Nursing Research Guide

Resources for Research in Nursing

The interdisciplinary nature of the health professions makes it necessary for students of nursing to have access to information on a wide variety of subjects—biological sciences, pharmacy, medicine, psychology, sociology, public health, hospital planning and administration, social work, child development, nutrition, education, community planning, public policy, communications, and business. The links below list some of the major resources available for research in the field of the caring sciences.

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Cite your sources: This chart compares citation tools and has links to pages on principles of citation.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine is a "tutorial... intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine."

Evidence-based practice: improving patient care is a 10-minute tutorial for a therapy question.

Evidence Based Medicine Information is a tutorial that "will acquaint you with the concept of Evidence Based Medicine and help you to develop MEDLINE search strategies to locate reports of research in the medical literature which use evidence-based principles."

TRIP Database "is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice."

Streaming Video Collection

Selected Statistical Resources

Federal Government Sources

Current Index to Statistics Most current edition. Updated yearly. Indexes all articles from about 111 core journals and selected articles from about 1,200 additional journals and about 11,000 books in statistics published since 1975.

Datasets (Univ. of Connecticut Health Center, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library)

Health Data Tools and Statistics (Partners in Health Information Access to Public Health Professionals)

International Statistics

  • FAOSTAT is an on-line, multilingual database currently containing more than 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: Food Balance Sheets, Food Aid Shipments, and Population.
  • OECD iLibrary - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • United Nations Statistics Division
  • WHOSIS (World Health Organization Statistical Information System)

ICPSR Data Archive The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. ICPSR provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data.

Statistics and Demographic Databases

Texas and Regional Sources

Guide to Statistics on the Web (UT Austin)

The University of Texas School of Public Health Library maintains an excellent page that has links to sources of Texas, federal, international, and NGO statistics.

Instruments and Measurements

UT Libraries Guide to Finding Tests and Measurements

Buros Institute - The Buros Institute Web pages details the premier resources in the fields of education and pychological testing. The items, the Mental Measurements Yearbook series and the Tests in Print series, and instructions on their use are described in full detail. Consult the list below for the UT holdings of these and other closely related resources.

Compendium of Quality of Life Instruments 
RA 407 C65 1998 CD-ROM PCL Reference - Electronic Information Center
RA 407 C65 1998 COMPUTER DISK PCL Reference - Electronic Information Center
RA 407 C65 1998 V.1 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
RA 407 C65 1998 V.2 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
RA 407 C65 1998 V.3 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
RA 407 C65 1998 V.4 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
RA 407 C65 1998 V.5 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
/ (edited by) Sam Salek. Chichester ; New York : John Wiley & Sons, c1998.Includes bibliographical references and index. English and over 40 other languages are represented by the Compendium.

Directory of unpublished experimental mental measures./ Bert A. Goldman and John L. Saunders. New York, Behavioral Publications, 1974- 
BF 431 G624 V.1-7 PCL Reference Dept
Title Index BF 431 2001 PCL Stacks

Measures for Psychological Assessment: a Guide to 3,000 Original Sources and Their ApplicationsChun, Ki-Taek. Sidney Cobb and John R. P., French, Jr. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Survey Research Center , 1975. .
HM 48 C4826 PCL Reference Dept (additional copies in PCL Stacks) - This is a comprehensive bibliography of experimental (unpublished) mental health measures. The items cited appeared in 26 journals in psychology and sociology between 1960 and 1970. Each citation includes author, test title, and basic bibliographic information. Most also provide normative data, validity, other information specific to the instrument, and at least one reference to citations in the book's applications section which lists 6,600 articles in which the scales were used.

Mental Measurements Yearbook. (now online) Highland Park, N.J. : The Mental Measurements Yearbook, 1941-
PCL Reference Index Tables LB 1131 B9755 2D 1940 - 15TH 2003: Published biennially (with a supplement in intervening years), this standard work indexes, describes, and evaluates thousands of tests. A large section of book reviews follows the main section of the yearbook, and directories of test publishers are included. Editions are not cumulative; thus for comprehensive and historical coverage of a test, all volumes must be consulted. Each entry provides descriptive information, such as the test name, intended population, publication dates, forms and prices, test author, and publisher. It also contains additional information on the extent to which reliability, validity, norming data, scoring and reporting services, and foreign language versions are available. Most entries also include one or more reviews of the test and testing materials (e.g., manuals) by qualified psychologists.

