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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
To find Primary Research Articles inside databases Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “this study” OR “a 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

Research Search Tools

Working on a literature review? Try one of these tools for more research articles and grey literature

PICO Specific Search Tools

Trip Database – Clinical Search Engine Clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.
Search PubMed with PICO

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

Journal Titles

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  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. 

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.