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NURSING: Research Guide | Get Started

Research help and resource suggestions for research in Nursing.

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Amanda Walch
Raugust Library, Reference & Instruction Office
701-252-3467 ext. 5441

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In This Guide

In this Guide, you'll find:


Nursing Foundations Research TipsMicromedex Apps InfoEvidence-Based Practice Resources

Key Resources

Quick links to best bets

magnifying class iconSearch Tips: Nursing Journals@Ovid

Nursing Journals@Ovid provides access to our subscription of the latest 5 years of a few key nursing journals and evidence-based practice resources. However, you can search more broadly within Ovid if you click on the link above the search bar to Change resources and add or switch to Journals@Ovid Full Text. You will then have articles in your search results that we don't have full-text access to. Don't ever pay for an article, and don't be discouraged if you see "Pay per view" articles. You can:

  • Request articles through ILL by clicking on the orange and white "Get it @ UJ" buttons you see in each search result.
  • Search the titles of articles without full text in the Library Catalog to see if we have access to them in other databases..

Questions along the way? Email your Reference & Instruction Librarian, Amanda, at

Finding Background Information

Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources are a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

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Key Concepts in Nursing

Provides a much needed guide to the central topics and debates which shape nursing theory, policy and contemporary practice.

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Encyclopedia of Nursing Research

This one-stop reference presents key terms and concepts and clarifies their application to practice.

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Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research

This book remains an invaluable reference for nursing students, researchers, theoreticians, and scholars.

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Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia

A single comprehensive reference for nursing leaders, leadership organizations, nursing clinicians, and educators.

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Black's Medical Dictionary

Black's Medical Dictionary is invaluable as a home reference and for all who need clear explanation of medical terms: nurses, health care professionals and students, health service management, actuaries, lawyers and journalists.

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Lippincott's Visual Encyclopedia of Clinical Skills

Lippincott's Visual Encyclopedia of Clinical Skills is an innovative book that improves nursing skills through the use of more than 700 detailed, full-color photographs, diagrams, step-by-step illustrations, and other graphics.

Other Reference Sources