Articles from the library's online databases provide you with the most recent, scholarly, peer-reviewed and researched information from journals, magazines and reports in health science including Nursing. See the page titled Find Articles for detailed information and links to the article databases.
Books / eBooks
Use books to get the detailed and historical data and background information on your topic.
Use reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias to get the basic ideas and the exact definition on a topic. We have online databases like STAT!Ref for medical specific reference books.
The web can be a great source of digital information hub if you select the right sources. Try using government and educational sites for scholarly resources. Also try genuine primary information provided by professional organizations. Check out the sites we have added on the page titled Web Sites of this guide.
.com - Commercial Site: hear commercial site, think company. These websites are either selling a product or selling data for profit.
.gov - Government: provided data, research and resources from a government agency.
Database like Pubmed are actually a .gov website.
Keep in mind: Government agencies like NASA or the Department of Education don't author work individually but by committee.
.edu - Education: Education websites from and educational institution such as a a four year college or similar.
.org - Organization: internet addresses of organizations that do not work for profit
Questions to ask yourself when looking at a resource:
CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Use the CRAAP Test to evaluate your sources.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Purpose: the reason the information exists