Nursing Research Guide
Use the catalogs below to locate print and audio-visual
Reference Works (Print and Electronic)
Reference materials are well indexed, organized, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need.
Click here** to view recommended books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.
**Clicking this link will take you to the Consumer Health Resource Guide's section on reference materials including full-text, online reference books
Click here to view nursing drug books found in the C.O.D. reference collection or
Click here to view ALL pharmacology, drug and herbal supplement related reference materials
Click here for nursing resources found in the C.O.D. reference collection
Look for journal articles on your topic in C.O.D.'s article databases (online indexes that also contain some full text articles). You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.
C.O.D.'s Health Databases
Atlases, Dictionaries and Handbooks
Online Journals in Health Care and Nursing*
*Remember that you can search for FREE full text articles from hundreds of nursing journals as well as credible medical journals and magazines by using the C.O.D. Health databases (a valid C.O.D. Library card is necessary to search from non-C.O.D. computers)
Select Nursing and Heath Care Organizations
Useful Web Sites
- ANA Research Toolkit
ANA has developed a Research Toolkit to help you provide evidence-based care that promotes quality health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and health care systems. The Toolkit can also assist you in shaping health policy at the bedside, within an organization, and at the local, state and national level. The toolkit offers an introduction to research and evidence-based practice. It provides access to numerous resources to translate evidence into practice and to support nurse researchers. Members only can log in and have access to a research repository with reviews of research articles. This toolkit will change over time and add new resources to meet your needs.
- Care Plans from RNCentral.com, free sample care plans
- C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System [DuPage County]
is a fast and easy way to obtain basic information on social service programs throughout DuPage County [Mozilla Firefox browser is recommended, Internet Explorer sometimes does not display correctly]
- DuPage County Health Department promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness and disability; protects health from environmental risk factors; and strives to assure the provision of accessible, quality services. Web site topics include: asthma, depression, bioterrorism, consumer services, dental services, DuPage safe food site, environmental health services, mental health services and men's and women's health sites
- EBPHN: Access to Electronic Health Information Evidence Based Public Health Nursing information
- Healthfinder U.S.
Dept. of Health and Human Services. Offers consumer information
useful for patient education.
- How to Try This: Assessments and Best Practices in Care of Older Adults Evidence based assessment tools and demonstration videos from the
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) and the American Journal of Nursing
- MEDLINEplus Extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and
other trusted sources on over 800 diseases and conditions. There are also lists
of hospitals and physicians, interactive tutorials, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary,
health information in Spanish and other languages, extensive information on prescription and
nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, surgery videos, and links to thousands
of clinical trials.
Nursing Medscape Nursing is a free resource (registration required) for nurses, featuring Free Nursing CE (Continuing Education), medical journal articles pertaining to nurses, MEDLINE, medical news, major Nursing conference coverage, and comprehensive drug information.
- National Guideline
Clearinghouse Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
(AHRQ) Searchable database of clinical practice guidelines.
- National Nursing Database from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the compiled date is updated daily, providing real time nursing licensure and discipline statistics. Note that no individual identifying information is available
Health Information Index from National Institutes of
Health. A searchable directory of NIH Institutes.
- Nursing-Theory.org provides information and articles on theories & models, nursing theorists, and famous nurses
- The Nursing Theory Page from the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.
Citing Sources with the APA Style Guidelines
Use these resources to properly document your research.
Studying for LPN or RN Pre-Entrance Exams?
Take advantage of the COD Library's Nursing Entrance Exam Resources (PDF Document)
Need assistance with Nursing Research (includes searching CINAHL)?
Try out my Tips to Successful Nursing Research Handout! (Word Document)
Need assistance finding cultural (including racial, ethnic, minority, and religious) diversity in health care resources?
Use the COD Library Cultural Diversity Resources Handout (PDF Document)
Don't hesitate to contact me with questions!
Debra J. Kakuk Smith
Associate Professor, Health Sciences Librarian