Nursing & Allied Health Resources

Databases

CINAHL Plus with Full-Text: Scholarly nursing and allied health database in a new interface.

    • Search using keyword smart searching, by publication, or with improved guided subject searching using standardized medical terminology.
    • Combine terms using AND, OR and NOT EX: "diabetes and children" will return results with both terms, "diabetes or blood sugar" will return results with either term, and "diabetes not children" will get rid of anything about children.
    • New "Narrow Results By" tabs to improve searching capabilities and provided targeted results.

Consumer Health Complete: a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content.

    • Designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.
    • Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to  complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

MEDLine Plusthe National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, MedlinePlus provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness topics in language you can
understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information—anytime, anywhere, at no cost.

PubMed: Accessible on the web. An extremely comprehensive citation database; no full-text. Any articles found here can be ordered using the interlibrary loan form.

Books

Use the AVALON and Mobius catalogs

Quest catalog includes CMU, Mo Valley, UCM and State Fair. Items from AVALON usually arrive in 2-3 days and check out for 1 month.

MOBIUS catalog is state wide; items requested arrive in 5-7 days and check out for 3 weeks. Request items from off-campus using your name and student ID number.

Specific medical terms will not return many results, so try to use broader terms.

Other Sources

National Center for Health Statistics

American Medical Association

American Nursing Association

National Institute for Health and Care Excellent Evidence Search

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quailty

 

What are Peer Reviewed Sources?

Essentially, 'peer review' is an academic term for quality control.  Each article published in a peer-reviewed journal was closely examined by a panel of reviewers who are experts on the article's topic (that is, the author's professional peers...hence the term peer review).  The reviewers look for proper use of research methods, significance of the paper's contribution to the existing literature, and integration of previous authors' work on the topic in any discussion (including citations!).  Papers published in these journals are expert-approved...and the most authoritative sources of information for college-level research papers.

Articles from 'popular' publications, on the other hand (like magazines, newspapers or many sites on the Internet), are published with minimal editing (for spelling and grammar, perhaps; but, typically not for factual accuracy or intellectual integrity).  While interesting to read, these articles aren't sufficient to support research at an academic level.

But, with so many papers out there, how do you know if a paper has been peer reviewed?

Searching the library's databases can save you a lot of time...allowing you to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles only (with a single click!)  Most internet search engines (like Google and Yahoo) can't do this for you, leaving you to determine for yourself which of those thousands of articles are peer-reviewed.