A. C. Buehler Library, Elmhurst College
Before you begin your research about a topic, it's important to understand that there are several levels of information that are available to you. Different types of research require different sorts of searches, and you'll need to know what level of information will serve you best. To help you with this process, we have included the following definitions.
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.)
Some Examples of Popular Consumer Health Information Websites
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 Elmhurst College in the library.
What does "peer-reviewed" mean? ~ One kind of professional literature. "A journal for which manuscripts submitted by potential contributors are evaluated by at least one subject specialist in addition to the editor prior to acceptance for publication. Synonymous with refereed." (From Hypertext Library Lingo: A Dictionary of Library and Information Science (http://www.wcsu.edu/library/odlis.html), 10/21/99.)
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.Some full text.
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.
Still not sure if your article is considered professional nursing literature? So you found an article, but you're not sure if it's professional literature? Check this web resource for more information:
This page was created on 6/18/2003 and last modified on 1/07/2004 by J. Hill