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What is a Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Article?
Peer-reviewed journal articles have gone through a special review process (peer review, naturally). This means scholars of a discipline have read an article carefully and determined that it makes a worthwhile contribution and was researched correctly. This is why instructors prefer you to use peer-reviewed articles -- it guarantees that your sources are good ones.
To find an article, search the Journal Locator for the journal title. Here's an example of where in the citation you'll find the title.
If we don't have access, you can request the article through interlibrary loan.
Want to know if the Library has electronic access to your favorite journal title? Look for it using the TITLE or ISSN search or browse for e-journals by subject.
Journals for Nursing
Journal articles report the latest findings in a field, provide reviews of the literature for selected topics, and discuss issues important to a professional group. Search for journals in the Journal Locator, or, under Browse By Discipline, click Nursing & Allied Health to see the more than 700 journals we have access to.
Journals of special interest in Nursing include:
Mednar Deep Web Search Engine
MedNar is a custom Google search for the "deep web" of medical information. It searches commercial sites as well as government sites, includling the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and the National Library of Medicine. Mednar allows for limiting results by type, suggests medical subject headings (MeSH), and includes a medical dictionary.
Find articles, books, & other materials in one comprehensive search.
Find books and e-books with NUMA Search.
Search for books available from other libraries in WorldCat and request them through Interlibrary Loan.
Use this database to locate journal articles and books on all aspects of nursing and allied health. CINAHL Complete is the world’s most comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. Although the emphasis is on nursing, many of the references also relate to allied health disciplines such as cardiopulmonary technology, health education, medical, and laboratory technology, occupational therapy, emergency service, and social services in health care.
PubMed comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.
Web of Science
Web of Science is a database containing citations to articles and other sources in all areas of knowledge. (The database doesn't include full text, but links to full text if we have access.) Try Firefox first for this database -- it's not working correctly in Chrome right now. This link to the beta version loads faster in Chrome.
Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more from the National Library of Medicine.
Other Useful Databases
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Use this database to access scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also included are abstracts and indexing for hundreds of journals.
Nursing & Allied Health Source
Provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more, as well as meeting the needs of researchers at healthcare facilities as well as nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions.
This database includes journals and magazines covering an enormous range of health subjects, from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry
Health & Medical Collection
Provides information on all major clinical and healthcare disciplines, including medical sciences, immunology, pharmacology, nursing, physical fitness and hygiene, surgery, and others.