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NURS 1110: Introduction to Professional Nursing - O'Shea: Finding Primary Sources

A Selection of Primary Source Books

Below is a selection of primary source books that will be useful depending on the nurse leader you're researching. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list. You should search for your leader using the Books tab on the homepage. Primary sources come in many forms, such as: correspondence, documents, manuscripts, personal narratives, quotations, reports, speeches, or law.

Primary Sources - Databases

Databases for Historical Leaders

Databases for Contemporary Leaders / Theorists

Online Sources - Websites

Tips: Any website can be changed without notice, so be sure to evaluate every site you use.  For help evaluating websites, see our evaluating websites page or read Berkeley's very thorough Evaluating Websites: Techniques to Apply.

American Factfinder -
Access historical census data.

American Memory
A growing collection of primary resources collected by the Library of Congress.

 Google Book Search -
Use the advanced search and limit your search to the years that you are researching.

Google News Archive -
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.

New York Public Library - Digital Gallery-
rovides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Primary Sources on Contemporary Nursing Leaders

For information on contemporary nursing leaders you will have to be more flexible in the sources you use since some of the nursing leaders you will be assigned might still be active in the field. Below are some tips for finding general information as well as primary sources for contemporary nursing leaders.

Author Search on Library Website  - Search the library website to see if the library has access to any publications written by your nursing leader. Click the "advanced search" link for the author search option.

Wikipedia - Search Wikipedia for quick background information, scroll all the way to the bottom for more resources.

YouTube - Search YouTube for interviews and videos of your nursing leaders. YouTube might also contain news videos where your leader is mentioned.

Google - Search Google and include the terms speeches or interviews if you are looking for primary sources. Also a quick google search will most likely tell you about particular affiliations/organizations your nurisng leader might be a part of. Once you get this information look up the affiliations/organizations directly.

LinkedIn - Searching linkedin is great for gaining background information and it will also display any publications of your nursing leader.

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