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Nursing : Books & Videos

A research guide for nursing students

Why use books?

  • Circulating books will give you more in-depth information than a reference book. They may go into more detail on a specific topic.
  • Often, a chapter or two will be enough to meet your research needs. Use the table of contents in the front or the index in the back to determine what pages you need to consult.
  • Most medical books also contain extensive  lists of references that point you to other relevant resources.

Videos online

Educational videos and documentaries are another good source of information and are great resources for enhancing presentations. Check these out:

Films on Demand contains more than 6,000 educational videos that can be viewed in their entirety, or in segments. There are more than 1,700 health-related videos. (NOTE: If this link doesn't work, go to the Library homepage and use the link there.)

MedlinePlus: Videos and Cool Tools includes anatomy videos, interactive tutorials, and surgery videos.

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source: Medcom's Video Training Programs cover health care topics important to practitioners.

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source: Advanced Search allows you to do a subject search and select the type of source you want.


Books online

You can access tens of thousands of eBooks online! Look for eBooks from:

Ebrary contains more than 25,000 books on a variety of topics, including more than 2,000 on medicine. Chapter-level viewing allows you to focus on the most relevent information you need. All ebrary books can be read on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a tablet such as an iPad.

Books and videos on our shelves

Search the library catalog for books and DVDs.

Begin with a basic keyword search for nursing, and you'll find hundreds of books. Refine your search, in order to find books that are more specific, by using additional or alternative keywords. For example:

  • nursing diabetes
  • diabetes treatment
  • diabetes nutrition

Books that have [electronic resource] after the title are ebooks that can be read online in their entirety. A link to the ebook appears in the record. 

In addition to using the catalog, you can browse the shelves in the 610-619 call numbers for nursing and medical books.

If we have any DVDs on your topic, they will appear in the catalog search result list, along with the books. To see a list of films only, you can limit or filter your search to DVD & VHS.

Circulating Books

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