Test Critiques. Kansas City, Mo. : Test Corporation of America, c1984-
PCL Reference Index Tables BF 176 T418 V.1 1984 through V.10 1994

Test Critiques Compendium : Reviews of Major Tests from the Test Critiques Series.Kansas City, Mo. : Test Corp. of America, c1987.
BF 176 T4195 1987 PCL Reference Index Tables

Tests; A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business.edited by Taddy Maddox. 4th ed. Austin : Pro-Ed, c1997.
BF 176 T43 1997 PCL Reference Index Tables
Contains consistent codified information describing and cataloging tests available for use by psychologists, educators, and human resource personnel.

Tests in Print VI : An Index to Tests, Test Reviews, and the Literature on Specific Tests.edited by Linda L. Murphy, Jane Close Conoley, and James C. Impara. Lincoln, Neb
LB 3051 T477 2002 PCL Reference Index Tables - Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, University of Nebraska-Lincoln : Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press, 2002. APA describes Tests In Print as "a bibliographic encyclopedia of information on every commercially available test in psychology and achievement. Each entry consists of the test title, intended population, publication date, acronym (if applicable), author, publisher, foreign adaptations, and references. There are no critical reviews or psychometric information on the tests; detailed information on individual tests is available in other reference books such as MMY or Test Critiques. TIP was created to serve as a master index to the whole Buros Institute reference series on tests, including the 11 MMYs and the monograph series."


Cite Your Sources contains information on different citation managers, including a comparison chart, and a tutorial on understanding citations.

Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences - Contains links to online instructions to authors for over 3,500 health and life science journals.

Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses. Saver, Cynthia. Indianapolis, IN : Sigma Theta Tau International, c2010.

Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation : a Handbook for Students and Faculty. James E. Mauch, Namgi Park. New York : M. Dekker, c2003.

Writer's Guide to Nursing Periodicals. Jeanette M. Daly. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2000. 
RT 24 D35 2000 PCL Stacks

Writing for Publication in Nursing. Marilyn H. Oermann, Judith C. Hays. New York : Springer Pub. Co., c2010. 
RT 24 O35 2010 PCL Stacks

Nursing Education


CollegeSource Online

Directory of Accredited Organizations
See also DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources onLINE) Produced by the National Library of Medicine, DIRLINE focuses primarily on health and biomedical information resources including organizations, government agencies, information centers, professional societies, voluntary associations, support groups, academic and research institutions, and research facilities and resources. Records contain resource names, addresses, phone numbers, and descriptions of services, publications, and holdings. Covers primarily the United States and some international organizations.

Nursing education information from the Texas Board of Nursing

Nursing programs
PCL Reference Index Tables RT 79 P48 2008 USE IN LIBRARY ONLY 
PCL Stacks RT 79 P48 2003, 2004, & 2006

Official Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Schools.
RT 73 O34 2004 PCL Reference Index Tables USE IN LIBRARY ONLY

Guide to Nursing Programs : Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing education in the U.S. and Canada
See also Nursing Schools in the United StatesNursing Schools In Texas, and UT-Austin Nursing School.

Testing and Education Reference Center—includes fultext NCLEX-PN

Biographical and Historical Information

Adelaide Nutting Historical Nursing Collection 
MCFICHE 4920 Collections Deposit Library (open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm) USE IN LIBRARY ONLY 
The Nutting Collection contrains more than 1,500 monographs and documents about the history of medicine and nursing, and hospitals from the 15th century through the early 20th century. Particularly valuable are the documents from French hospitals of the 17th and 18th centuries plus articles, books, and correspondence by Florence Nightingale.

American Nursing : a Biographical Dictionary
RT 34 A44 1988 v.1 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
RT 34 A44 1988 v.2 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
RT 34 A44 1988 v.3 PCL Reference Dept USE IN LIBRARY ONLY(edited by) Vern L. Bullough, Olga Maranjian Church, Alice P. Stein. PUBLISHED: New York : Garland, 1988- SERIES: Garland reference library of social science v. 368, etc. NOTES: Vol. 2 edited by Vern L. Bullough, Lilli Sentz, and Alice P. Stein. Includes bibliographies and indexes. Summary: Contains biographies of 175 women and two men nursing leaders. Most entrants were born before 1900. Signed entries give lengthy biographical information, references, and life dates. Many photographs and drawings. Contents: Signed biographies, pictures and bibliographies about women and men nursing leaders -- v.1. Born before 1890 or deceased by 1988. -- v.2. Born 1891-1915 or deceased 1988-1991. New York 1988- . -- v. 3.[No title].

