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Find Articles Using Databases

Find Books and Dissertations

Internet Resources

Multimedia Materials

Reference Resources

Statistics and Data

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Selected Resources for: Nursing

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Subject Librarian: Charity Karcher

Need a nursing article and don't know where to start? Try CINAHL
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Find Articles Using Databases

    Academic or Scholarly

  CINAHL Plus with Full Text Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
    1937 - present
Resource for searching nursing and allied health literature. For more information on how to use CINAHL, see CINAHL Help Sheets & User Guides. Tutorials are also available: CINAHL with Full Text: Basic Searching; CINAHL Plus with Full Text Advanced Searching; Using CINAHL and Mesh Headings. NOTE: tutorials are under 6 minutes long and use Flash and Javascript.
  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
Includes the full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews prepared by The Cochrane Collaboration. Two types of reviews are included: Complete and Protocols (Protocols are the background, objectives and methods for reviews currently being prepared). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Tutorial.
  Evidence Based Medicine Reviews Multifile Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
    Coverage varies by database
Allows you to search simultaneously the four Evidence Based Medicine Reviews databases: ACP Journal Club (ACP), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (formerly Cochrane Controlled Trials Register-CCTR)(CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE). Allows a maximum of 3 users at a time across all four databases.
  Health Sciences: A SAGE Full-Text Collection Authentication Required 
    Coverage varies by journal
Includes the full text of 26 journals published by SAGE and participating societies.
  Mosby's Nursing Consult Authentication Required 
    Coverage varies by resource
Includes Nursing reference books, journals, drug information, patient education materials, drug calculators, clinical updates, practice guidelines, images, and Nursing-related news.
  PILOTS Authentication Required 
    1871 - present
Includes citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events.
  PsycINFO Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
    1887 - present
Contains over 2.5 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines.
  PubMed (Medline and more)
    1950 - present
PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts. PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. NLM's PubMed Tutorial.
  Science Direct Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
    Coverage varies by journal
Indexes high-quality, peer-reviewed research journals in the sciences.

    Discipline Specific

Contains citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines.

Find Books and Dissertations


  ODU Library Catalog
To see what Perry Library owns or has access to. The Library of Congress classification for Nursing is RT 1-120; for Nursing Specialties: RT89-120
  WorldCat Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
Worldwide library catalog.

    Dissertations and Theses

  Dissertations & Theses Full Text Authentication Required EndNote Enabled 
    1861 - present
Contains many full-text doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Indexes dissertations and theses back to 1861. A subset of this database is Dissertations & Theses @ ODU, which allows access to the citations and abstracts of ODU student dissertations and theses, as well as the full text in PDF format (when available).


  e-Books Via Mosby's Nursing Consult Authentication Required 
Fulltext electronic books available via Mosby's Nursing Consult.
  NCBI Bookshelf
Provides a growing, searchable collection of biomedical books.
  R2 Digital Library Authentication Required New resource EndNote Enabled 
    Coverage varies
The R2 Digital Library includes over 70 electronic books in Nursing, Allied Health, and Medicine.

Internet Resources

    Agency or Organization Web Sites

  American Nurses Association
  Joanna Briggs Institute
"The Joanna Briggs Institute is an International not-for-profit Research and Development Organisation specialising in Evidence-Based resources for healthcare professionals in nursing, midwifery, medicine, and allied health."
  National Institute of Nursing Research
  Virginia Board of Nursing
  Virginia Nurses Association


  MedlinePlus Health Information
Health Information via the National Library of Medicine.
  National Guideline Clearinghouse
Provides evidence-based clinical guidelines in medical and related fields.

    Web Sites

  AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Nursing Research
  CEBM Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
EBM tools from the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.
  Drug Information Portal
Drug information on over 18,000 drugs (as of December 2009). Non-US drugs are included, but not as completely. From the National Library of Medicine.
  Hardin MD Medical Pictures/Disease Pictures
Contains links to medical pictures on the Web. Also includes a Medical Gallery of images hosted by Hardin MD.
  McGill University Health Centre. Evidence Based Nursing
Evidence Based Nursing tools.
  Trip Database--Clinical Search Engine
TRIP Databases is a clinical search tool.

Multimedia Materials


  Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination: volumes 1-18, full series Authentication Required 
NOTE: Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.
Location: Internet

Reference Resources

    Almanacs and Encyclopedias

  Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health Authentication Required 

    Citation Style Manuals

  APA Formatting and Style Guide (from the OWL at Purdue)
  APA Style-University of Wisconsin
Provides a quick resource for citing references in papers using the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010). These materials will introduce you to APA documentation and show you examples which you can use as templates for citing your own references.

    Dictionaries and Thesauri

  Concise Medical Dictionary (Oxford) Authentication Required 
  Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Includes a medical dictionary.


  Accessing Perry Library’s Online Journals Guide
Have a journal citation and want to check if the Library has the full text article? Need to check if the Library has a particular journal? This guide provides step by step instructions on using the Find Journals and Newspapers feature on the Library's website.
  EndNote@Old Dominion University Libraries
EndNote is a tool for acquiring, organizing and managing citations.
  Guide to Finding Tests and Measurements
A guide to finding listings, reviews and full text of tests and measurements. Created by ODU Librarians.
  Research Instruments and Questionnaires in CINAHL. From the Duke University Medical Center Library
Helpful tips on how to find information on research instruments and questionnaires in the CINAHL database.
  User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
From the Medical Library Association.


  America's Best Hospitals
From U.S.News and World Report.
  America's Health Rankings
  Hospital Compare
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Statistics and Data

    Statistical Resources

Provides easy access via the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy to the full range of statistics and information produced by federal agencies for public use.
  Kaiser Family State Health Facts
  National Center for Health Statistics
The nation's principle health statistics agency compiles information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the people.
  National Vital Statistics System
  U.S. Census Bureau
Provides timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.