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Nursing resources

Key databases

Academic Search Premier–This is a multi-disciplinary database, using it would be a good place to conduct a general search of your topic. It would also be especially useful if your research topic crosses multiple disciplines. This database includes full text for nearly 9000 academic journals, including full text for more than 7000 journals.

Access Medicine– This database focuses on emerging trends, across a number of healthcare professions. You might want to select this database if you are focusing on an emerging trend, or current event within the health field.

CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature*– CINAHL is the abbreviation for the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature. It is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database and provides full text versions of more than 760 journals. This database also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1982 are also included.

The Cochrane Library– is a collection of three databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and tool you can use to get quick answers to clinical questions. This resource includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) – Cochrane Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) – Clinical Trials, Epistemonikos – “Other Reviews,” Clinical Answers.

The Directory of Open Access Journals– is a collection of freely available Academic Journals. This database includes more than 17,000 journals, and more than 7,000,000 articles available covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. They have journals that focus specifically on a variety of sciences and health sciences within their holdings.

JSTOR– is a general resource and would be a good place to start a general search. This database contains full-text scholarly journals from the Arts & Sciences I, III & VIII collections which include archaeology, arts & art history, classical studies, history, humanities, language & literature, music, philosophy, and social sciences.

Natural Medicines– a resource which provides information about specific herbs and supplements and their effects, as well as citation for effects for further research.

Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus Collection– This is a collection of more than 45 premier peer reviewed nursing journals. The full text of all journals are available in full.

PsycARTICLES– Covers the professional academic literature focusing on psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas.

PubMed– Grants access to MEDLINE (which contains citations and abstracts, and provides access to a broad range of biomedical and health literature). This could lead you to find articles you might need an ILL request for. New reference items for not yet indexed in MEDLINE are included in PubMed.

ScienceDirect– provides access to more than 18 million articles and book chapters from over 2,650 peer-reviewed journals and 42,000 e-books, including books, book series and major reference works, and digital archives that reach as far back as 1823 to help users discover more science, use their time efficiently and make decisions with the highest-quality scientific information.

UpToDate–this database focuses on patient care, it uses current evidence to answer clinical questions quickly and easily. The goal is to save clinicians’ time, while improving outcomes, and lowering health care costs.

Selected ejournal titles

  • Applied Nursing Research – Available from 1995. You can access this journal through Science Direct. This journal aims to present peer reviewed research findings clearly and it’s focus is for clinical applications in all nursing specialties.
  • International Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies – Available from 2012. You can access this journal through Geneva Foundation Free Medical Journals. It’s aim is to aid in the international understanding and development of nursing both as a profession and as an academic discipline.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine – Available from 1990. You can access this journal through the Massachusetts Medical Society. This journal focuses on research, clinical insights, and medical breakthroughs.
  • Nursing Education Perspectives – Available from 2002. You can access this journal through Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus. This is the official publication of the National League for Nursing. Subject matters that are highlighted are nursing education, faculty issues, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative programs.
  • PLoS Medicine – Available from 2004. You can access this journal through the Academic Search Premier. This journal publishes outstanding human studies that substantially enhance the understanding of human health & disease.

Browse print books

Below are a list of call numbers that might be of interest in your research:

Search Term Call Number/Range
Nursing RT 1 – RT 120
Specialties in Nursing RT 89 – RT 120

You can also use the library’s homepage to search the catalog for a specific search term. You can search for your research topic, or for a specific item, academic journal, or author. When you search the library’s catalog, you can also see if a print item is checked out, or could be available online.


ebook Central: The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

eBook Collection: The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

 Hathi Trust: This is a digital library with the mission of research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This resource has information about Dentistry available, what is unique about this resource is there are resources multiple languages, as well as older articles as well.

Ovid Books– This is a collection of eBooks that focus on health and medicine.  You are able to download chapters of the books.

R2 Digital Library: This is a digital library that contains medical texts. There are a variety of subjects covered within this collections from psychiatry to alternative medicine.


In addition to the previously mentioned eBook Databases, the DSM-5 is accessible to you through your University of Bridgeport account.

DSM Library (Fifth Edition)

Selected Nursing Websites

Medical Searches:

MedNar is a federated search that focuses on medical information. This service searches commercial sites as well as government sites, and allows you to limit results by type. MedNar also suggests medical subject headings (MeSH) for searches, as well a medical dictionary.

TRIP is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. The site also allows clinicians to search across other content types including: images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses, and news.

Medical and Nursing Research Webpages: – A searchable database, run by the National Library of Medicine, of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.

Interagency Collaborative on Nursing Statistics (ICONS)
Promotes the generation of data and research on the nursing workforce. Members of ICONS include representatives from numerous organizations and government agencies that have expressed a commitment to research about nurses, nursing education, and the nursing workforce through their missions, goals, or strategic plans.

MedLine Plus’ Medical Terminology Encyclopedia: MedLine Plus’ information is from National Library of Medicine. This page links to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

Merck Manual – Professional Version
Information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written for the health care professional.

The National Institute of Health’s Herb List – This resource is an app you can download to either iOS or Android. It was created by the National Institute of Health, and contains information on potential safety problems, side effects, and herb-drug interactions with additional links to resources for more information. They can also mark favorite herbs for quick recall and offline accessibility.

The National Library of Medicine – The National Library of Medicine is operated by the United States Government. It conducts and supports research in methods for recording, storing, retrieving, preserving, and communicating health information.


American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs.

Nursing License Map
A simple guide to nursing licensure in your state, helping you to advance your nursing career.

NCLEX-RN Test Prep through Khan Academy has free NCLEX test prep question sets.

Vivian: Connecticut’s License Guide this guide contains information about obtaining your nursing license in Connecticut. They also have information about other states licensure, as well as a job board.

Professional/Academic Societies:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Nursing World (American Nuses Association/ANA)
The ANA, representing  the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates, advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing
The invitation-only Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, works to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

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