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Nursing Research

This guide has been designed to assist students & faculty with nursing research. Use this guide to learn:

  • Which databases to use to find the best research and how to search effectively
  • How to conduct literature searches and find literature reviews
  • How to search for qualitative and quantitative research
  • How to find information on nursing theories and theorists

See also: the Nursing Resources guide for general nursing resources from RSU Libraries


This is a list of the most relevant library databases for nursing research. If you find an article citation with no link to the full text article, you may request the article through interlibrary loan.

Primary Databases


Other Relevant Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

    Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for journals, including many in nursing.

  • APA PsycARTICLES (EBSCO)    An essential database of full-text, peer-reviewed articles published by the APA and affiliated journals.

  • Health Source Nursing Academic Edition (EBSCO)

    Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition provides access to scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong.

  • JSTOR    JSTOR can be helpful to find historical journal articles about nursing theorists and pioneers in nursing.

The Explore RSU Libraries search box on the library website searches all the library's resources in one place including books/ebooks, scholarly and news articles, streaming video, and government publications.