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The databases below are great places to obtain background information on a topic, as the information comes from sources such a dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books. Keep in mind that, depending on the nurse leader you're looking for, you may not find information on them in every database. If you search for them in one and get zero results, move on the the next database and try again.
A comprehensive collection of subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are short reference videos and high-resolution images. Useful background information source.
A comprehensive collection of scholarly encyclopedias and dictionaries published by Oxford University Press. A useful background information source for starting your research. Simultaneous user limit: 5.
Sometimes nurse leaders wrote articles of their own that appeared in newspapers or magazines. However, it's more likely that there were articles written about your nurse leader during the time that they were alive and practicing. These are considered primary sources. When looking for articles, narrow the search results to the time when your leader was alive to see what's available.
Contains local, regional, national, and international news with deep archives. Provides extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes as well as law reviews. Also includes business information on U.S. and international companies.
• Print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires, blogs, local-regional-national-international newspapers with deep archives
• Extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790
• Business information on U.S. and international companies and executives
A collection of journals, magazines, newspapers, background sources, and primary documents that covers the most-studied events and issues in U.S. history. Contains images, video, and audio files, as well as primary source material.
Scholarly Journal Databases
Some nurse leaders contributed professional literature to the field which can be found in many of our health science databases. This is particularly the case for contemporary leaders.
There are many ways to access their research, but a good strategy is to search a database like the ones below specifically by author name. By default, the database will search for their name within titles, abstracts, or even within the references of an article. This generates a lot of 'false positives', or results that aren't actually what you want to find. Limiting your search only to the author field will reduce the number of false positives.
Comprehensive coverage of the top nursing and allied health journals. Includes publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. Contains evidence-based care sheets.
American Factfinder- http://factfinder.census.gov/ Access historical census data. American Memory http://memory.loc.gov/ammem A growing collection of primary resources collected by the Library of Congress.
Google Book Search - http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Use the advanced search and limit your search to the years that you are researching. Google News Archive- http://news.google.com/archivesearch Contains some digitized historical newspapers. Important note: Do not pay for any articles! If you need an article that is unavailable and you cannot find it through the library's databases, please contact a librarian.