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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.



MeSH Subject Headings

MeSH is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed. It provides a consistent way to retrieve information that may use different terminology for the same concepts.

♦  Find Medical Subject Heading Terms and build a search strategy.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    With full-text for the top nursing and allied health literature and indexing for thousands of additional journals and documents, this database covers a wide range of topics including biomedicine, alternative and complementary medicine, and consumer health. Contains evidence-based care sheets and research reports.
  • Cochrane Library
    A collection of several medical databases that provide information on evidence-based health care decision making. Includes the Cochrane Reviews, which summarize and interpret the results of medical research. With protocols, technology assessments, and economic evaluations.
  • Nursing and Allied Health Source
    Provides indexing and abstracting for leading nursing and healthcare journals, with many articles in full-text. Topics include alternative and complimentary medicine, cytology, nutrition, oncology, pediatric care, pharmacology, public health, and radiology. Also includes full-text dissertations representing scholarship in nursing and related fields.
  • MEDLINE (via PubMed)
    Provides citations and abstracts to life sciences journals and online books, with links to additional relevant websites. Coverage includes the fields of biomedicine and health, the behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.
  • Ovid Nursing
    Database of journal articles and books, many of which are in full-text, as well as multimedia presentations. Includes Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR), care plans, diagnosis tools and tests, and Cochrane topic reviews. Simultaneous user limit: 3.
  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Integrates articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, magazines,
    newsletters, reference works, and multimedia. With international news coverage and concise topical overviews.
  • Health Management
    Designed to meet the needs of researchers studying the field of health administration. Coverage includes key journals and dissertations, mainly in full text, with such topics as health professions, hospitals, insurance, law, statistics, business, management, personnel, and ethics.
  • All Databases for Nursing . . .

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
"human growth hormone" AND (doctor* or nurs*)
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Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.


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