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Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

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Nursing Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.



Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: nursing, nursing assessment, cancer nursing, community health nursing, pediatric nursing, psychiatric nursing


Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select either Reserves by Course or Reserves by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.

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Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on Nursing include:

SUBJECT HEADING
CALL NUMBER RANGE
Nursing RT 1-120
Nursing assessment RT 48-48.6
Cancer nursing RC 266
Community health nursing RT 98
Pediatric Nursing RJ 245-247
Psychiatric nursing RC 440

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Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in Nursing include:

Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference .
St. Louis : Mosby, 2008.
RM 301.12 .M67 Rosenberg Reference; John Adams DeAvila Reference

Drug facts and comparisons . (Updated Monthly)
St. Louis, MO : Facts and Comparisons.
RM 300 .F33 John Adams DeAvila Reference

Portable RN: The All-in-One Nursing Reference .
Springhouse, Pa. : Springhouse, 2002.
RT 51 .P676 2002 Rosenberg Reference .

The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice. 8th ed.
Editor: Sandra M. Nettina. Philadelphia : Lippincott, 2006.
RT 51 .B78 2006 John Adams DeAvila Reference.

ChartSmart : the A-to-Z guide to better nursing documentation. 2nd ed.
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2007.
RT 50 .C487 2007 John Adams DeAvila Reference.

Churchill Livingstone’s Dictionary of Nursing. 18th ed.
Editor: Chris Brooker. Edinburgh ; New York : Churchill Livingstone, 2002.
RT 21 .C487 2002 Rosenberg Reference

Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions. 7th ed.
St. Louis : Mosb Elseviery, 2006.
R 121 .M67 2006 John Adams DeAvila Reference; Downtown Reference

Nursing Diagnosis Handbook : A Guide to Planning Care. 7th ed.
Editors: Betty J. Ackley and Gail B. Ladwig. St. Louis : Mosby Elsevier, 2006.
RT 48.6 .A35 2006 John Adams DeAvila Reference

All-in-one care planning resource : medical-surgical, pediatric, maternity, & psychiatric nursing care plans.
St. Louis, Mo. : Mosby/Elsevier, c2008.
RT 49 .A45 2008 John Adams DeAvila Reference

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Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online.

Health Reference Center Academic
Health & Wellness Resource Center

Databases with citations and full-text of articles from Gale Cengage that focus on health and medicine, with coverage from 1980 to the present. You can find reference information and periodical articles from these databases.

CQ Researcher
CQ provides lengthy research reports written by the editorial staff of the Congressional Quarterly Co. Reports related to nursing or nurses include nursing shortage and medical mistakes.

PubMed
A service from the U. S. National Library of Medicine that "includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources."

Ethnic Newswatch
Useful for community health topics related to specific groups of people. Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995 to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and Spanish.

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Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for Nursing. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

allnurses.com
This site provides many links to extensive nursing resources. It has a subject directory that organizes web resources by categories which include nursing literature, medical journals with full text articles, nursing employment, and nursing associations. It also offers free electronic newsletter, Nurse-zine, through email or on the Web.

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychatric Technicians (BVNPT)
Site of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychatric Technicians. Provides information on licensure, law and legislation, continuining education, consumer complaints and links to professional association web sites.

Nursing Center
Owned by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the site provides many full text articles in its Continuing Education section. Journals include AJN American Journal in Nursing, Nursing Management, and The Nurse Practitioner.

American Nurses Association | Nursing World
This is the site of the American Nurses Association. It provides links to the free Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, state nursing associations, and American Nurses Foundation.

Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
It is the site of the California Board of Registered Nursing, which provides various resources including licensure information, legislative updates, Board activities, continuing education, and consumer complaints

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Other Health Care Web Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Extensive information about health and disease from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

MedlinePlus
From the National Libraries of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, this provides a searchable medical dictionary, encyclopedia, drug and supplements database, and health topics.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
The provides information about human drugs such as label information and FDA approval history. Look for the Drugs@FDA search link, and links for healthcare professionals, consumers, the Drug Information Pathfinder, and more.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Searchable, online version, last updated November 2005, of the 18th (2006) edition of this general medical text.

National Institutes of Health
General health information about health, and news about current developments in medicine.


Professional Organizations

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychatric Technicians (BVNPT)
Site of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychatric Technicians. Provides information on licensure, law and legislation, continuining education, consumer complaints and links to professional association web sites.

American Nurses Association | Nursing World
This is the site of the American Nurses Association. It provides links to the free Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, state nursing associations, and American Nurses Foundation.

Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
It is the site of the California Board of Registered Nursing, which provides various resources including licensure information, legislative updates, Board activities, continuing education, and consumer complaints

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Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

eRef
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."


Send comments or suggestions to:

Karen Chan
Subject Selector for Registered Nursing
(415) 452-5438
ychan@ccsf.edu


Kim Ginther-Webster
Subject Selector for Vocational Nursing
(415) 561-1946
kginther@ccsf.edu




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