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A guide to help you find information resources for nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and other health-related topics.
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Nursing & Health Specific Databases

These databases contain the most scholarly and relevant information for your topic.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text  
    The major nursing database: Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature.
    Also has "evidence based care sheets" for reference use.
  • MEDLINE with Full Text  
    Major medical database - use this, not the "free" online PubMed - this has links to full text, the other does not.
  • PsycINFO  
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition  
    Has scholarly full-text articles related to nursing and allied health.
    Also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers generic and brand name drug information.
  • ScienceDirect  
    Contains the fulltext to many scholarly and peer-reviewed nursing journals.
  • Journal Abbreviations
    No articles - gives the full title of a journal if all you have is the abbreviation, like you see in Medline. Hint: use quotes, "Public Health Reports."
    You can also put in the full title, and see what the abbreviation would be.
  • STAT!Ref
    STAT!Ref Nursing E-Books is a collection of 27 nursing resources including reference works, test preparations, and instructional videos. You must click "I accept" at the first page to acknowledge the end-user agreement to get to the STAT!Ref site.

What's that big yellow button?

Don't give up when you see the    search for full text button imagebutton!

You may be able to view the article in another database, or we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery.

Visit this page for more detailed information.


Did you know?

Did you know that you can search multiple EBSCO databases at the same time?

To do this, choose the drop down menu. The database in which you are seaching will already be checked (eg. Academic Search Complete).

Using the check boxes, select:

  • SportDISCUS

Once you've selected the databases, scroll down the screen to look at the specific limiters for each database.

Click Submit and your screen will refresh. You are now searching several databases at once.


Other health-related databases

  • Alt-HealthWatch  
    Alternative health resources about topics like chiropractic, massage therapy, and herbal medicines.
  • Health Reference Center Academic  
    Contains full-text articles, but not as many scholarly articles as the databases on the left.
    Has good background information and personal health information sources.

General databases (not subject-specific)

  • Academic Search Complete  
    A good starting point for all types of research.
    Limit to peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles by checking the box in the search screen.
  • Academic OneFile  
    Another database containing articles in almost any subject.
    To limit results to scholarly articles, click on the "Limit Results" to peer-reviewed publications.


My EBSCOhost is a feature of EBSCO databases that allows you to save your searches and articles for future access. To sign up for this feature, click "Sign In to MY EBSCOhost", at the top right of the screen from any page within an EBSCOhost database.


Advanced Search Reminders

  • Use AND to combine different keywords.  
    • For example, minorities AND coaching
  • Use OR to combine synonyms or related terms 
    • race OR ethnicity OR minorit*
  • To look for a phrase use “quotation marks” around your terms:
    • “human resource management” will find those words next to each other, instead of anywhere on the page.
  • To look for variations of a word, or to look for the singular and plural, use the
    • Minor* will find minority or minorities, but it will also find anything about minor or minors.
  • Use Parentheses: separate synonyms from others.
    • (race OR ethnicity) and coaching

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