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Research Guides - Nursing

Online Catalog

Use the online catalog to find any reference, reserve, or circulating books, or videotapes in the NMC collections. Catalog entries may be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword.

Unless you are looking a specific author or title, the keyword search is the best way to find books. Examples of keywords are:

  • diabetes
  • diagnosis
  • care plans
  • nursing and assessment

"nursing" and "health" are too broad! Don't forget to think of synonyms and narrower terms

Browse the shelves

Take a look in an appropriate area to find a useful book. The "call number" is a book's address, and it depends on the subject of the books. For example, the R's are where the medical books are shelved. RT is specifically for nursing.

Reference Books

Seek reference books, as detailed contents will not be in the catalog. Reference items may not be checked out, but should always available when you need them. Here are some helpful reference books for general information:

  • World Book Encyclopedia REF AE5 .W55 2000 v.1-22
  • Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary 5th ed. REF R121 .M89 1998
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine REF RC41 .G35 1999 v.1-5
  • Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 41st ed. REF RC69 .C977 2002
  • Atlas of Common Diseases REF RC71.3 .S25 1993
  • Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice 7th ed. REF RT51 .B78 2001
If a book has an index in the back, use it! Please don’t entirely disregard older information. Use your own judgment or ask a librarian.

Databases, Magazines, and Journals

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition is a database that provides access to more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. Access this database from anywhere in the CNMI. Please see a library staff member for patron id.

Medline provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals. Access this database from anywhere in the CNMI. Please see a library staff member for

The Internet

Don’t trust everything you read on the Internet. Consider the source! How old is the information? Does some qualified person or institution take responsibility for the information? An .edu or .gov domain name should be more reliable, but here are a few specific sites that have been recently reviewed:

Use Search Engines to look for a particular topic on the World Wide Web. Try:

Citing Your Sources

A Style Manual will show you the proper format when preparing a bibliography for citing the sources of the information that you use in your research paper. As you proceed with your research, keep track of where you’re getting your information, including details such as title, author, date, publisher, and page numbers. There are several different styles, but your class will probably be using either

APA Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
REF BF76.7 .P83


MLA Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
REF LB2369.G53 2003

If at any time you would like help or further assistance with research, please ask a librarian. We are here to help you!