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Subject Guide: Nursing & Medicine

Selected Databases

CINAHL Complete - (EBSCO): This database is a comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 560 journals indexed in CINAHL. With more than 600,000 full-text articles, it is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.

Nursing Collections I & II (OVID): The Nursing Collections I and II are a subset of the larger Journals@Ovid database. These collections provide full text access to 56 journals specializing in Nursing, including Advances in Nursing Science, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Computers in Nursing, and 53 additional titles.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic - (EBSCO): This database 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 twice a week.

Health Reference Center Academic - (Gale): Health Reference Center -- Academic integrates the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical overviews; and reference books.

MEDLINE Complete - (EBSCO): MEDLINE Complete is the largest companion to the MEDLINE index and provides full text for over 2,500 medical journals. Many are available with no embargo to allow users to access the information as soon as it is published

Nursing & Allied Health Source - (ProQuest): ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source - Reliable, comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing and allied health including journals, evidence-based resources, video, dissertations, reference books and more

More Resources

Alt Health Watch - (EBSCO): This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for nearly 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts.

Cochrane Library from Wiley Interscience: The Cochrane Library on evidence-based medicine. Over 1.5 million articles dating back to 1799.

Health & Wellness resource Center - (Gale): Health & Wellness Resource Center (HWRC) is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and wellness information through a Web interface. Including the respected Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, HWRC delivers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources. Additionally, consumers, students, and professionals are provided with descriptions of and links to several pertinent Web sites.

Health Source: Consumer Edition - (EBSCO): This database is a collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition features more than 130 full text, consumer health magazines. This database is updated on a weekly basis.

High Wire Press: Free Journals Index, Stanford University: HighWire Press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, which produces the online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. HighWire partners with influential scholarly societies, university presses and publishers to create a collection of fully searchable research and clinical literature online. Together, these partners produce 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals publishing in science.

High Wire Press: Journal Search Engine, Stanford University: HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of free full-text life science articles in the world, with 1,791,613 articles available without subscription. Since 1995, with the launch of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), to the continuous online production of hundreds of prestigious journals, such as Science Magazine, the New England Journal of Medicine, PNAS and JAMA, HighWire has established an outstanding reputation for helping to disseminate primary scientific information on the Web.

ICPSR - (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research): The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an organization of member institutions working together to maintain and provide access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction.

InfoTrac (databases menu) - (Gale): Database menu for Gale resources - Emphasis on Reference resources

Medic Latina - (EBSCO): Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals published by renowned Latin American medical publishers providing access to full text for nearly 100 peer-reviewed medical journals in Spanish.

National Library of Medicine (NLM): The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

Natural & Alternative Treatments: Information about conventional and natural treatments for many health conditions. Subjects covered include herbs and supplements, drug-herb and drug-supplement interactions for a wide array of drug categories, alternative therapies, and homeopathy. Information in the articles is based entirely on double-blind, placebo-controlled studies and other forms of meaningful scientific evidence. Evidence-based content was developed and reviewed by a team of physicians and pharmacologists. Coverage: 1997 - present.

PubMed - National Library of Medicine (NLM): PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

Research Library (Proquest): Search the full collection of journals, magazines and newspapers for information on a broad range of general subjects. (Includes APS Online and Historical New York Times.)

Science Direct - (Elsevier): Full-text of over 2000 peer-reviewed Elsevier and Academic Press journals in the sciences, medicine, technology, mathematics, business administration, and other subjects.

Virtual Health Library: A multi-database search engine that will search Medline (1966-present), LILACS (Latin American & Caribbean Health Sciences, 1982-present), theme databases in health, nursing, dentistry, bioethics, disaster relief, homeopathy, and sanitary engineering, plus databases of the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. Medline is in English, LILACS in Spanish and English, other databases are in Spanish, English and/or Portuguese. No full text, citations and abstracts only.

Selected Internet Resources


NursingCenter.com has lists of nursing journals, other publications, continuing education, job listings, and links to other items of interest to nurses.

