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Nursing: Articles

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to Nursing research and resources.

Finding Journal Articles

The most current research in nursing is often found in journal articles. The U of L Library subscribes to many databases that allow you to search for journal articles on your research topic. Some of the most important databases in the field of nursing are listed on the right. Read the description of each database to determine which ones are most likely to include articles on your topic.

Databases usually provide article citation information and abstracts—summaries of what each article is about. Often, the full text of the article is available within the database or through a link. If the full text of an article isn't available through the U of L Library, you may request it via an interlibrary loan.

For more information on finding articles through the U of L Library, visit our Find Journal Articles guide. For tips on how to search databases, watch the video below.

Search Techniques and Strategies

Evaluating Articles

When searching for articles to use in your research, keep in mind that not all articles are scholarly, peer reviewed sources. Magazines such as Alberta RN can be good sources for some kinds of information, but they may not be appropriate for research papers.

To determine whether or not an article is peer reviewed, search the title of the journal in which it is published in Ulrichsweb. Peer reviewed journals will have the black "refereed" symbol () displayed next to them.

For more help with identifying reliable, scholarly sources of information, visit our Evaluating Sources guide.

Recommended Databases

The databases listed below, particularly CINAHL and ProQuest NAHS, are core nursing resources. They are the best sources of scholarly articles on nursing and allied health fields.

For a more comprehensive list, see our Nursing Resources page. Keep in mind that many research topics are multidisciplinary, so you may wish to search databases from other subject areas as needed.