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Nursing Research Guide: Databases

Guide to Nursing & Allied Health research.

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Summon Search

Search MU Libraries' collection, both print and electronic, with this web discovery tool. Enter terms below for a Summon Basic search or click the Summon Search link above to go directly to Advanced search.

MU Databases - Comprehensive list of databases available at MU Libraries in an A-Z list. The list can also be limited by subject area.

MU Journals Search - Search for electronic and print journals available from MU Libraries.

Google Scholar - If you are on campus, a Google Scholar search will help to identify full text articles and other items that are available through library subscriptions and holdings.  On campus and off campus, Google Scholar will greatly expand your search results.

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Full Text & Citation Databases and Where to Find Them

MU online databases can provide references to and full-text articles in the subject areas of Nursing and Healthcare in a wide range of periodicals from news magazines and newspapers to scholarly and professional journals.  See a list of the databases that are recommended for research in your field of study by clicking the following link:     Nursing & Health Databases

If you are primarily interested in searching databases recommended specifically for "evidence-based practice," click on the Evidence-Based Practice tab above.

Full Text vs. Citation Databases - What's the difference?

Full text databases, provide citation information, (author, article title, periodical name, volume & issue, date, etc.) for articles, essays, book chapters, dissertations, and other materials.  In addition, the complete source in HTML or PDF formats is also available in the database with an easy click of a button.

Citation (aka. index or bibliographic) databases provide citation information, but generally do not have the source available in full text. 

However, don't be discouraged from using citation only databases.  Most of the time, there is a link available to the full text outside of the database for an electronic or print copy that is accessible from or owned  by MU Libraries.  Or there is a link to request the item from another library for sources MU does not own.  The link will take you to MU's Information Delivery Services (IDS) where you can log in and place the request.


Remember, if you have questions about choosing or using a database, please consult a librarian.

Evaluating Popular & Scholarly Articles

Not sure if you have a "popular" or a "scholarly" source?  Or maybe just need a refresher?  MU Libraries Evaluating Sources can help.  Here you will find the basic differences between popular and scholarly articles reviewed.

Systematic vs. Literature Reviews