The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of nursing.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 

DICTIONARIES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND HANDBOOKS SPECIFIC TO NURSING

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. Call Number: REF 610.321 Dorlands

Encyclopedia of Complementary Health Practices. REF 615.503 Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies. REF 615.503 Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Obesity.  R 616.398

Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research. REF 616.0277

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine.  R 615.503 Gale

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets:  A Guide to Health and Nutrition.  R 613.203 Gale

Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders.  R 616.042 Gale

Handbook of Current Medical Abbreviations
. REF 610.148 Cha

Handbook of Diseases. REF 616 Handbook

Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. REF 610.3 Mellonis

Mosby's Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary 6th Edition. REF610.3 Mosbys

Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine. REF 610.3 Oxford

Physician's Desk Reference. REF 616 Physicians 2009

PDR: Guide to Safe Drug Interactions, Side Effects, and Indications. REF 615.1 2009


LIBRARY CALL NUMBERS TO BROWSE: 610- 616.6

BOOKS        
The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on nursing. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books.When searching by subject, use one or more of the subject headings below:

EMERGENCY NURSING
GERIATRIC NURSING
HOME NURSING
INTENSIVE CARE NURSING
MATERNITY NURSING
NURSE PRACTITIONERS

NURSES' AIDES
NURSING
NURSING DIAGNOSIS
PEDIATRIC NURSING
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
SURGICAL NURSING
Other Examples of Medical and Related headings:
AIDS (DISEASE)
EPIDEMIOLOGY
DEATH - PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
HEART - DISEASES
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
OBSTETRICS

Connect to SNAP catalog


MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES IN PRINT
  
Napa Valley College subscribes to several magazines and scholarly journals relating to nursing. To locate specific medical subject headings, use the National Library of Medicine's MeSH thesaurus for indexing articles for PubMed.  Napa Valley College has the following periodicals:

Alcohol Research and Health
American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (MCN)
American Journal of Nursing
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
Bioscience
Chest
Geriatric Nursing
Health
Home Healthcare Nurse
Journal of the American Medical Association

 

Journal of Respiratory Diseases (suspended as of Jan. 2009)
NIH Medline Plus
Nursing
Nursing Clinics of North America
Pediatric Nursing
RN
Women's Health Activist

 

MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ONLINE          
Napa Valley College subscribes to a variety of electronic databases to help you locate articles in popular magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers. The following databases should contain information pertaining to nursing:

Academic Search Complete
Academic OneFile (Gale)  
Infotrak Newsstand (Gale) 
Lexis-Nexis Academic on campus use only


General OneFile (Gale) 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context 
Student Resources In Context  

To locate other periodicals subscribed to the Napa Valley College Library, go to the Library Periodicals List.

WEB RESOURCES 
The following selected websites should be helpful in finding information:

BUBL Internet Resources for Medical Sciences: http://bubl.ac.uk/link/linkbrowse.cfm?menuid=8180
This service provides links to websites devoted to numerous aspects of health including medicine, nursing, nutrition and pharmacy.

Center for Disease Controlhttp://www.cdc.gov
This government site features health and safety tips, data and statistics, news and events related to public health as well as numerous publications.

DrugWatch.comhttp://www.drugwatch.com/ 
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug.  DrugWatch.com, aims to provide nurses and other health professions with information about thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recall updates, recent FDA approvals, drug interactions, side effects, and current developments in the medical field.  This site is reviewed and certified by the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation, a non-for-profit foundation that works to preserve the accuracy and trustworthiness of Web-based medical information."

Hardin Medical Dictionary: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/index.html
Designed to provide simple access to comprehensive resource lists on health-related topics. Directory of lists is arranged in broad topical areas covering body systems, disease types or medical specialization. A great place to start your search!

Health Economics.com: http://healtheconomics.com/
Contains resources related to Health Economics, Quality of Life, Pharmacoeconomics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Measurement Instruments for assessing health outcomes.

Health Finder: http://www.healthfinder.gov/
A gateway to consumer health and human services information web site from the United States government, which can lead you to selected online publications, clearing houses, databases, web sites and support and self-help groups, as well as the US government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

High Wire Press: http://highwire.stanford.edu/
HighWire Press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, hosts the largest repository of free full-text life science articles in the world with nearly 2 million articles available without subscription. HighWire partners with influential scholarly societies, university presses and publishers to create a collection of the finest, fully searchable research and clinical literature online. Together, these partners produce 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals publishing in science.

Inner Body:  Your Guide to Human Anatomy Onlinehttp://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
Click on each human figure to see anatomical systems.  Pick points and zoom for location and explanation of body organ/system.

Internet Public Library
: http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/hea42.00.00/
Sites of interest to nurses or those interested in nursing as a career.

Medline-Plus: http://medlineplus.gov/
A service which guides you to information to help answer health questions. It brings together authoritative information on health topics from the US National Library of Medicine, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other US government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/visible_human.html
From the National Institute of Health a complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representation of the normal male and female bodies.

RN to MSN Online:   http://rntomsnonline.com/
Two nurses, Ronald Nathan and Maryanne Osberg, created this unbiased and updated list of every school that offers an RN to MSN degree in the U.S.  The schools are sorted alphabetically by state.

Transcultural and Multicultural Health Links:  http://web.nmsu.edu/~ebosman/trannurs/index.shtml
From Ellen Bosman of New Mexico State University, helpful links for working with patients from various ethnic and cultural groups.  Also, check out NMSU's general nursing guide at http://nmsu.libguides.com/nursing and their health sciences/community health guide located at http://nmsu.libguides.com/healthscience.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Guide Clearinghouse
http://www.guideline.gov/index.aspx
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Virtual Hospital: http://www.vh.org
The Virtual Hospital (VH) is a project of the Electric Differential Multimedia Laboratory, Department of Radiology, University of Iowa College of Medicine. It features medical information of interest to both health care professionals and consumers. Links are arranged by major body systems and hospital departments. Emphasis is on radiology. Ability to search in patient or health care provider mode.

NURSING ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS  

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses:
http://amsn.inurse.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/AMSNMain.woa

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses:
http://www.aacn.org/WD/MainPages/Content/AboutUs.pcms?menu=AboutUs

American Nurses Association: http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/CertificationandAccreditation/AboutNursing.aspx

Society of Pediatric Nurses:
https://www.pedsnurses.org/

 

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Last updated:  Nov 17, 2011                                                       Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery