Library Research Guide: Nursing & Health Science
Databases (Scholarly Articles)
- Nursing Reference Center – Great overall nursing reference source for point of care resources. It also includes evidence-based care sheets that summarize diseases and conditions, cultural competency information, patient education handouts, laboratory and diagnosis details, and drug information. Excellent tool to start your research!
- Rehabilitation Reference Center – Reference took that contains information for patients and rehabilitation professionals. It contains journal articles, evidenced-based information on rehab topics such as diseases and treatment. You can also find drug information, patient information and exercize images and other practice resources. Excellent tool to start your research!
- CINAHL with Full Text – The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature covers literature from 1981-present day. Contains full text articles for more than 610 journals in subjects such as nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
- Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Source – Provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, consumer health and much more. They have over 875 full-text titles in over 70 wide ranging topics (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
- SPORTDiscus with Full Text – A full-text database covering sports and sports medicine journals from 1985-present. Subject areas covered include: biomechanics, drugs, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports and exercise psychology, coaching and education, and sports medicine.
- PubMed– “PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.” In order to ensure the easiest search strategy, please select the “Limits” link under the white searchbar and select “Links to Free Full Text” under the “Text Options” subheading. This will ensure that all results are available in their full-text form.
- Proquest Psychology Journals – Covers nearly 300 academic journals in psychology and related fields, all in full-text. Psychology and medical topics are closely related, so mental health medical issues will likely be referenced in this database. (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access.)
- JSTOR – Offers full-text access to archival and current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journal titles in more than 50 subject areas, including 23 titles in Health Policy and 35 titles in Health Sciences (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
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- Medline Plus – “MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.”
- HealthFinder.gov – From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides a”n encyclopedia of over 1,600 health topics from the most trusted sources,” a drug interaction checker, recent health news, popular health topics, and healthy living guides.
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – The government organization “provides direct access to important health and safety topics, scientific articles, data and statistics, tools and resources – and over 900 topics in the CDC.gov A-Z Index.” The information spans injury and safety, data and statistics, emergencies and disasters, healthy living, environmental health, and travelers’ health.
- Health Information – A user-friendly webpage for patients from the National Institutes of Health. It is an easily searchable health topics information source and includes links to Women’s Health topics, Men’s Heath topics, Clinical Trials, and current research.
- PubMed Health – “PubMed Health is a consumer health Web site produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and provides up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, injuries, drugs, supplements, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from institutions around the world.” Included are fact sheets, drug information, links to other health related information, and encyclopdia-entries on health topics.
- Mayo Clinic – With contributions from over 3,300 doctors, scientists, and researchers from the Mayo Clinic, this website provides “easy-to-access tools such as “Symptom Checker” and “First-Aid Guide” for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as more in-depth guides on diseases and conditions, a wealth of healthy living guides, blogs, expert answers, videos, animations, and tests and procedures.”
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- U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Extensive information on FDA approved drugs including information on new drug approvals, drug recalls, news and research. This agency is responsible for the safety of drugs available to the public.
- Drug Information Portal – National Library of Medicine site that provides information for over 25,000 drugs. Users have the option to search by name or category. Results provide a detailed summary of the drugs along with links to other resources that provide further information on its use, clinical trials, research, etc.
- Drug Digest – Noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer heath and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options.
- Mayo Clinic: Drugs & Supplements – Prescription and over-the-counter drug information
- Medline Plus: Drugs, Supplements & Herbal Information – Created by the National Library of Medicine and browsable by generic or brand name.
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- Centers for Disease Control: Data & Statistics – The CDC provides health and safety information to the public and publishes extensive data sets and statistics on a large number of health topics. Also contains FASTSTATS, quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance. In FastStats, links are provided to the original source publications of statistics, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
- ChildStats.gov – Provides links to statistics and data on issues surround children in the U.S. Click on “Data Sources” to locate information on “Healthcare” and “Health.”
- Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health – Public data on the health and health-related services for children, youth and families in the United States. The DRC does this by providing hands-on access to national, state, and regional data findings as well as technical assistance in the collection and use of this data
- FedStats.gov – Links to numerous federal statistical agencies that provide Health Statistics in a variety of areas. On the right hand side of the webpage under the heading “Agencies by subject,” scroll down to Health. This will generate a list of links to the government agencies that collect statistics in Health related subjects.
- HRSA Data & Statistics-The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
- National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology: Data, Tools, & Statistics – This website services as an index for health statistics on the web. It contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.
- PeriStats – Developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center this website preseents maternal and infant health-related data. Aggregating data from 12 government agencies and organizations, PeriStats provides access to the most current maternal and infant health statistics on topics such as preterm birth, infant mortality, tobacco use, cesarean section rates, and health insurance coverage.
- Statistical Abstract: Health & Nutrition – Statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage, including Medicare and Medicaid, medical personnel, hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities, injuries, diseases, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption.
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