A Bibliography of Nursing Literature: the Holdings of the Royal College of Nursing (1859-1980) 
-Q- RT 42 T485 (1859-1960) PCL Stacks LIB USE ONLY
-Q- RT 42 T486 (1961-1970) PCL Stacks
RT 42 W32 1985 (1971-1975) PCL Stacks LIB USE ONLY
RT 42 W32 1986 (1976-1980) PCL Stacks LIB USE ONLY
This source is intended as a guide to the first 100+ years of nursing literature beginning with Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing in 1859. Volumes include sections on history of nursing, biography, nursing as a profession, and hospitals.

Bibliography of the History of Medicine
R 131 A1 B582 PCL Stacks LIB USE ONLY
Focuses on the history of medicine and its related sciences. Three sections included, biography, subjects and authors.

Complete in all its Parts : Nursing Education at the University of Iowa, 1898-1998 / Anderson, Lee / Ann Arbor / 1998 
RT 80 I82 I693 1998 PCL Stacks

Dictionary of American Nursing Biography 
RT 34 D53 1988 PCL Reference Dept LIB USE ONLY
Martin Kaufman, editor-in-chief ; Joellen Watson Hawkins, Loretta P. Higgins, and Alice Howell Friedman, contributing editors. Companion v. to: Dictionary of American medical biography.Contains 196 biographical sketches of persons who were important in the history of American nursing and who died prior to January 31, 1987.

Florence Nightingale and the Birth of Professional Nursing
RT 37 N5 N54 1999 V.1-6 PCL Stacks
Published by Bristol : Thoemmes Press, 1999. Provides a thorough history in 6 volumes of Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910, and the history of nursing in England.

Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing / Snodgrass, Mary Ellen / Santa Barbara, Calif / 1999
RT 31 S66 1999 PCL Stacks

A History of Nursing, from Ancient to Modern Times; A World View 
RT 31 S7 PCL Stacks
By Isabel M. Stewart and Anne L. Austin. 5th ed. New York, Putnam (1962) Based on A short history of nursing from the earliest times to the present day by Lavinia L. Dock, 1858-1956.

NLM History of Medicine
You can search for online citations to NLM’s historical literature previously stored in HISTLINE in the following ways: 
Monographs: Citations to historical monographs (including books, audiovisuals, serials, book chapters, and meeting papers) are now in LOCATORplus, NLM’s web-based, public access catalog. Searches can be limited to NLM’s History of Medicine (HMD) Collection, if desired. 
Journal Articles: Citations to historical articles have been moved to PubMed, NLM’s web-based, retrieval system. Add the phrase "historical article" to your search to focus your search on articles discussing topics from the historical perspective. NLM has citations to both types of historical literature—journal articles as well as monographs—accessible through a single search location, the NLM Gateway.

No Place Like Home : a History of Nursing and Home Care in the United States / Buhler-Wilkerson, Karen / Baltimore / 2001
RT 120 H65 B84 2001 PCL Stacks
Contents: pt. 1. Inventing home care in the nineteenth century -- 1. Trained nurses for the sick poor -- 2. Creating their own domain : ladies, nurses, and the sick poor -- pt. 2. The work and reality -- 3. "Treatment of families in which there is sickness" -- 4. Caring in its proper place : race relations at home -- 5. Lillian Wald and the invention of public health nursing -- Home nursing care--yesterday, today, and tomorrow : a photo essay -- pt. 3. Management and money -- 6. The business of private nursing -- 7. A cautionary tale : the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's home care experiment -- pt. 4. Reinventing home care in the mid-twentieth century -- 8. "An unchanging purpose in a changing world" -- 9. Home care becomes the fashion again.

