NRS 414: Care Management Seminar for Baccalaureate Nurses, Spring 2005
A. C. Buehler Library, Elmhurst College
Your Research Process
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. Some may be "peer-reviewed." Below are some examples of professional nursing literature that we have at the library:
Many searches can be performed by using keywords. Here's an example of some effective keywords:
Some searches return too many or too few results. If this happens, you need to refine your search terms:
2 tricks of the trade:
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. Includes consumer and professional-level information..Some full text (although there is no way to limit your search to full text only in this database).
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.
PsycINFO ~Coverage includes medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas. Linked full text is available.
Illinet Online is the library's catalog.One of the quickest ways to search is to browse by subject. Enter a subject term (such as Nursing) 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.
If you can't find books writtten specifically about your subject, then try entering in keywords and do an "Any Word Anywhere" search. Use quotation marks to restrict your search to a specific phrase.
2 tricks of the trade:
This page was created on 6/18/2003 by Anne-Jordan Baker~ last modified 2/14/2005 by J. Hill