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Nursing Study Skills: Information Sources

Basic Search Guide

Basic Search Guide for Nursing & Health Sciences

This guide offers support using the best information sources for literature searching including books, journals and web resources

Search help - search tips and video guides to literature searching using Discovery and database searching

You can also book 1-2-1 literature search support here

Reading lists

Start by using your course reading list to access essential and recommended reading for your modules including books, e-books, journals and web resources. Help using your reading list

Discovery searching for books and journals

This video demonstrates how to do a basic Discovery search for books and journal articles. 

 A-Z of Journals - Searching for individual journals

Subject guides

Subject guides provide an overview of resources specific to your area of study including

  • Books and journals
  • Databases and websites
  • Videos and images

Find your subject guide

Web resources

  • TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) - high quality evidence for practitioners
  • NHS Choices - information for service users
  • NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Includes guidance, standards and evidence. 
  • NHS Acronym Buster - contains over a thousand commonly used healthcare abbreviations. 
  • Evidently Cochrane - a blog from Cochrane making Cochrane evidence accessible 
  • BMJ Learning - enter "free modules in the search box to access high quality continuing education for health professionals
  • Journal TOCS - journal alerting service

TIP!  Use Google with caution. Unless you are using a trusted academic, government or organization web site you will need to evaluate your information for accuracy, authenticity and currency.


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