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Selected Reference Resources

These sources can serve a variety of useful purposes for your research. Browsing resources such as specialized encyclopedias can help you identify interesting topics to research, while providing the background information that will get you started. Handbooks and dictionaries can help clarify unfamiliar terminology, while directories and subject bibliographies can refer you to organizations and resources that offer more detailed information.

All of the titles listed below are located in Geisel Library's reference collection which is located on the first floor of the library next to the reference desk or are located in databases online. Some titles have online equivalents; for those titles appearing in red, click on the title to access the electronic version.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia
     Ref RC81.A2 A497

Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health
     Ref R121 .M65

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research
     Ref RT81.5 .E53

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
     Ref RT21 .G353 2002 (5 vols.)

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
     Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gray's Anatomy:  The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery
     Ref QM23.2 .G73

Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions
     Ref R121 .M89 2009

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Handbooks and Directories

AHFS Drug Information (annual)
     Ref RS131.2 .A47

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
     Ref RC71 .M4

Nursing 2009 Drug Handbook
     Ref RM301.12 .N87 2009

Nursing Diagnosis Handbook : An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care
     Ref RT48.6 .A35 2008

The Oxford Companion to the Body
     From Oxford Reference Online
     QM7 .O96 2001

The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine
     From Oxford Reference Online
     Ref R121 .O884

Pathways to Nursing:  A Guide to Library and Online Research in Nursing and Allied Health
     Ref RT81.5 .T833

Physicians' Desk Reference:  PDR
     Ref RS75 .P5


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Find Journal Articles


CrossSearch  Nursing

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Search the following databases to locate citations and/or full text of journal articles. In some cases, the database will provide links to the full text of articles. If you see a WebBridge button next to an article of interest, click it to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full text via another electronic database. WebBridge will also help you request articles through Interlibrary Loan if they aren't available through our library. If there is no WebBridge button, search for the journal's availability using the Journal Finder. Journals listed as being in "Geisel Library Paper Holdings" are shelved alphabetically by journal title on the Lower Level of the library.

Core Resources

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is the premier search tool for scholarly nursing and health care information with some full text from over 1,200 journal titles. Also included within the database are citations to conference proceedings, book chapters, and dissertations.  User Guide

Health Source:  Nursing/Academic Edition
Provides full-text access to 600 scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines. To access Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary, please click on 'Medical Dictionary' on the green toolbar at top of page.

This is the one place to search for high-level articles from biomedical journals. It provides full text for over 1,000 journals related to medicine, nursing, dentistry, and the health care system. (Coverage varies by journal)

National Library of Medicine
Portal to all the databases provided by the NLM, including Pubmed, MedlinePlus, and toxicology resources.

ProQuest Health and Medical Complete   (Full Text)
Access clinical research and consumer and health administration journals spanning all healthcare disciplines including medical sciences, immunology, pharmacology, nursing, physical fitness and surgery.
Access restricted to Saint Anselm College community.

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source   (Full Text)
A collection of scholarly and trade full text nursing journals, evidence-based resources, full text dissertations, and training videos.
Access restricted to Saint Anselm College community.

PubMed is a free database of biomedical citations and abstracts that includes all the contents of Medline, plus additional material from life science and biochemistry journals. For some articles, links to the full text are available.    User Guide

Other Subject Resources

Academic Search Premier
This multi-disciplinary database is an excellent starting point for finding scholarly journal articles and popular magazine articles on a wide range of topics. (Coverage varies by publication)

LexisNexis Academic
Find articles from medical and health journals by clicking on the Power Search tab, choosing "All Full-Text Medical Journals" from the Select Sources menu, and entering your search terms in the box provided.

This is the premier resource for accessing scholarly research in the field of psychology. Search for abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, books, and dissertations on all aspects of behavioral science and mental health. (1887–present) User Guide
Access restricted to Saint Anselm College community.

This index provides citations and abstracts of scholarly journal articles in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, and mutagens. (Five years ago–present)


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Find Primary Sources

Guide to distinguishing primary from secondary sources.


