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Nursing Undergraduate Student Library Research Guide: Books

Information to support undergraduate students as they become proficient users of library resources and services



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In addition to the e-books in the University Libraries’ online catalog, there are several databases that include e-books relevant to the health sciences.  At the present time, almost all of these e-books do not have records in the catalog so finding them will require separate searches of the databases.  You will find that most of the databases provide title and subject searching.  They offer multiple options to display the e-book such as pdf for downloading or reading the book online.  When you create an account, you will be able to save a list of the e-book titles you want to track for a while.  Some databases also provide an option to export citations to a citation manager like EndNote or RefWorks. 

ACCESSMedicine  Includes 45 medical reference books in clinical medicine.  The latest editions of such standard texts as Harrison’s Online, Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacology, Williams Obstetrics and Lange’s Current diagnosis and treatment series are available.

AccessPharmacy  Described as an online curricular resource for pharmacy education, the database includes the latest editions of a few standard titles such as Pharmacotherapy: a pathophysiologic approach, Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological basis of therapeutics, and Drug information: a guide for pharmacists.

Books@Ovid  Includes 291 e-book titles selected by the University Libraries’ health sciences librarians.  There are 103 titles in nursing available.

ClinicalKey  Includes over 1,000 e-books in medicine.  1995+

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)  A multidisciplinary database with approximately 1,600 books in nursing.  1985+

HathiTrust Digital Library  Includes books, government publications and other publications as well as unpublished materials.  Reports from local, regional, national and international government agencies might be especially valuable when you are working on literature reviews.  While millions of items are included, not all are available in full-text.  Creating an account will increase the number of items you can display.  Others can be requested through the University Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Service.

NCBI Bookshelf  An online searchable collection of full-text books, reports, databases, and other scholarly literature in the health and life sciences from the National Library of Medicine.  Approximately 4,300 titles describe medicine and nursing topics with 2,500 of interest to nurses.  The international roster of publishers includes the National Academy Press and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Proquest eBook Central A multidisciplinary database with over 130,000 scholarly books available from many publishers.  About 500 titles in nursing are included.

PsychiatryOnline  Provided by the American Psychiatric Association, this database includes a full-text copy of the latest edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) and accompanying tools for application.  Access is also available to the Association’s textbooks such as The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment.

R2 Digital Library  This database includes books offered by Rittenhouse.  There are 19 nursing texts including the latest editions of basic textbooks in 17 specialty areas.   2003+

STAT!Ref Medical  Offers current full-text medical and drug information from an online library of 50 reference texts.  Searching retrieves book titles as well as chapters.

Book Delivery

How to Get a Book That Is Not at Dana

1.  Search your book title in QuickSearch (or use QuickSearch box above).  (You can also use ADVANCED SEARCH and limit to Resource Type BOOKS--or use BROWSE search by TITLE to get fast results.)  Sign in with your Net ID and password for full access (2 clicks). Use the Request link under FIND IN LIBRARY in the record to borrow a book from another Rutgers library.

2.  Book not at Rutgers?  Go to E-ZBorrow (PALCI) and sign in with your Net ID.

3.  Book not in E-ZBorrow (PALCI)?  Go to UBorrow and sign in with your Net ID.

4.  Book not in UBorrow?  Go to ILLIAD and sign in with your Net ID.  Use the ILL book request.  

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