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Research Guide for Maternal & Newborn, Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical, and Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing

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This is a guide to help with finding information about different areas of expertise within Nursing. Here you will find books, research articles, and great websites for Maternal & Newborn, Pediatrics, Medical Surgical, and Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing.

You will also find information on Evidence Based Practice and Career & Licensing Resources.

On this first page, you will find information on searching the catalog for books, evaluating websites, and searching the databases for research articles.

Click on a tab above to start exploring resources for the nursing profession!

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Library Catalog

Check the Library Catalog for additional books. You will find books available on all 3 CCBC campuses.

In the Catalog you may:

  • Search a keyword topic, for example "Nursing Skills" or "Diabetes".
  •  Search the title of a book, for example "Fundamental & Advanced Nursing Skills"
  • Search an author's name, for example "Kozier, Barbara".

The Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system to shelve books. You will need to have the call number to locate books; our call numbers use both letters and numbers together.

Use InterLibrary Loan to borrow from other campuses/libraries.

University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library serves all schools of the University of Maryland as well as the University of Maryland Medical Center. CCBC Students may use the library materials once they have shown a valid, photo-identification badge from CCBC. Students are not allowed to check out any materials.

Evaluating Websites

How can you decide whether to use a website or not?

Use the C.R.A.A.P. test and ask yourself the following questions:

Currency
How recent is the information?
How recently has the website been updated?
Is it current enough for your topic?

Relevancy/Reliability
What kind of information is included in the resource?
Does it provide information valuable to your research topic?
Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is it balanced?
Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
Are there advertisements on the website?

Authority
Who is the creator or author? What are their credentials?
Who is the publisher or sponsor? Are they reputable?
What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

Accuracy
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify any of the information in another source?

Purpose/Point of View
Is this fact or opinion?
Is it biased?
Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

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Evaluating Medical Websites

Here are some websites designed to help you evaluate medical and health related websites.

Finding Articles

During your college career your instructors will expect you to find "scholarly" articles. What does that mean? It means that now that you are in college you need to use academic resources for your papers and projects.

Try this "Anatomy of a Scholarly Article" for more information on how to identify a scholarly article.

Scholarly resources have been reviewed by experts to see if they are worthwhile or not.

Plus it is  important to evaluate those resources that you do find. Everything is not equally great. You need to use only the best sources for your paper--the better the sources the better the paper, and the easier to write too!

Keyword Searching

Databases use keywords to search

Databases do not use questions to search

Basic things to remember when searching:

  • Spell everything correctly.
  • Think like a thesaurus
  • Combine main topics with AND (for example: nursing AND patient outcomes)
  • Databases are not as intuitive as Google or other search engines.

For help researching and creating keywords, please see your friendly Librarian at the Reference Desk or give us a call.

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