Welcome to the Nursing Subject Guide.
Audience: CUW undergraduate and MSN & NP graduate students & faculty.
Help Available: If you need help finding resources, 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.
See the Health Science Tools(PDF) Guide for any easy reference Chart on the features of different Databases
CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost) indexing for journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheet and quick lesson disease overviews.
ClinicalKey (Elsevier) All of Elsevier’s medical and surgical content in one resource, including books, journals, videos, and images.
The Cochrane Library (EBSCOhost) Contains three databases. The Database of Systematic Reviews contains full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is a bibliography of controlled trials to create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. Cochrane Clinical Answers contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.
DynaMed Plus (EBSCOhost) clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based information. DynaMed includes clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics Features include: Use of a strict, evidence-based editorial process, One-click access to full-text articles, Practice-changing updates, Clinical Calculators, Micromedex Clinical Knowledge Suite drug content (plus direct linking to Micromedex), targeted Medline searching and more.
McGraw-Hill Medical Databases – search AccessPharmacy, AccessEmergencyMedicine, AccessPediatrics and AccessSurgery in one integrated search to find the following:
- Patient Education
- Extensive Multimedia Library—A unique collection of examination and procedural videos & animations,
- Multiple Quick Reference Tools—including Quick Medical Dx & Rx, a collection of concise evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice
- Self-Assessment—Extensive Q&A from leading references
- Integrated Drug Database— customizable, printable patient handouts presented in English and Spanish.
MEDLINE Complete (EBSCOhost) Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences. It is an essential resource for health professionals and researchers. Content Includes: full-text journals, and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for current biomedical journals.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Highly objective, evidence-based resource for healthcare professionals on natural medicines.
PubMed (National Library of Medicine) FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) – Provides scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.
Nursing & Allied Health Database (ProQuest) Provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Includes full-text titles plus dissertations in nursing and related fields. Training videos from Medcom, Inc on health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs and many more. Multicultural reports from CultureVision are available for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with respect to their beliefs and practices.
Nursing & Health Professions Premier (Ovid) Provides full-text access to nearly 70 nursing and allied health journals published by leading publishers, including Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, PLUS the Nursing Subset of MEDLINE®.
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
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.
Library of Congress Call Numbers
RT 84.5 Nursing theory
RT 90 Nursing Education
Reference books are located in the short stacks in the center of the library. Need Help? Finding Encyclopedia’s Guide
|Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health||Ebook|
|Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy||REF RC 55 M4|
|Physicians’ Desk Reference||REF RS 75. P5|
|Human Anatomy Online||Website|
|NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia||Website|
- 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 (see first example below).
Library Research Guides:
Types of Nursing Research (Video)
Tools for Evaluating Research Articles
|Nursing Theory : utilization and application||RT84.5 .N94 2014|
|Pioneering Theories in Nursing||Ebook|
|Middle Range Theory for Nursing||RT84.5 .M537 2008|
Nursing Theories : a framework for professional practice
|RT84.5 .M364 2012|
Search Terms to Try
Nursing theory & Theorist’s name
Theorist’s name search (last,first)
See database descriptions in Databases Tab
You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).
For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles
Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo
- Open Primo Journal Title Search
- Search for the Journal’s Title
- Click on the Journal title in the search results.
- Search inside the journal for the article title on the journal page.
Many nursing specialties and states have their own professional organizations.
American Organization of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association (ANA)
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
National League for Nursing (NLN)
National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA)
Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association
HealthData.gov: US health and medicine data
UWM’s Milwaukee Data Guide: Find community health data from the city and Milwaukee county.
National Center for Health Statistics- Fast Stats Alphabetical list of stats on public health issues
National Center for Health Statistics- Health annual report Datafinder tool and free infographics
The Broad Institute: Cancer related data sets
State Health Facts (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
List of Data Healthcare sources online
Overview of Medical conditions and treatments
Covers the basics of medical conditions, medications, and medical tests
MedlinePlus Health Videos
Short anatomy videos explain how diseases and medical conditions work inside the body
NLM Multicultural Health Information Resources
Resources on health information, health education, and cultural competency on minority patient populations.
Research Search Tools
Working on a literature review? Try one of these tools for more research articles and grey literature
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
Evidence based systematic reviews & economic assessments. 1994-March 2015.
Evidence Based Healthcare Search Tool to aid professionals
HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) (NIH)
Search tool for current health services research and public health projects in the US
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.
Exam Study guides are located in the Main Stacks at call number: RT 55
1. From the homepage select Career Preparation
2. Click on Prepare for an Occupation Exam
3. Scroll down to Nursing
4. Choose: Prepare for the NCLEX-RN®
5. Under the relevant practice test or exam guide click Sign in or Register.
6. Click Register and create a free account.
Note: If you are located on-campus, your institution will be “Badgerlink”.
1. Choose Mequon-Concordia University Wisconsin from the Choose Your Library list
2. Enter your CUW library barcode.
3. On the Find Resources page, click on LearningExpress Library and create a LearningExpress User Account.
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.