Guide to Nursing Literature: Selected Resources

Databases | Full-text Journals | Print and Online Books | Writing and Citing | Course Quick Links

This guide will help you get started with your research. Need additional help? Contact the Reference Services Department in person between the hours of 7:00am-6:00pm M-F on the first floor (ED II) or by email at or by phone at (501) 686-6734.

Video Tutorials

The following tutorials have been developed by UAMS Librarians in collaboration with College of Nursing Faculty in order to help our students search the healthcare literature for course assignments.

Welcome – Nursing databases (visual only, no earphones/speakers needed)
CINAHL – Getting started (visual only, no earphones/speakers needed)
CINAHL – Sample search (visual only, no earphones/speakers needed)
PubMed – Getting started (visual only, no earphones/speakers needed)
PubMed – Filtering and saving your results (visual only, no earphones/speakers needed)
PubMed – Finding the full-text of articles
TRIP Database – Clinical search engine


CINAHL Complete – Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature is the premiere research database for nursing literature.  It provides indexing for more than 4,500 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.7 million records dating back to 1981.
Quick Search Tips (from UAMS Library)
Help Sheets & User Guides
Online Tutorials for Searching

Cochrane Via Ovid – Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Cochrane Methodology Register.

PubMed – Comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Journal citations date back to 1946.
Understanding the Vocabulary (MESH Headings) 

Building the Search
Managing the Results

Web of Science (Science and Social Science Citation Index) – Includes literature in public health, political science, anthropology, urban studies and more.

PsycInfo – Journal literature related to psychosocial aspects of health, nursing care, mental illness.

SocIndex with Full-Text – Literature related to society and health.

Mental Measurements Yearbook – Critical reviews and descriptive information of published, standardized tests covering education, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas.
Guide to Locating Test & Instruments (from UAMS Library)

National Guidelines Clearinghouse – Comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.

ERIC– Includes some nursing education literature.

Trip Database – Clinical search engine

Full-text Journals

eJournals – Search and browse eJournals by title. If there is not a match, search our print journal collection.

Print Journals – All print journals are listed in the UAMS Library online catalog and are located alphabetically by journal title on the 3rd floor. Journals older than 1966 are stored outside the library and can be requested: Storage Item Request Form.

Print and Online Books

Print Books
Search the UAMS Library online catalog by book title or broad topic such as:

Nursing Theory
Palliative care
Geriatric Nurs* (truncation symbol *, looks for nurse, nursing)

Fines for overdue books are $1.00 per day per book with a maximum fine of $30.00 per item.

UAMS nursing theses and dissertations are arranged by year then author’s last name on Second Floor East.

See sections for nursing, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, etc. Some examples are:

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
Foundations of Nursing Research
Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
Nursing Care Plans & Documentation
5-Minute Pediatric Consult

Writing and Citing

Course Quick Links