A. C. Buehler Library, Elmhurst College
Consumer Health Information ~ Books, web sites, and other materials such as "magazines and newsletters written for the public or general consumers of health information." (From Magazines for Libraries by Bill Katz and Linda Sternberg Katz. 9th ed. New Providence, New Jersey: R.R. Bowker, 1997. p. 915.)
Professional Nursing Literature ~ Information written for health care professionals by health care professionals. Below are some examples of professional nursing literature that we have at the library:
Indexing databases (mostly citations, some full text)
CINAHL~ The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health database provides coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. Virtually all English-language publications are indexed along with the publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. Selected journals are also indexed in the areas of consumer health and biomedicine.
Medline~ International index to all areas of medicine.
ProQuest Nursing Journals~ More than 250 leading full-text journals in nursing and allied health.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition~ Selected full text includes nearly 480 scholarly full text journals, focusing on many medical disciplines.
Many searches can be performed by using keywords. Enter a word or phrase into the search box and see what results you come up with. Note that some terms will give you too many or too few results- just remember that there is no "magic search." You may have to seach several different databases or try some other related terms or word combinations to find what you're looking for. Don't just take the first thing you find- a good, thorough search can take a little time.
Still not sure if your article is considered professional nursing literature?
Check this web resource for more information: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals.
Illinet Online is the library's catalog.You can do a "Quick Search" and browse a subject, such as Nursing. Enter a subject in the search box, and in the "Search by" box, choose "Browse subject." You'll get a long alphabetical list of nursing subjects, and you can use the arrow key to toggle back and forth between pages in the list.
The "Guided Keyword" screen is another way to use the catalog. Here, you can use keywords or phrases to do a more specific kind of search. The question mark symbol (?) will allow you to search more efficiently. Instead of doing separate searches with different terms like nursing theory or nursing theorists or nurse theory, etc., you can search for all of phrases at once with a search like this:
This would give you all results such nursing theory, nurse theorists, nursing theorists and nurse theory. A great way to search for several things at once!
If you find something but we don't have it at our library, check out our Interlibrary Loan department.
Search for the periodical title in Illinet Online. Enter the journal name in the search box, such as the American Journal of Nursing.
If you don't find the periodical you need, take a look at the Alphabetical List of Journals and Magazines Available Online. You can also call or email the reference department to inquire about a specific title or ask a question.
What if we don't have the journal or book that you need? Well, then you'll have to to learn about...
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, call number R808.06615 P976 2001
The official manual on the APA format. Ask for this item at the reference desk. We also have a limited number of copies for checkout.
This page was created on 6/18/2003 by Anne-Jordan Baker
~last modified on 6/15/2004 by J. Hill