Nursing Information and Nursing Research - Essential Sources

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Literature Search Databases

. CINAHL Information Systems

. Cochrane Collaboration (Systematic Reviews, International)

. MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine, USA)

Clinical Practice Guidelines

. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (USA)

. Canadian Medical Association Infobase

. Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care

. Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery (Australia)

. National Guideline Clearinghouse (USA)

. NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK)

http://www.yorkac. uk/inst/crd/

. Nursing Best Practice Guidelines, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

. Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Health Care

. Canadian Health Network

. Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

. Canadian Nurses Association

. Cancer Care Ontario's Program in Evidence-Based Care

. Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa!med/epid/chru.html

. Effective Public Health Practice Project, City of Hamilton, Ontario

. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

. Mayo Clinic

. Yahoo! Nursing Directory


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Another site with LOTS of links for Nursing Research:

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Online "worksheet" for analyzing quantitative research:

Online "worksheet" for analyzing qualitative research:


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Another good resource:

Free Medical Journals - Over the next few years, many important medical journals will be available online, free and in full-text. The access to free scientific knowledge will have a major impact on medical practice and attract Internet visitors to these journals. Journals that restrict access to their Web sites will lose popularity.

If you wish to be informed about new free journals, you may subscribe to our Journal Alert. The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.


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The "visible web" is what you see in the results pages from general web search engines. It's also what you see in almost all subject directories. The "invisible web" is what you cannot retrieve ("see") in the search results and other links contained in these types of tools. This "invisible web" can't be indexed or queried by traditional search engines.

A number of resources exist to help you locate content in "the invisible Web:"

  • ADAM (Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway) offers over 2500 searchable Internet resources.

  • Beaucoup offers an annotated listing of over 2,500 sites (primarily search sites): directories, indices and search engines, each of which contains free information. Beaucoup Super Search is a meta-search tool powered by

  • The International Database (IDB) offers statistical demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.

  • ComputerSelect Web offers IT information from: trade and business journals, newsletters, newspapers, manufacturer's specification sheets and book publishers, product comparisons, company profiles, expert market research analysis, and pre-selected high-tech web sites.

  • On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences ( - "Type in a series of numbers and this database will complete the sequence and provide the sequence name, along with its mathematical formula, structure, references, and links."

  • PubMed ( - Provides access to 15 million+ MEDLINE citations, including links to full text articles & related resources. You will also want to explore PubMed Central (PMC), an e-archive of free, full text articles from 190+ life sciences journals, as well as Bookshelf, "a growing collection of [full text] biomedical books (40+) that can be searched directly." They now offer a "new global NCBI 'Entrez' search engine" where you can search across their many life sciences databases, too.

  • FindArticles ( - The FindArticles database is an updated replacement of their original free, searchable article Web archive, with the current service now searching 10 million+ articles from "leading academic, industry and general interest publications.... free access to information you can trust, from a collection you'll only find here." You can also find magazines by topic, search for "Hot New Articles by Topic" and "Top Articles Ever by Topic," and your can explore all publications by title or limit your search to "free articles only."

  • ( - is another site for finding freely available magazine articles on the Web, using keyword searching or category browsing methods. Indexing a little over 200 magazines, their focused content allows them to update with new articles within days of them becoming available. The material is of good quality, and their Hot Neuron Similarity software package allows them to measure the similarity between articles, linking similar articles to each other.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals ( - Launched in May 2003, Sweden's Lund University Libraries Head Office hosts this "one-stop shopping" open access directory, providing no-cost access to the full text of just under 1,800 journals, with almost 450 journals searchable on the article level (over 78,000 articles available)--in the science and humanities/social sciences--and its directory is continually growing in size.

  • HighWire Press: Free Online Full-text Articles ( - Launched in early 1995, Stanford University Libraries' HighWire Press hosts what it claims to be the "world's largest and fastest growing archive of free full-text life science articles in the world, with 947,000 free, full-text articles [over 800 journals are free in some way] online." It also provides very quick full-text access to your institution's journal subscriptions to HighWire-affiliated journals via IP address recognition when using a computer workstation within your library/institution--journals to which you probably did not even know that you had access! (click on "For Institutions" tab on the top and follow the directions). You can also browse by topic or alphabetically on this page.

For more information, please refer to:


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104 Articles; 5,349 Posts

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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.


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this is the site for the consort statement that provides a checklist and graphics for researchers who wish to publish randomized clinical trials. these have been endorsed and are increasingly required by major research journals.

this site, which is part of the overall consort statement site, contains the stard recommendations that are increasingly being used to define the requirements for publishing testing and screening articles.

the cochrane library has become a key source of data on evidence-based medicine in general and especially on randomized clinical trials. the web site indicates that the "cochrane library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including the cochrane database of systematic reviews, which provide high quality information to people providing and receiving care and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels."

the supercourse site provides over 1400 epidemiology lectures online, including lectures that cover study designs. study-design topics include meta-analysis, testing and screening, rates, cost-effectiveness etc.

the united states preventive services task force site includes the full collection of evidence-based recommendations and guidelines made by the task force. papers on the methods used by the task force are also included.

multipurpose web sites

the centers for disease control and prevention web site includes a wide array of materials on prevention and control of disease. it also includes the national center for health statistics' web site at this site includes data on life expectancy, causes of death etc.

the national institutes of health web site includes access to the national library of medicine as well as publications and information on a wide variety of research issues.

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And something to download all this great research into so you can catalog it, database it, keyword search it and make *IT* do your bibliography FOR you...perfectly APA formatted - you just point and click...

You have to hunt a bit to find the student discount version - its about 100.00. You can also buy version 8 on ebay or half or one of those places.

That program saved me over HALF the time it would have taken me otherwise to write a paper and the APA was perfect everytime.


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