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Nursing Guide

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.

APA Citation Style Guide 6th ed.

Evidence Based Practice Guide

See the Health Science Tools(PDF) Guide for any easy reference Chart on the features of different Databases

Healthcare General

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 informationDynaMed 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. 

PUBMED Basic Search Tutorial

Nursing Specific

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®.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Guide


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

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 HealthEbook
Merck manual of diagnosis and therapyREF RC 55 M4
Physicians’ Desk ReferenceREF RS 75. P5
Human Anatomy OnlineWebsite
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite
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 “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).
Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research. Advanced Search in ProQuest with added keywords 2. In Ebscohost databases, you can choose “Research” under Publication Type. Publication type box research selected 4. If you get a lot of results, consider limiting by Special interest or Field as well: Options include: Advanced Nursing Practice & Nursing Administration, or specialties like Hospice Care, Pediatric Care, or Women’s Health, for example.

Library Research Guides:

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources in the Health Sciences
Alverno College Nursing Guide
Types of Research Studies (Hierarchy of Evidence) PDF

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

CINAHL Complete
MEDLINE Complete
Academic Search Complete
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Nursing & Health Professions Premier
Nursing & Allied Health Source

Also try these for life history information about theorists:
Gale in Context: Biography

Research Guides

Cardinal Stritch University’s Nursing Theorists Guide
Clayton College & University Nursing Links
Nursing Theories Guide

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles

Journal Titles

Nursing Made Incredibly easy!

Applied Nursing Research
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Nursing Research
Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s TitlePrimo Journal Title Search Box
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for the article title on the journal page.

Search Inside this journal search box


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)

World Health Organization Data Repository: Health-related statistics from over 100 countries

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
List of Data Healthcare sources online


Background Information

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses
Nursing on the Net
Lippincott’s Nursing Center

Overview of Medical conditions and treatments

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia
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. 


Drug Database

Research Search Tools

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

Past, current, and upcoming clinical trials.
NARIC (National Rehabilitation Information Center) DATABASE. 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and audiovisual materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research. 1956 -present.

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


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

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

NCLEX RN Exam Preparation Ebooks in Primo

Online Resources

LearningExpress Library
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.
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.
3. On the Find Resources page, click on LearningExpress Library and create a 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.

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