The Nurse Apprentice, 1860-1977 / Bradshaw, Ann / Aldershot / 2000 
RT 11 B73 2001 PCL Stacks

Nursing, a Historical Bibliography / Bonnie Bullough, Vern L. Bullough, Barrett Elcano / Garland Publishing, 1981
R 31 B84 PCL Stacks
Contains approximately 5,000 entries of historical interest to the nursing profession. Variety of topics including nursing in literature, religious nursing, and uniforms. Cut off date is 1978.

Nursing Studies Index; prepared under the direction of Virginia Henderson
R 100 Y353 v. 1-4 PCL Stacks
"An annotated guide to reported studies, research in progress, research methods and historical materials in periodicals, books, and pamphlets published in English [1900-1959]" v.1 1900-1929, v.2 1930-1949, v.3 1950-1956, v.4 1957-1959. The scope of this includes national, international, and selected regional and local journals.

Who's Who in American Nursing
RT 25 U5 W482 6TH 1996-97 PCL Stacks
RT 25 U5 W48 4TH 1990-1991 v.1&2 PCL Stacks

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Health Apps

Diagnosaurus—1000+ differential diagnoses
First Consult—relates to MD Consult database
Medical Spanish
mTBI Pocket Guide "provides care providers with a comprehensive, quick reference that includes clinical practice guidelines for assessing and treating service members and Veterans who have sustained a mild TBI."
Patient Tracker "is an iPhone and iPod touch app that helps doctors and nurses track information about their patients... Store history & physical (H&P) and notes for each patient."
PubMed on Tap or PubMed on Tap Lite (FREE)
ReUnite "is an app for uploading missing and found person information for post-disaster family reunification..."
SOS—emergency care instructions for laypersons

Healthcare Websites

AMA DoctorFinder
American Hospital Directory
Grey Literature Reports from the New York Academy of Medicine
Hardin MD: Medical Picture Gallery—from the University of Iowa
HealthFinder The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion maintains this database of reliable health publications, clearinghouses, web sites, governement agencies, and non-profit agencies.
Health Resources and Services Administration Site for publications, resources, and referrals on health care services for low-income, uninsured individual,s and those with special health care needs.
HIV InSite, "Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco"
Indexmedico is a comprehensive bilingual web dictionary of medical information.
Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing is "...a voluntary group made up of agencies and organizations concerned with providing library and informational resources for nursing and improving access to library services for all nurses."
Joanna Briggs Institute: Evidence Based Nursing
Martindale's Health Science Guide "Currently the Health Science Guide contains over 140,850 Medical Cases & Grand Rounds; 1,560 Courses/Textbooks; 67,800 Teaching Modules & Files; 550 Journals; 4,800 Databases, Atlases & Image Databases; & 1,000's of Videos/Movies"
Mayo Clinic
MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on more than 500 diseases and conditions. Also includes lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
The Merck Manuals are well known guides for concise summary information concerning diseases and their treatments.
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey "is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage."
Medscape has FREE CNE and medical news.
OncoLink contains information on cancer research and treatment, from Univ. of Pennsylvania.
PubMed for Handhelds
RxList Internet Drug Index , Health & Medicine resources
USP (U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention) is "the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and other healthcare products manufactured and sold in the United States."

International and U.S. Information

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is "the Nation's lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), from the FDA
Dept. of Health and Human Services
National Cancer Institute
National Conference of State Legislatures is a great site for information on state health legislation.
National Council of the State Boards of Nursing
National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology improves "..the collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and dissemination of information on health services research, clinical practice guidelines, and on health care technology, including the assessment of such technology."
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Electronic Research Administration provides information about grants and other financial resources.
National Library of Medicine
Office of Human Subjects Research
Office for Human Research Protections Health & Medicine Resources
World Health Organization



American Association of Retired Persons
American Hospital Association
American Medical Association
American Public Health Association
Center for Health Care Strategies
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
Medical Library Association
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
National Health Information Center
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Society of Clinical Research Associates


American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN)
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Nurses Association (ANA)
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
American Association of Nurse-Anesthetists (AANA)
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
American Holistic Nurses Association
American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
The Australian Nursing Federation
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HNA)
Infusion Nurses Society (INS)
National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON)
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of School Nurses, Inc.(NASN)
National Institute for Nursing Research
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.(NCSBN)
National League for Nursing
National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA)
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
Sigma Theta Tau International
Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN)
Texas Board of Nursing
Texas Nurses Association