- Indexes & Databases
- Nursing Theory
- Nursing Research Organizations
- Special Topics in Nursing
- USU GSN Nursing Dissertations & Theses
CINAHL RCS Login Required is a database of bibliographic citations indexing professional literature in nursing and allied health sciences. It includes nearly all English-language nursing journals, fourteen journals covering allied health, selected journals in biomedicine and consumer health, healthcare books, nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, standards of practice and education software. CINAHL citations span from 1982 to the present. CINAHL uses over 11,000 subject headings to index the citations. Many CINAHL headings are adopted from the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings, which are then supplemented with terms designed specifically for nursing and allied health.
MEDLINE is the world's largest database of bibliographic citations produced by the National Library of Medicine. It contains over 15,000,000 biomedical journal citations. MEDLINE holdings span 1950 to the present. The database is constantly updated. It can be searched through PubMed (with links to full-text holdings) RCS login required or OVID MEDLINE RCS login required. MEDLINE employs the MeSH thesaurus which is a controlled vocabulary.
PubMed also allows you to Limit your search results to a specific subset of Nursing Journals. Use caution when limiting to this subset only.
PsycINFO RCS Login Required is a database of bibliographic citations that indexes journals and books in the fields of psychology, behavior (including social), clinical and cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. It is compiled by the American Psychological Association. The LRC's PsycINFO journal index spans 1887 to the present. It is searchable by the using the PsychInfo thesaurus, keywords, author or title.
Current Contents Connect RCS Login Required (Use the drop down box at the top of the screen to choose Current Contents Connect.) is a database that indexes journals in several disciplines, including separate sections for Clinical Medicine and Life Sciences. This database does not use a controlled vocabulary, so remember to use truncation and alternate terms when searching in this database.
When searching any database, it is always good practice to determine whether to use a controlled vocabulary (MeSH, or a thesaurus as in PsychInfo) or if the database relies only on textword or keyword indexing (Current Contents Connect). See the LRC guide Textword Searching vs. Controlled Vocabulary for more on this topic.
Finding information about specific nursing theories or models can be as straightforward as searching the USU catalog or as in-depth as searching for published journal literature. Listed below are 2 basic approaches for finding broad information about nursing theories, and also how to locate published articles
- Finding Books on Nursing Theory
To find broad coverage on Nursing Theories or Models, begin your search in the LRC Online Catalog. Search on the Subject Heading Nursing Theory.
- Searching the Journal Literature for Nursing Models or Theories
CINAHL (the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the main database for indexed literature on or using nursing theories. Begin your general search by using the subject heading "Nursing Theory".
You can choose to Explode the term "Nursing Theory" to allow for all components under this heading or Focus on this main heading alone.
CINAHL indexes individual Nursing Theory Models:
For information on how to use this resource, follow the Tutorial: Searching Nursing Theory Models in CINAHL (Requires Macromedia Flash)
- American Acdemy of Nursing
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Nurses Association
- The International Council of Nurses: Research Network
- National League for Nursing
- Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society for Nursing)
Research Funding Resources
- AHRQ: Nursing Resources & Research Findings
- Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
- National Institute of Nursing Research(NINR) - Est. 1986
NINR supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span--from the management of patients during illness and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability; the promotion of healthy lifestyles; the promotion of quality of life in those with chronic illness; and the care for individuals at the end of life. This research may also include families within a community context, and it also focuses on the special needs of at-risk and under-served populations, with an emphasis on health disparities.
- Sigma Theta Tau: Nursing Research Grants
- TriService Nursing Research Program
Topic-specific web research guides that provide links to websites and additional resources and databases.
The culmination of the USU GSN program is publication of your research. You can access a complete list of published theses & dissertations from the LRC homepage.
Choose the "Graduate School of Nursing" link and display the results. All publications are available in full text (PDF format).
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