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Nursing: Home

This research guide has information intended for students doing a paper or project in the nursing field. Resources include both reference and circulating books, links to article databases, and recommended web sites

Subject Guide

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Deb West
Nash Library and Student Learning Commons

Individual Research Assistance

Any time you need help with a paper or project, whether it's where to begin, finding more information/sources, citing a resource or just to bounce an idea around, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment. My contact information is in the profile box above.

How to use this research guide

Each tab above focuses on different resources available through the Nash Library and Internet that can aid the user in locating materials for a paper or project.

  • Nursing Databases has links to online article indices and books. Some of the articles are full-text, some may be in journals held in the Nash Library and others may have to be requested via interlibrary loan.
  • Online Healthcare Guides has links to sources that offer a broad range of information in all health fields.
  • Drug Guides provides a list of both print and online books and also includes links to a couple of databases that offer current articles on medical technology, research and legislation on the drug industry.
  • Nursing Care Plans's page has a mix of free and fee-based sources for creating a care plan as well as some recent books added to the shelves.

Symbol of Nursing since 1999



The white heart was officially launched as a universal symbol for nursing in 1999, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Council of Nurses. The symbol is meant to characterize the caring, knowledge and humanity that infuse the work and spirit of nursing. The white heart is also a unifying symbol for nurses globally.

White was selected because it brings together all colours, demonstrating nursing's acceptance of all people. White also has a world-wide association with nursing, caring, hygiene and comfort. The heart shape communicates humanity and the central place that nursing has in quality health care.

This information was taken directly from the International Council of Nurses web site at

Alternative Resources

Keep the focus of your topic clear when selecting what resources to use when looking for information. You may want to consult sources outside of the usual health field if your subject includes another main issue. For example: