Library Tips for Nursing Students

Trocaire College Libraries

Know how to contact the library- we're here to help!

There are many ways to contact the Library for help:

Work with a Trocaire Librarian

Did you know one of the librarians can help you with your nursing research? A librarian is available for individual or small -group appointments and research help. Database searching skills, APA citation information, finding relevant books, articles and web sites are just a few examples of what we can do to help you with your assignments. So feel free to make an appointment today! Or stop by the Reference Desk.

Start your Project early!

Give yourself the best chance to succeed by starting your assignments early. The librarians will help you no matter your deadline, but starting early allows you enough time to select just the right materials, use ILL, check your APA style, etc. Don't wait until the last minute.

Nursing Page

Getting to where you want to be

The Nursing page lists all the nursing and nursing related databases. Also, listed are links to helpful research tools for your research assignments and research papers.

Click here to access the Nursing page.

Use the Databases: Journal Articles

Our journal databases are numerous with thousands of full-text articles, Evidence-Based Practice care sheets, lessons, images and more. Listed below are some of the journal databases the Library subscribes.

In these databases, you can search your topic and get a result list that displays all the items in the database. Select articles (or other document types) and you can send them to yourself in an e-mail, print or save them to a folder. Also, many databases have a citation feature to help you format a reference for the item.

Please be aware that the citation may be correct but the format of the citation may be incorrect. If you need help setting up a citation or reference page, check out our Citation Help page or contact a librarian.

Use the Databases: eBooks

eBook databases provide the student with full-text titles in the field of nursing and nursing-related subjects. You can read or download the book. You may also have the ability to print a limited number of pages for your reference. There are thousands of titles that are available through the following databases:

*eBooks titles owned by the library have a direct link in the library catalog.

Use the Databases: Reference

Reference materials generally help you understand a topic by providing short and

succinct essays.

The library also has links to:
  • DailyMed A collection of drug listings as submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Merck Manuals (for consumer and professionals) Two great sources on medical topics, drugs, procedures and more
  • ImageQuest A great place to find images for class projects

Use the Databases: Video

Streaming videos are also available. The Library subscribes:

Video subjects range from HIPAA to infection control, to preventing medical errors and much more.

Use the Subject Guides

These guides, brochures and booklets list a variety of resources covering article and research databases, books, ebooks, writing, etc. for each Nursing program. All are available from the Nursing page, many of them are available in print in the library.

BSN Guide

Career Success Guide for Nursing Students

Health Disparities Guide

Inspiring Nursing Videos

LPN Guide

NCLEX Advice Guide

Nursing Websites Guide

RN Guide

Test Taking Tips: Nursing Students


APA Formatting & Style Guide

CINAHL Database Guide

Databases: Step-by-Step Guide

ProQuest Database Guide

Research & Writing a Paper

(For more in-depth information on writing a research paper, pick up a copy of "How to Write a Research Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide" in the library)

Use Research Assistance and Database Guides

Our Research Guide page offers guides on topics such as: the research & writing process, evaluating information, plagiarism and others.

Our Database Guide pages offers help for some of our most popular databases.

Citation Help

The Library's Citation Help page will guide you through the process of formatting a paper for either APA or MLA. Here you will be able to get a formatting template that you may download onto a flash drive or onto your H drive or your home computer. You may also send it as an attachment in an e-mail to an e-mail to open later and download to any device. Also, there are guides on how to perfect in-text citations and references.

The Library also have links to Citation Fox and Purdue Owl to help with your citation needs.

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for items the library does not own

If the Library does not own a book, journal article or other materials that you need for your research, the library can usually borrow it from another library for your use through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If an article is not available full-text in one of our databases and if the University at Buffalo owns it, you can request an ILL. Within 2-72 hours you will have access to a digital copy of the article.

Use the "check 360 link" to order an ILL through one of the databases.

If you need a book and can wait for up to 10 days, you can put in an ILL request for that too! If you can't wait, then use the AcademicSHARE program.


The Library participates in the AcademicSHARE program. This program enables Trocaire students to use their Trocaire ID card to charge out library materials from other participating local college and university libraries.

If you do take advantage of this program, please follow the instructions from the lending library regarding due dates and renewal policies. Remember that the student MUST return the item to the lending library and not to the Trocaire Library.

Also, don’t forget your local public library. If you want to see if a public library owns an item, stop by the Reference Desk in the library and ask one of the librarians to help you.

Insignia: Library's Online Catalog

If you want to find out if the library owns a printed book , journal, magazine, or a DVD use the library’s catalog. You will also find Reserve books in the catalog.

Click here to access Insignia.
Any questions, ask a librarian!

Updated June 2021