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Before you Begin Your Research

  • Create a  account to manage your citations.

  • Create an  account for ordering articles not available in UVA collections. 


Use CINAHL and OVID Medline to determine subject headings and keywords.  Once you build your search terms, then search Web of Science and PsycINFO.

 biomedical literature from around the world (Coverage: 5,600 journal titles back to 1946)  structured search interface for MEDLINE
Exporting OVID Citations to RefWorks

        articles in nursing and allied health

Exporting CINAHL Citations to RefWorks.pdf

       articles related to the psychological aspects of nursing

Exporting PyscINFO Citations to RefWorks.pdf

   interdisciplinary database with over 12,000 journal titles

Exporting Web of Science Citations to RefWorks.pdf

  Google-like search interface for MEDLINE
Exporting PubMed Citations to RefWorks

Supplemental Databases

Online Textbooks and ebooks

  •    e-book collection of nursing and medical textbooks
  •     includes over 100 medical and nursing e-books

  •   over 80 medical and nursing e-books

  •  over 300 nursing e-books

  •  clinical reference to synthesized medical information

Images for Presentations

  • AccessMedicine note that you can send the image directly to a PowerPoint slide

  • BioImage Search biomedical images you can use i.e., images with Public Domain & Creative Commons licenses

  • ClinicalKey search your term using the Multimedia limit under the All tab.

Tests, Surveys, and Measurements 

  • PsycTESTS provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Resources 

The databases below provide access to high-level (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) filtered studies showing the best evidence for EBP decision making. 

  • database of systematic reviews

  •  systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research

  • DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects) use this in addition to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to find systematic reviews done outside of the Cochrane Collaboration

  •   evidence-based, point-of-care clinical decision support system that provides access to over 13,000 topics, guidelines, abstracts, and summaries

  •  systematic reviews and other types of EBP information for nursing

  • National Guideline Clearinghouse public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

  • Lippincott's Nursing Procedures & Skills evidence-based procedures in all major clinical categories

Is it Peer Reviewed?

Where to Publish

  • Directory of Nursing Journals a collective of nursing editors and publishers focused on meeting the research needs of the nursing profession

  • JANE (Journal/Author/Name Estimator) enter keywords and JANE will find best matching journals

  • JournalGuide in addition to searching by journal name, category or publisher, authors can use the title and abstract of a paper to discover journals that have already published articles on similar topics

Global health

  • NationMaster extensive compilation of political, social, economic, environmental, etc. data on nations
  • CDC Global Health global health information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Historical Literature

Searching for historical nursing literature can be challenging.  CINAHL can yield results, however, keep in mind that the online CINAHL databases goes back only until 1981.  Therefore, to find earlier articles, search the library's CINAHL print indexes, which are located in the lobby and go back to 1956. Searching VIRGO can also yield results, as will a MEDLINE search, which goes back to 1879 in print (Index Medicus) and online (PubMed or OVID MEDLINE) the late1940s. Historical literature can also be found in the following indexes:


  • VIRGO search UVA's collection of books and ebooks combining your topic with History in the Subject field (e.g. polio AND history)

  • Hathi Trust Digital Library public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, totaling nearly 11 million titles

  • Google Books enter topic in search box and then limit by century or date range using Search Tools-->Any time


  • JSTOR older issues of scholarly journals
  • American Periodicals periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals 


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