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Nursing Article Quick Search

Simultaneously search CINHAL, Health Source, Health Reference Centre, MEDLINE, and PubMed for articles.


Finding articles

Most of your research will require you to identify and locate peer reviewed journal articles.  Journal articles can be found by searching specialized databases such as the ones listed below.  

Some databases include links to the full text article (look for a pdf or html link).  If the article is not available in the database click on the Getit@BU icon to see if the article is available online through another Library database. More information on finding journal articles is available on the “Finding Articles” guide.


Citation Help

Selected Databases

  • CINAHL Complete  
    Articles about nursing, allied health, biomedical, and consumer health.
  • UpToDate  Icon
    Provides information on over 9500 clinical topics in 20 specialties.
  • Cochrane Library  Icon
    Contains evidence-based articles, reviews, protocols, clinical trials, technology assessments, and economic evaluations.
  • Nursing Procedures and Skills  
    Provides detailed descriptions of procedures that allows users to identify the procedure they need quickly and easily. Search by alphabetical list, browse by nursing or clinical category, or perform a search to identify a particular procedure.
  • Health Source: Nursing  
    Provides the full text of over 580 scholary journals across a variety of medical disciplines, with a strong focus on nursing and allied health.
  • MEDLINE with Full Text  Icon
    Full text of authoritative medical information from such fields as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and pre-clinical sciences.
  • PubMed
    Includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's.
  • HaPI - Health & Psychosocial Instruments  
    Comprehensive bibliographic database providing information about behavioral measurement instruments. Information in the database is abstracted from hundreds of leading journals covering health sciences and psychosocial sciences. Additionally, instruments from Industrial/Organizational Behavior and Education are included.
  • Nursing Streaming Videos  
    Includes 100 videos on topics ranging from assessment the newborn, preventing medication errors and wound care.
  • PubGet
    Pubget is a search engine for PDFs in the life sciences. Indexes nearly 20 million life science research documents, including those in PubMed®. Search it like you would PubMed or Google Scholar. The difference is Pubget gets you the PDF right away.
  • Alt-HealthWatch  
    Literature that focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
  • USP-NF Online  Icon
    A combination of two compendia, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the National Formulary (NF). It contains standards for medicines, dosage forms, drug substances, excipients, biologics, compounded preparations, medical devices, dietary supplements, and other therapeutics. Limited to one user at a time. For help, see the USPNF Guide
  • GoPubMed
    Alternate "shell" for searching PubMed and limiting/organizing/understanding the results. In results, click on the PMID to see abstract

Journals and articles

If you are interested in locating a particular journal you can browse the Libraries' collection of nursing journals.  You can also browse or search the complete list of the Libraries' electronic and print journal subscriptions.  If a journal article is not avaiable in the library you can request a copy through Inter-Library Loan/ILLiad


Inter-Library Loan (Illiad)

If you can not find the journal article or book you are looking for, either through or by searching the Library Catalog, you can request it by using ILLiad, the Inter-Libary Loan system.

ILLIad is simple to use - you follow the on-screen directions to set up an account with your PODs username and password. Once the account is set up, you can request books and articles we do not own using your account.

Material may be sent to you electronically or shipped in paper form, depending on the provider. Materials may arrive in a few days (such as electronic delivery), but can take up to two weeks. Notification will be sent via e-mail to your account.

Go to the InterLibrary Loan homepage for more information on Inter-Library Loan (such as policies, due dates, etc.)

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