Library Resources and Services for ORLN 5040, Methods in Nursing Research

| September 21, 2018

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Allan Weidenbaum’s course ORLN 5040, Methods in Nursing Research.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones thatNurse Executive 1 support  the aims of the course, i.e., to focus on “systems on research inquiry” and to include “an analysis of  hypothesis generation, study designs, and data collection methods with an emphasis on application to nursing practice.”  The guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Federated Search/Discovery Tools

Encyclopedias

E-Collections

Handbooks of Research and Practice

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.



Online Catalogs

EDUCAT – The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO – The union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries’ holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

WorldCat – The union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at worldcat.org.

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to nursing research and related subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Nursing — Research
  • Nursing — Research — Methodology
  • Nursing services — Administration
  • Qualitative research
  • Research — Methodology

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Periodical Indexes

APA PsycNET – Single search interface for PsycARTICLESPsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA (see E-Collections below).

Academic Search Premier – A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.  PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.  See also Academic Search Complete, a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.  The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

Biological Abstracts – An index with abstracts to periodicals in biology and the life sciences.  Provides access to biological and medical research findings, clinical studies, and discoveries of new organisms.  Coverage is international, and includes biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology, and pharmacology.

BioMed Central – Provides access to 207 open access biological and biomedical research journals, as well as current reports and meeting abstracts.  BioMed Central offers information about current controlled trials, as well as topics in modern biology.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text – The online version of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, providing full text for more than 750 journals indexed in CINAHL from 1981-present.  See also the version of CINAHL available from Columbia University Libraries, providing the option for simultaneous search of this database along with MEDLINE.

Cochrane Library – A collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making:  the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; the Cochrane Methodology Register; the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects; the Health Technology Assessment Database; and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database.  There is a a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

ERIC – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs.  In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text – Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retrospective – Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Education Research Complete – Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

MEDLINE – MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.  Our library makes the database available via the Ovid platform; ISI Web of Knowledge MEDLINE and Ebsco MEDLINE can also be accessed via the Columbia University Libraries website.

Professional Development Collection – Designed for professional educators, this database provides access to a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

ProQuest – Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly  journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.

PsycINFO – Covers the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Social Sciences Full Text – Provides coverage of English-language journals across social science disciplines, with indexing from 1983, abstracting from 1984, and select access to full text from 1984 to the present.

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Federated Search/Discovery Tools

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) – To search some or all of our periodical indexes, along with EDUCAT, simultaneously for books, book chapters, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (2nd Edition) – The 320 articles by 200 expert contributors in this 2012 publication include topics such as nursing services, electronic networks and technology, nursing education, nursing care, specialties in nursing, patients’ reactions and adjustments, historical, philosophical, and cultural issues, and nursing organizations and publications.

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (2nd Edition) – Provides more than 850 entries covering topics in nursing and allied health, including body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment.

Nursing Leadership:  A Concise Encyclopedia – This second (2012) edition of the work is intended “for nursing leaders, leadership organizations, nursing clinicians, and educators” and provides “descriptions of prominent individuals in nursing, information regarding nine leadership-related topics, and current trends in nurse leadership.”

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E-Collections

Ebook Central – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Education, MedicineScienceSocial Sciences, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

Health Reference Center Academic – Multi-source database providing access to full-text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources that offer reliable health information to researchers, including nursing and allied health students.

JSTOR – An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.  The most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are frequently not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.

PsycARTICLES – A full-text database of journals published by the American Psychological Association and other publishers in subject areas such as applied psychology, health, theory, research, social/personality, and more.

PsycBOOKS – A full text database of books published by the American Psychological Association, classic books, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

PsycEXTRA – A gray literature database comprising material written for professionals and disseminated outside of peer-reviewed journals; documents include newsletters, magazines, newspapers, technical and annual reports, government reports, consumer brochures, and more.

SAGE Knowledge – “A database of ebooks and reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American Studies, Aged & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology.”

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Handbooks of Research and Practice

Handbook of Clinical Nursing Research – This 1999 collection aims to provide “overviews, synopses, and critiques of the state of the science in nursing in areas that have evolved to guide practice. The content is divided into two sections.  Part I examines the theoretical and methodological issues, and Part II presents syntheses of defined areas of clinical nursing research . . .  Several criteria were used to select the areas of clinical research: (a) an identified body of research exists related to a specific clinical content area, (b) the clinical research area is central to the practice of nursing, and (c) substantiated findings are evident that allow for reliable use in nursing practice.”

Research in Nursing and Health:  Understanding and Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods – The second (2004) edition of this work “offers the reader a synopsis of research, appreciating both the science and art of inquiry. It is designed to present the basic elements of conducting and understanding nursing research using an expeditious and useful reference format.”  This volume is part of the Springer Series on the Teaching of Nursing, available through our library and Columbia University Libraries.

The Research Process in Nursing – The Seventh (2015) Edition of this text comprises 40 chapters divided into six major sections:  (1) Setting the Scene; (2) Preparing the Ground; (3) Choosing the Right Approach; (4) Collecting Data; (5) Making Sense of Data; and (6) Putting Research into Practice.

Wiley Online Library – Provides full text access to journals, reference works, books, and databases published by Wiley in all the science disciplines, including research handbooks and companions in Nursing, Dentistry, and Healthcare; Medicine; Psychology; and other subject areas.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Review of Nursing Research – An important scholarly publication covering diverse topics in nursing practice, available online from 2005 through 2017.

Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Medicine, Nutrition, Physiology, Public Health, and other subjects.

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Citation Indexes

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science – Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

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Digital Archives

Academic Commons – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive – A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge – The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library’s collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian a Question – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library’s Knowledge Database.

E-Reserves – Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery – The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

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