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NURSe 542-- Dr. Michele Bracken

Getting Help

Hello, I'm Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services at the Blackwell Library. I supervise the Research & Instructional Services (RIS) Department and the Access Services Department. What it means for you is that I am your contact person for your instructional needs at the Blackwell Library.

You can call me at 410-543-6131 or email me at

 Other Contacts in the Library

  • You can call the Research & Instructional Services Desk at 1-888-543-0148 (ask for Blackwell Library Research Help Desk) or directly at 410-548-5988

  • Stephanie Fridie is the liaison for Collection Development. You can contact Stephanie at

  • You can chatwith the Circulation staff asking them basic library questions including Interlibrary Loan (ILL) questions.

  • You can chatwith the Research & Instructional Services librarians to ask them research questions.

  • You can also get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow reference service.   Find out more about that here.

I'd highly encourage you to also go through the Library Tutorial as it will answer many of the questions you have.

If you're new to the library website, here's a quick tutorial to show you how to get around!

Reference Sources

Handbooks, Manuals, Encyclopedias, Textbooks  Overviews and background information


ACP Medicine, by American College of Physicians 3 volume loose leaf, updated monthly

Ref. R129.S35

Atlas of Emergency Medicine, 3rd ed.

Ref. RC 86.7.A85 2010

Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 22nd ed.

Ref. RC46.C423 2004

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment

Ref. RC71.A14 2009

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 2nd ed.

Ref. RT81.5.E53 2006

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th ed.

Ref. RC46.H333 2008

Infectious Diseases in Context, 2 volumes

Ref. RC111.I516 2008

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy

Ref. RC55.M44 200Online Edition



A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, Medline Plus  Online

Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health, 7th ed. Revised

Ref. R121.E56 2005

Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions, 7th ed.

Ref. R121.M89 2006

Mosby’s Medical Dictionary

Ref. R121.M89 2009

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, 27th ed.

Ref. R121.S8 2003

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions & Nursing, 6th ed.

Ref. R121.S811 2008


Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests

Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, 2nd ed.      Ref. RB38.2.V36 2006

Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications, 8th ed.

Ref. RT48.5.K44 2010

Laboratory Tests & Diagnostic Procedures with Diagnosis

Ref. RT48.5.C67 2008

Mosby’s Diagnostic & Laboratory Test Reference, 7th ed.

Ref. RB38.2.P337 2005

Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic & Laboratory Tests, 4th ed.

Ref. RB38.2.P34 2010

Widmann’s Clinical Interpretation of Laboratory Tests, 11th ed.

Ref. RM301.12.N87 2005



Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses

Ref. RM301.12.D44 2009

Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference

Ref. RM138.M68 2011

National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal Link

Physician’s Desk Reference

Ready Ref. RS75.P5 2009


Guides to Physical Examination

Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination & History Taking, 10th ed.

Ref. RC76.B33 2009

DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination, 8th ed.

Ref. RC76.D45 2004

Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination, 7th ed.

Ref. RC76.M63 2011


Guide to Reference Sources

Essential Nursing Resources

A bibliography of resources compiled by the Interagency Council on Information Resources for Nursing (ICIRN). Nursing Education Perspectives Sept. 2009. Link.

Revised 8/30/2011              


Nursing Related Periodicals in Blackwell Library & Online 

Paper copies of journals, bound volumes, and current issues

For complete records of journal holdings in Blackwell Library, search catalogUSMAI for the title of the journal.

Electronic journals - full text of articles available online

See the E-journals list in Research Port to find journals in electronic format.

Ask A Librarian

Finding Articles

Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.  Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.  What does that mean?  Find out using this comparison table handout.

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text.  Here is a list of databases you might want to try.  NOTE: If you are off campus, you will need to log in with the barcode from the BACK of your Gull Card to access the databases.


  • CINAHL - a comprehensive nursing and allied health database. CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) covers over 1600 professional journals in nursing and allied health. Also includes publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association.
    Access to journals, healthcare books and book chapters, dissertations, conference proceedings, and standards of practice. Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. 1982-present.

    Advance search techniques:

    • CINAHL Headings in the Thesaurus

    • Instrumentation field

  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source - a full-text resource providing access to scholarly research in nursing and related fields. The collection consists of over 400 journals.

  • Health Source- Nursing Academic - Nearly 600 Scholarly full text titles covering nursing and allied health, 450 of these are peer-reviewed titles about 400 more titles are indexed and abstracted. Includes full text from titles such as: Ceative Nursing, Issues in :Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing; Community Health Nursing; Jouranl of Nursing Management; Patient Care for the Nurse Practitions; CLinical Pharmacology.

  • MEDLINE - Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,800 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries.


  • PsycINFO - produced by American Psychological Association (APA), PsycINFO is the gold standard database for psychology and related fields, with more than 1.7 million citations and abstracts of journal articles, book chapters and books, technical reports, and dissertations. Its holdings include material from 1,700 periodicals in over 30 languages.

  • PsycArticles- includes full text articles from 71 journals in psychology and related fields.

  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences -  provides coverage of nearly 550 full-text journals, including more than 500 peer-reviewed titles. The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Nearly every full-text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO.



  • Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information.

  • National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post.


Find It Button


It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.  Watch this video tutorial for more information about ILL.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  See it in action in this tutorial!

You can also use the Citation Linker, another fabulously cool tool.   It is useful when you are reading an article and it cites another article that looks like it would be super useful for your research.   You plug in the citation information for that article and can find out how to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the library, or through Interlibrary Loan.  It works the same way as Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.

Learn more about the Citation Linker!

Everybody's Favorite: Statistics!

You can also try your hand at finding datasets by Googling "public use" AND dataset AND [your topic].   Statistics can be tricky, so be sure and let me know if you're having problems finding what you want!

Citing your work

is not cool.  Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Use this guide to help you cite your work, and remember librarians are good at answering citation questions as well!

Here are some of my favorite sites for help with APA Style:



ESSENTIAL Nursing Resources: for the Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing (ICIRN) Nursing Education Perspectives Sept./Oct. 2009 v. 30(5), pages 318-327

For text go through Research Port  and use the search box for Looking for a specific article.  This article is in two databases: Health Source: Nursing Academic (EBSCO) and Nursing & Allied Health Source (ProQuest).


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The instruction librarian liaison to Nursing is Mou Chakraborty, | 410-543-
Stephanie Fridie is the liaison for Nursing 410-543-6206