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.
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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Check the Library Catalog for additional books. You will find books available on all 3 CCBC campuses.
In the Catalog you may:
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.
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.
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:
How recent is the information?
How recently has the website been updated?
Is it current enough for your topic?
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?
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?
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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Here are some websites designed to help you evaluate medical and health related websites.
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!
Databases use keywords to search
Databases do not use questions to search
Basic things to remember when searching:
For help researching and creating keywords, please see your friendly Librarian at the Reference Desk or give us a call.