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Find Books

Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Search by keyword (e.g. evidence-based nursing) if you are unsure of the title you are looking for. Nursing books fall within the broad category of medicine and are located on the upper level in the R through RT sections. Search WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. Find a book in this database, and, if not owned by SAC, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan with one click. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7–14 days. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary is an online library containing thousands of e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Selected Websites

Searching the World Wide Web can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality, makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

Nursing General Reference
Contains links to medical Web search tools, software reviews, CNE drug resources, and nursing discussion lists. Formerly Worldwide Nurse.

Nursing Theory Page
Includes links to resources about nursing theories throughout the world.

Literature Indexes from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
The Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library "provides knowledge resources to help advance nurses as scholars."

Yahoo:  Health:  Nursing
Categorized listing, also searchable by keyword.


The Hastings Center
The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969 to explore fundamental and emerging questions in medicine, health care, biotechnology.

Health Statistics

CDC Wonder
This convenient website offers one-stop access to the Center for Disease Control's vast statistical resources, including the WISQUARS Cause of Death database and data on such topics as cancer, asthma, STDs, and infant mortality.

Health, United States
Government Documents HE 20.7042/6: (print version)
Probably the preeminent government publication for statistics on US health issues, including fertility and mortality, incidence of risk factors, health spending, facilities, and patients. The website offers the latest edition plus archived editions back to 1975.

National Center for Health Statistics
This branch of the Center for Disease Control oversees many of the US federal government's statistical publications on health issues. Check their FastStats page for basic data by topic or the Data Access Tools for tables and datasets at the national and state level.

New Hampshire Health Data Inventory
A good source for state population and community health data.

The Silver Book
An almanac of facts, statistics, graphs, and data from more than 200 agencies, organizations, and experts. The database that is constantly updated and expanded in order to highlight the latest research and data on the burden of chronic disease and the value of investing in medical research. provides the latest data on more than 500 health, health care, and health policy topics, comparable across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States.

World Bank Health, Nutrition, and Population Statistics Database
In this online database, use the Data Query system to select the countries, years, and health variables of interest in order to produce downloadable data tables. Also check the MDGs page to obtain data on how well countries are succeeding in meeting the UN's Millennium Development Goals on improving health conditions worldwide.

World Health Organization
The WHO's statistical information system provides a variety of access points for obtaining health statistics on countries, including downloadable tables from its annual World Health Statistics and quick links to data by topic (such as nutrition and AIDS).

Related Health and Biomedical Websites

Boston Healing Landscape Project
Located in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, this project shows how, over the past thirty years, the medical landscape of the U.S. has changed. This richly textured world of healing represents the new face of culturally and religiously grounded complementary and alternative medicine in America.

CDC:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Knowledge Weavers Project
The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences library at the University of Utah is responsible for the Knowledge Weavers project, which aimed to "produce innovative multimedia resources which included tutorials, interactive cases, animations and other multimedia methods of delivery to support health sciences education." There are more than two dozen resources in subjects that include neurology, nurse midwifery, cardiology, and environmental medicine. Visitors can use the Image Banks/Collections to look at "The ECG Learning Center", which includes an interactive ECG tutorial, ECG terminology, and diagnostic criteria. The "Voluntary Control of the Facial Muscles" animation under the "Animations" heading, allows visitors to see how the movement of the voluntary facial muscles are impeded by such things as infections and tumors. "EnviroDx" is under the heading "Interactive Cases" and operates as a virtual clinic for a doctor trying to diagnose a patient whose illness is likely caused by exposure to environmental factors.

The EthnoMed site contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants.
A consumer-oriented online information guide to conditions, treatments, and general well being.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This website, supported by the National Institutes of Health, provides the most timely, authoritative, and relevant resources on complementary and alternative medicine. Included are research, clinical trials, statistics, graphics and images.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

National Women's Health Information Center
Women's health information, from the federal government.

Nursing Organizations and Career Resources

New Hampshire and Vermont Health Professionals Recruitment Center
Healthcare positions in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Nursing Center
Highlights extensive career and professional development opportunities.

Nursing Career Information
This site is published at Columbia University and provides general information regarding licensure, certification, and career resources. It links to a helpful career magazine offering regional news, Nursing Spectrum.

Professional Organizations:

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Citing Sources

Works must always be properly cited. The Nursing Department requires the formats as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Guide), located at the library's Reference Desk. Other helpful guides include APA-the easy way!, also at the Reference Desk, and the link Citing Sources, which will show online APA examples.


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