RN.com is a page of links for nurses, also featuring job listings and continuing education opportunities.

Mayo Clinic's homepage includes patient information on diseases and prescription medicines, first aid and consumer health, and FAQs about a variety of medical conditions written by Mayo Clinic specialists.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. A clearinghouse for information about “complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science.” Includes links to research reports, other publications, and searchable databases. The NCCAM is a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides research reports, project descriptions, and other information on the services and activities of this branch of the National Institutes of Health.

Office of Rare Diseases is a branch of the National Institutes of Health.“Here you can find information on more than 6000 rare diseases, including current research, publications from scientific and medical journals, completed research, ongoing studies, and patient support groups.”

Public Health Foundation details the projects, initiatives, and reports of the Public Health Foundation in Washington DC. “The Public Health Foundation (PHF) provides the public health community with information on and about the infrastructure of the nation's public health system and tracking health objectives and health indicators.”

National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the megasite for medicine in the U.S. Links under “Health Information” include access to the MEDLINE database (MEDLINE/PubMed), a reference database on health topics and prescription drugs (MEDLINEplus), a directory of health organizations (DIRLINE), a catalog of books, journals, and AV materials in the National Library of Medicine (LOCATORplus), and an archive of full-text journal articles (PubMed Central - the selection of journals is small but growing), among many other things. Links to many other databases and publications are listed under “Library Services,” and announcements of NLM research programs and other activities are also available.

PubMed - National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources

Science.gov is designed to be a user-friendly gateway into the vast, vast world of Government-produced or sponsored research. Sites, reports, and databases indexed here lead to general information resources as well as specific research results and hard data.


AIDS Education Global Information Service (AEGIS) is an information site with key topics, fact sheets, news services, a law library, publications, reference, and a list of links.

AIDS/ MedlinePlus Excellent site maintained by the National Library of Medicine and available in English or Spanish. Broad coverage of this topic includes latest news and treatments, disease diagnosis and management, alternative medicine and, much more. Under “Research”, look for preformulated journal searches from Medline on this topic.

Print Resources

Medicine is classification R in the Library of Congress system. It breaks down into sub-categories as follows:

R	Medicine (general), history of medicine
RA	Public health, public aspects of medicine
RB	Pathology
RC	Internal medicine, including psychiatry and geriatrics
RD	Surgery
RE	Ophthalmology
RF	Otorhinolaryngology
RG	Obstetrics and gynecology
RJ	Pediatrics
RK	Dentistry
RL	Dermatology
RM	Therapeutics and pharmacology
RS	Pharmacy and materia medica
RT	Nursing
RV	Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
RX	Homeopathy
RZ	Other systems of medicine

These are the areas of the book collection to browse for nursing and medicine books.

  • Conn’s Current Therapy, REF RM 101 .C87:Authoritative diagnostic and therapeutic standards and best practices in 293 categories of therapy. Each article is signed and includes the institution at which the contributor practices.
  • Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, REF RM 301.12 .D44
  • Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary,REF R121 .D73
  • Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide, REF RM 301.12 .L57
  • Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses, REF RM 301.12 .S55
  • Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary, REF R121 .M89
  • Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR), REF RS 75 .P5: The ultimate reference source on prescription and non-prescription drugs. Lists manufacturers, brand and generic names, product categories, and product information, and includes a photographic product identification guide. Available (free) through the web at www.pdr.net.
  • Prentice-Hall Nursing Drug Guide, REF RM 125 .N78
  • Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook, REF RM 125 .S28
  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, REF R121 .S8
  • Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, REF R121 .T18
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, REF RC 55 .M4: Comprehensive handbook of diseases and other medical conditions, including etiology, symptoms and signs, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Topics can be difficult to find and it is generally necessary to use the index. The language is highly technical, but The Merck Manual of Medical Information, REF RC 81 .M535, covers many of the same topics in layperson”s language.

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