Library Tips for Nursing Students
Trocaire College Libraries
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.
Getting to where you want to be
Click here to access the Nursing page.
Use the Databases: Journal Articles
- CINAHL Complete (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health) being the definitive research tools for nursing and allied health professionals
- Consumer Health Database
- Health & Medical Collection
- Health and Medicine
- Nursing and Allied Health
- ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health
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:
- Credo Reference
- eBooks from EBSCOhost *
- Health Reference Series Online*
- R2 Digital Library*
- Salem Press Reference Books Online*
*eBooks titles owned by the library have a direct link in the library catalog.
Use the Databases: Reference
- Credo Reference A great place to start you on your research if you are unfamiliar with your topic
- Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition
- Health Reference Series Online Individual books that cover various topics from AIDS to Women's health
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
- F.A. Davis: Distance Learning Hub for Undergraduate Nursing
- Films on Demand
- ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Videos
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.
(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)
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 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
Click here to access Insignia.