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Nursing Program Guide

General purpose guide collecting resources and information to support the nursing program at Western.

Ways to Find Nursing Journal Articles at Western

decorative black and white image of journal articlesSearch for a topic using a health science database

The vast majority of Western's resources for health sciences can be found by searching for a topic in one of our library databases. Databases are electronic collections of published information that are collected and organized.

For a list of recommended databases for nursing, take a look at the boxes below. 

Search for a specific publication or article in a database

Databases also allow you to search for or within specific publications. Look for the "Publications" button on the main page or use the Advanced Search.

Browse a print version of the journal or periodical 

There are some print journals available for browsing in the Learning Commons. 

Request a specific article through interlibrary loan

Article requests are able to be requested and delivered electronically via email using our interlibrary loan service, so please contact  or submit your request via the ask a librarian form on our website. Just because we don't own it doesn't mean we can't get it for you!

Not sure the best route to go? Want some help locating what you need? Please ask a librarian

Best Bet Databases for Nursing

Other Databases to Know

What's a Database?

What's a database?

A database is a searchable collection of online resources.

Database provide newspapers, magazines, trade journals, scholarly journals, and books, organized to support research. These resources are published by professionals and experts in a particular field, and are generally far more credible than free web sources.

How do I access them?database login screen

Databases are paid for by your library, and access is provided to staff and students for free. Students access the college databases with their student ID and password. Just click the name of a database below (and log in if prompted) to get started!

Why are there so many?

Different databases have different types of sources and they can cover different subject areas. Some cover multiple subjects while others are specialized.

The list of databases below are specific to the health sciences and are our "best bets" for research in that area, but they do contain different things. You or your instructor may have a favorite, or feel free to contact a librarian if you need a more personalized recommendation. 

What do I search for?

Whatever you want! You can search library databases using keywords, titles, authors, magazine or newspaper names. You can also limit your searches using filters for publication date, subject, or other criteria.

For more information on constructing searches, we recommend taking a look at our guide on the research process

Search Tips and Tools

The advanced search option provides multiple search boxes, as shown here by the three search boxes EBSCO's Health Source advanced search.Searching:

  • Break down your topic into search terms (for best results, use nouns).

  • The Advanced Search gives you multiple search boxes. This can help you narrow your results and also break down your topic into searchable components.

    • Within the advanced search, the Document Type or Publication Type category is a good place to specify what you are looking for.

    • Select the Full Text checkbox to be sure you get whole articles, not just short summaries and citations.

  • The Publication search can help you target a few specific laboratory medicine journals to search within. Search for "laboratory" or "clinical lab" in the description/summary box to find relevant journals.

  • Pay attention to the Subject terms you find. Jot down terms relevant to your research, they may lead to better articles.

  • If you're not sure about your search terms, use the Thesaurus to search for subject terms, browse for terms, or add terms to your search. Remember to jot them down, you may need them!

Navigating Results:

  • The Abstract is a concise summary of the article and can give you a sense of whether or not the article will be helpful. 

  • Struggling to identify a primary article (AKA original research)? Look for specific sections such methodologydata setresults, and analysis.

  • The Cite / Citation tool is very handy for help with citing your sources. Be sure to document your citations and save your articles as you research so you don't have to retrace your steps later.

  • Did you find a citation that looks helpful but can't find a full text version of the article? Ask a librarian and we'll see what we can to do to help you track it down.  

Just getting started with searching?

General introductions to research with library databases

Tutorials and tip sheets on using specific library databases

Contact a librarian for individualized assistance.

If you'd like additional help or more specific assistance, reach out to a Student Learning Librarian. Your Student Learning Librarians (Ellen and Linda) are happy to help with all kinds of research. We can help with:

  • ​Choosing search terms
  • Suggesting useful tools for your research
  • Filling "gaps" in your research
  • Tracking down full text articles or citations
  • Requesting materials from other libraries
  • and more!

Reach out to us in any of the following ways:

Email us at

Fill out the Ask a Librarian form on our website.

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