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Nursing Guide

Welcome to the Nursing Subject Guide.

Audience: BSN and MSN & NP students & faculty.

Help Available: please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Click a tab to learn more.

APA Citation Style Guide

Evidence Based Practice Guide

Choose an area to see the databases:

Required to find research with nurse as an author or primary investigator?

Common nursing research topics:

  • Education: Nurse training, staffing or education
  • Behavior: Nurse attitudes, relationships & communication on the job,
  • Patients: Patient safety, patient education, health promotion, patient attitudes & satisfaction
  • Health: nurse self-care, stress, health & mental health, quality of life, work life balance, burn out
  • Different Healthcare settings: primary care, hospital, ICU, corrections/prison, home healthcare, Urgent care/Clinic, telehealth


Not usually nursing research:

  • drug treatments or therapy
  • surgical treatment


Searching Databases

CINAHL Complete has filters for:

  • First Author is Nurse
  • Any Author is Nurse

Add the keyword nurs* to any database search

You can search for books & ebooks in Primo.


For General instructions: Finding Books

Find a specific book or chapter

Library of Congress Call Numbers

RM 301            Drug Guides
RT 1-120          Nursing

RT 84.5             Nursing theory
RT 90                Nursing Education


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Use these general guides to look up definitions for terms.
Need Help? Finding Encyclopedia’s Guide

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing  & Allied HealthEbook
Merck manual of diagnosis and therapyREF RC 55 M4
Physicians’ Desk ReferenceREF RS 75. P5
Human Anatomy OnlineWebsite
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite

What is Empirical Research? Watch Video

Finding Primary Research Articles

Use these search techniques to locate primary research articles inside databases.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “research” OR “study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box in the advanced search.

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

  1. Filter by Document/Article/Publication type: health sciences databases often let you limit results by article type. Common options include:
    • Clinical Trials
    • Randomized Controlled Trial
    • Cohort Study
    • Case study/Case Report

Scholarly Journal Titles

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title or ISSN.
  3. Click on the Journal’s title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for the article title on the journal page, or click a database link for years, volumes, and issues.

Note: Digital scans of print journal articles can be requested through Primo. 

Library Research Guides:


Types of Nursing Research (Video)

Tools for Evaluating Research Articles


Nursing Theory : utilization and applicationRT84.5 .N94 2014
Pioneering Theories in NursingEbook

Analyzing and Conceptualizing the Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Middle Range Theory for NursingRT84.5 .M537 2008

Nursing Theories : a framework for professional practice

RT84.5 .M364 2012

Search Terms to Try

  • Nursing education
  • Nursing research
  • Nursing models
  • Nursing theory
  • Nursing theory & Theorist’s name
  • Nursing issues
  • Nursing -philosophy
  • Theorist’s name search (last,first)


See database descriptions in Databases Tab

Try these for life history information about theorists:

Other Research Guides

Background Information


Exam Study guides are located in the Main Stacks at call number:  RT 55

NCLEX RN Exam Preparation Ebooks in Primo

Online Resources

  1. Open LearningExpress Library
  2. From the homepage search for: nclex-rn
  3. Choose one of the activities to try. Under the activity, click Sign in or Register.
  4. Click Register and create a free account.

Note: If you are located on-campus, your institution will be “Badgerlink”. 

Off-campus users:

  1. Choose Mequon-Concordia University Wisconsin from the Choose Your Library list
  2. Enter your CUW library barcode. If you don’t have a Falcon ID card, call the library and ask: 262-243-4330
  3. On the Find Resources page, click on LearningExpress Library.
  4. Create a Free LearningExpress User Account.

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions. 

This video from Marquette University provides excellent search strategies. Search for books in the advanced search in Primo.