Foundations of Nursing

NURS 301; Professors M. J. Greene, J. Williams, & C. Stearns

September 6, 2007

Guide for finding sources at the George T. Potter Library

Susan B. Kurzmann

skurzman@ramapo.edu

 

 

 

I. Library Homepage: http://library.ramapo.edu

  

Your access point to the catalog (OPAC), databases, interlibrary loan forms, etc.

 


II. Find Books

  • Catalog: Use this to find books, periodical titles (NOT articles ), government documents, reserve items, music, and movies owned by the Library. You may limit a search by language, year(s) of publication, type of material, etc. This may take a few seconds to load.
  • In Basic Search, search the catalog using Keywords to find material
    • For example: search for nursing or nurses to locate a broad range of material and look for ideas for your project
      • Use quotation marks around a multi-word phrase, e.g., "acute care"
         
      • Use the Subject Browse feature if you know the relevant Library of Congress (LC) subject heading, for example:

        Nursing--Social aspects

        Nursing--Practice--United States

        Industrial nursing

        Diabetes--Complications

        Non-insulin-dependant diabetes

  • OR

  • Go to Advanced Search
  • The Boolean search terms are built in for your use to enable the catalog to provide more focused results:

    AND: you are commanding the system to search for material that addresses both terms you've entered

    OR: you are commanding the system to search for material on either of the search terms you have entered

    NOT: you are commanding the system to search for material on the first term you have entered and to exclude any material on the second term you have entered

Tips

                  

    1. Start with broad searches. It's much easier to discard too much rather than start with too little.
    2. If you don't know the Subject Heading, use the Related Records tab located on the top of a catalog record to get to the headings. This will help you focus in on more relevant material.
    3. You can "virtually" browse the shelves by clicking on the call number in a record and viewing the records for similar items.

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III. Reference Material

The reference stacks are located on the 3rd floor (this is also the library's entrance).

    General Reference Works:  
    A Cross Section of Nursing Research: Journal Articles for Discussion and Evaluation Ref RT81.5 .C76 2005
    Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research Ref RT81.5 .P69 2006
    Encyclopedia of Nursing Research Ref RT81.5 .E53 2006
    Foundations of Nursing Theory: Contributions of 12 Key Theorists Ref RT84.5 .F68 1995
    *The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health Ref RT21 .G353 2002
    Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing Ref RT 31 .S66 1999
    Lippincott Manual f Nursing Practice Ref RT 51 .B78 2006
    Medical-Surgical Nursing Care Plans: Nursing Diagnoses & Interventions Ref RT49 .J34 1996
    The Merck Manual: Of Diagnosis and Therapy Ready Reference RC55 .M4 2006

    Mosby's Medical Dictionary

    Ref R121 .M89 2006
    Nursing Theorists and Their Work Ref RT84.5 N9 1998
    PDR: Guide to Drug Interactions, Side Effects, and Indications Ref RS75 .P3 2007
    Stedman's Abbrev.: Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols Ref R123 .S69 1999
    Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children Ref RJ245 .W47 2003
    Diseases:  
    Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease Ref RC41 .C365 2003
    [Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impacts on Human History]

    *Online reference - enter title in our catalog

    Human Diseases and Conditions Ref RC81 .A2 H75 2000
    Statistical Handbook on Infectious Diseases Ref RA643 .W33 2003
    World Epidemics: A Cultural Chronology of Disease from Prehistory to the Era of SARS Ref RA649 .S65 2003

   

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IV. Find Articles (Databases)

  • Some useful Databases for finding articles:

CINAHL

CINAHL: Coverage from 1982-present

NOTE: When only a citation is included, click on the Check availability at Ramapo link to see if the full text of the article is available in our collection.

Health Management Journals

Largely full-text.

NOTE: When only a citation is included, click on the Find a copy link and then on Check for full text via 1Cate to see if the full text of the article is available in our collection.

MEDLINE (via EBSCO)

Index from the National Library of Medicine

NOTE: When only a citation is included, click on the Check availability at Ramapo link to see if the full text of the article is available in our collection.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive Abstracts and many full-text articles
Additional Medical Databases:  
Biological Sciences (JSTOR) Full-text articles from scholarly journals
Biomedical Reference Center Collection: Comprehensive Full-text articles; mainly scholarly journals
Freebies for the moment:  

Biomedical Reference Collection: Expanded

Health Source -Consumer Edition

Nursing & Allied Heath Collection: Expanded

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition 

See also:  
Alt-HealthWatch Full-text coverage of the full spectrum of Alternative Medicine subject areas and focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
BasicBiosis

Focuses on general life science research from around the world.

NOTE: When only a citation is included, click on the Check availability at Ramapo link to see if the full text of the article is available in our collection.

Academic Search Premier

A multi-disciplinary database containing both full-text articles and citations.

NOTE: When only a citation is included, click on the Check availability at Ramapo link to see if the full text of the article is available in our collection.

  • Choose database you would like to search

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VWebsites

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VI. Journal Finder / Interlibrary Loan

Journal Finder

Find out if a particular periodical (newspaper, journal, or magazine) is available full-text online, in print in the library, or available on microfilm. A link can be found under Quick Links on the library's homepage

Interlibrary Loan

You may borrow a book or article that our library doesn't own. There is a link from the Journal Finder page.

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VII. Preparing Bibliographies

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Need more help? Visit or call the Reference Desk: 201.684.7574

OR

Use QandA NJ.org, a 24/7 virtual chat service with a reference librarian.

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