Plagiarism covers many issues related to citation and plagiarism, including:

      • The differences between quoting, paraphrasing and plagiarizing
      • The reason behind (and importance of) accurate and consistent citation in scholarly works
      • Some tips and tricks for avoiding accidental plagiarism
      • Links to formatting and citation information

      Glossary of Library Research Terms

      The Glossary of Library Research Terms is a miniature dictionary that provides definitions (and often explanations) about many of the terms used in libraries, publishing and other scholarly activities.  Although it is unlikely that most students would need to know all the terms available in this glossary, it is a great place to look when you are having trouble understanding a research task or assignment.  Some of the definitions available in the glossary include:

      • Annotated Bibliography
      • Controlled Vocabulary
      • FirstSearch (WorldCat)
      • Periodical
      • Systematic Review

        Citing Your Sources

        Citing your Sources

        Accurate, properly formatted footnotes, reading lists, and bibliographies are hallmarks of good academic research. Through citing, you acknowledge the source of any ideas you mention in your writing, document your research, and provide the information your readers need to track down your sources. Numerous citation styles exist, and each specifies what elements are required (title, author, journal name, etc.) and how the citation should be formatted. The standard citation style for Nursing is APA (American Psychological Association).

        • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2nd printing [with corrections]
          HIL-REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010b

        UNB Libraries and UNB Writing and Study Skills Center provide a number of brief guides to citing various types of information sources, as well as a guide to avoiding inadvertent plagiarism:

        Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) maintains extensive resources and instructional material on APA style and formatting:

        Zotero is a web-based citation manager, available freely online, that allows you to create a database of references that can be organized, searched, and used to automatically construct bibliographies and reading lists in many citation styles.

        • Zotero
          (http://lib.unb.ca/guides/view/index.php/683)

         

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