Subject: Nursing

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This guide is designed to help you research information about Nursing . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest. Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes BPL)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • nursing
  • minorities in nursing
  • nurse and patient
  • public health nursing
  • family nursing
  • intensive nursing

New Books

Raingruber, B. (2014). Contemporary health promotion in nursing practice. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Call Number: RT42.R34 2014
Practice development in nursing and healthcare
McCormack, B., Manley, K., and Titchen, A. (Eds.). (2013). Practice development in nursing and healthcare (2nd ed.) Ames, IA: John Wiley & Sons.

Nursing with disabilities: professional issues and job retention
Neal-Boylan, L. (2013). Nursing with disabilities: professional issues and job retention. New York, NY: Springer Pub.

Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job
Thomas, L. M. (2013). Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

Circulating Books

Catalano, J. T. (2012). Nursing now: today's issues, tomorrow's trends (6th ed). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Co.
Call Number: RT82 .C33 2012

Alexander, E. L.(2011). Alexander's care of the patient in surgery (14th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.
Call Number: RD99 .M387 2011 (Oversize)

Johnson, J. Y. & Keogh, J.. (2010). Pediatric nursing demystified. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Medical.
Call Number: RJ245.J64 2010

Nightinglae, F. (1969). Notes on nursing: what it is, and what it is not. New York, NY: Dover Publications.
Call Number: RT40 .N5 1969
Sheldon, L. K (2009). Communication for nurses : talking with patients. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Call Number: RT23.S53 2009

Reference Books

This is a selection of books in the reference collection. Books with a call number beginning in REF are located on the second floor of the library. Linked books are available through Credo Reference or Ebrary.
  • Dictionaries

Dictionary of Nursing
Collin, P. (Ed.). (2007). Dictionary of Nursing (2nd ed.). London, UK: A. & C. Black.
Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions
(2013) Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (9th ed.). St.Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
Churchill Livingstone's Dictionary of Nursing
Brooker, C. (Ed.). (2012). Churchill Livingstone's Dictionary of Nursing (19th ed.). Boston, MA: Credo Reference.
  • Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research
Fitzpatrick, J. J. & Kazer, M. W. (Eds.). (2012). Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Pub.

Krapp, K. (Ed.). (2002). Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health. Detroit, MI: Gale Group.
Call Number: REF RT21 .G353 2002 (Vols. 1-5)
  • Handbooks

Canobbio, M. M. (2006). Mosby's Handbook of Patient Teaching (3rd ed.). St.Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
Call Number: REF RT90 .C36 2006

Betz, C. L. & Sowden, L. A. (Eds.). (2004). Mosby's Pediatric Nursing Reference (5th ed.). St.Louis, MO: Mosby.
Call Number: REF245 .M675 2004
(2008). PDR Nurses' Drug Handbook. New York, NY: Thomson.
Call Number: REF RM125.P37 2009
Trissel, L. A. (2007). Handbook on Injectable Drugs (14th ed.). Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Call Number: REF RM143 .T74 2007
(2012). Physicians' Desk Reference (66th ed.). Montvale, NJ: Thomson PDR.
Call Number: REF RS75 .P5 2012

Ackley, B. J. & Ladwig, G. B. (Eds.). (2011). Nursing diagnosis handbook: an evidence-based guide to planning care (9th ed.). Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby.
Call Number: REF RT48.6 .A35 2011


Click Here for the list of print nursing journals and magazines here in the library.

E-Journal List

E-Journal List, tool to search for journal name by titles and subjects, browseable through the library-subscribed databases. Access to 200 full text nursing, health and medical publications. Click on "Search" tab and serach "nursing" by subject.


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
  • Academic Search Premier Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 192,000 articles mentioning "nursing", 6,700 mentioning "emergency" and "nursing," and 5,200 for "nursing and "geriatric." Tutorial
  • Biomedical Reference Collection Provides access to 100 full text journals covering such disciplines as clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences.
  • CINAHL Plus® with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index – with no embargo. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.
  • Health Reference Center Academic 1980-, Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition, With Health Source: Consumer Edition you can search for information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 160 journals including the British Medical Journal and The Lancet, as well as abstracts and indexing for over 170 general health, nutrition and professional health care publications.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition , Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.
  • MEDLINE, Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

Streaming Videos

taylor_video_guide_nursing.pngTaylor's video guide to clinical nursing skills - 17 nursing streaming videos. Enter your library barcode to gain access from off campus.

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand

Over 1,000 Health & Medicine videos, searchable by keyword. A sampling of the offerings include:

external image 39261_thumb.jpgTwo-Year Career Preparation: Licensed Practical Nurse
Preparation for an LPN career includes courses in anatomy and physiology, and nursing procedures. Good people skills and patience are essential for an LPN. Job satisfaction is high. (2:01 minute clip)

external image 36915_thumb.jpgMichele Speer, RN: Early Days
Michele Speer knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Speer shares the experiences and educational achievements which enabled her to become an operating room nurse. (02:37 minute clip)

external image 42197_thumb.jpgBasic Clinical Skills: Surgical Wound Care
Focusing on emotional as well as physical aspects of postoperative healing, this program thoroughly illustrates essential techniques and supplies required for changing a variety of surgical wound dressings and addresses potential complications that can affect open and closed wounds. Assessment of a patient’s pain level and overall condition during recovery is also explained. Graphic clinical footage and photos appear throughout. Designated for 2 contact hours of continuing nursing education. The DVD version includes a workbook. (27 minutes)

external image 33751_thumb.jpgNight Nursing Staff
A night nurse in the neurology unit shares the experiences she has with patients. Night nurses work together in a supportive atmosphere even though there are many different personalities among the nursing staff. (04:09 minute clip)

external image 29320_thumb.jpgThe Patient Care Nursing Team
Wherever people need wellness services, acute care for an illness or injury, or medical support when bedridden or shut-in, nurses are standing by. This video introduces students to the rewarding career of nursing, the largest healthcare profession in America. Incorporating interviews with working nurses from a range of medical specialties, the program describes the challenges that nurses face in a variety of work environments—including hospitals, clinics, schools, and homes—and outlines the education and licensing process that nurses must complete. The importance of organization, coping with stress, and the personal and emotional benefits of nursing are also communicated. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Meridian Production. (15 minutes)

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Preventing Health Care-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care
Also known as nosocomial infections, health care-associated infections usually develop after a patient’s admission to a long-term care facility. This program describes the causes of and prevention strategies for health care-associated infections in hospitals and other medical facilities. Outlining a hypothetical chain of infection (pathogen, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, and host), the video identifies the pathogens most commonly associated with nosocomial infections and promotes thorough and regular hand hygiene, disinfection procedures, and adherence to CDC prevention guidelines. In-depth sections cover best practices for catheters, respirators, suction tubes, and wound sites so as to prevent transmission of urinary tract infections, pneumonias, skin infections, and bloodstream infections. Designated for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education. The DVD version includes a workbook. (29 minutes)

Nursing Videos at the Circulation Desk


Adapted from Nursing Research Guide compiled by College of Dupage Library.
Atlases, Dictionaries and Handbooks

Online Journals in Health Care and Nursing

Nursing and Health Care Organizations

NCLEX-RN(National Council Licensure Examination)

General Health Related Web Sites

Citing Sources: Style Guides

These resouces will help you to correctly cite any sources you use in your research.

APA Style TutorialLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared by Ted Intarabumrung:
Updated 04/11/2011 by Quinn Eureka; updated 03-01/2014 by Katie Bliss.