Subjects » Nursing


Welcome to the Nursing Subject Guide.

Audience: CUAA undergraduate and graduate students in nursing,

Help Available: Contact your librarian with Ask a Librarian, call 734-995-7454, or stop by the reference desk on-campus.

How to Use: Click a tab on the left to learn more

Evidence-based Practice Guide
APA Citation Style Guide

Health Science Tools Database Guide (.DOC)

Evidence Based Research
CINAHL Complete
Nursing and Allied Health research journals, books, conference proceedings and evidence-based care sheets.

The Cochrane Library
Contains three databases: Database of Systematic Reviews,  
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Clinical Answers, which contains a clinical question and a short answer of evidence.  

DynaMed Plus
A clinical reference tool that provides fast, easy access to the latest filtered evidence-based information. Clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics

MEDLINE Complete
Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences. Content Includes: full-text journals, and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for current biomedical journals.

FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Mental Health Medicine

Nursing & Allied Health Database
Reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Full-text titles plus dissertations in nursing and related fields. Training videos from Medcom, Inc on health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs and many more. Multicultural reports from CultureVision are available for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases


Required to find research with a nurse as an author or primary investigator? 

Common nursing research topics:

  • Education: Nurse training, staffing or education
  • Behavior: Nurse attitudes, relationships & communication on the job,
  • Patients: Patient safety, patient education, health promotion, patient attitudes & satisfaction
  • Health: nurse self-care, stress, health & mental health, quality of life, work life balance, burn out
  • Different Healthcare settings: primary care, hospital, ICU, corrections/prison, home healthcare, Urgent care/Clinic, telehealth

Not usually nursing research:

  • drug treatments or therapy
  • surgical treatment

Searching Databases

CINAHL Complete has filters for:
First Author is Nurse
Any Author is Nurse

Add the keyword nurs* to any database search

Search for books and ebooks in Primo.


For General instructions: Finding Books Guide

Library of Congress Call Numbers

RM 301            Drug Guides
RT 1-120           Nursing

RT 84.5             Nursing theory
RT 90                Nursing Education


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

NANDA Nursing diagnoses : definitions and classifications REF RT 48.6 N36 2018
Nursing2018 Drug HandbookREF RM 125 .N87 2018
Merck Manual Professional EditionWebsite
Human Anatomy OnlineWebsite
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite

Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research Articles inside databases.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “this study” OR “a study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

Advanced Search in ProQuest with added keywords

2. In Ebscohost databases, you can choose
“Research” under Publication Type.

Publication type box research selected

4. If you get a lot of results, consider limiting by Special interest or Field as well:

Options include: Advanced Nursing Practice & Nursing Administration, or specialties like Hospice Care, Critical Care (ICU), Emergency, Pediatric Care, or Women’s Health, for example.

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).
See Finding Journal Articles for general instructions 
Search for more journal titles inside Primo: EJournals Search

Background Information

Research Search Tools

Working on a literature review? Try one of these tools for more research articles and grey literature


Trip Database – Clinical Search Engine  
Clinical search tool for rapidly identifying the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.
Search PubMed with PICO

Video Tutorials

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