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Helpful advice for ADN and LPN students' information research assignments..........
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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PLEASE NOTE: The databases in color are links to those that are particularly useful to your nursing assignments.


Access Science


Biographies Plus Illustrated

Business Source Premier

Career & Technical Education

Country Watch

CQ Researcher

CQ Weekly

Criminal Justice Periodical Index

EBSCO (general purpose)

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia of American Government

ERIC (education)

Facts on File

 General Science Full Text

 Grove Art Online       

 Health & Wellness Resource Center

 Health Source: Nursing

 History Reference Center

 History Resource Center

    LexisNexis Academic (general purpose, legal)

    Literature Online

    Literature Resource Center

    MedlinePlus (health – general purpose)

    Military & Government

    Morning Call

    NetLibrary (ebooks)

    New York Times (1851-2003)


    OCLC First Search (general purpose)

    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

    Professional Development (education)

    ProQuest  (general purpose)

    ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

    Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

    PubMed (health – professional level)

    Religion & Philosophy

    Safari Books Online


    Wall Street Journal



Databases: Definition, Location, Hints


An online database is a collection of information, such as periodical articles, that is searchable and available over the Internet.
  • Online databases give you the documents that match the words and conditions you specify.
  • Articles in them might be in their original electronic format or might have been published first in a paper issue, in which case their electronic form is considered a reprint.
  • Most of our library’s online databases are paid subscriptions; therefore, they are not part of the free World Wide Web. Off-campus, their use is limited to LCCC students and employees.


  • Often, the database provides the full text of a document.
  • For some documents, they provide only citations.
  • For other documents, they provide a citation plus an abstract.


  • Sometimes the databases contain other documents, such as book excerpts, government documents, television news transcripts, and photographs.


  • To determine if the full text of a particular periodical is available in one of our databases, go to the library’s website and click on Full-Text Periodicals: Electronic & Print.



·         At the library's website, click on Find Articles and More.



If the words you enter don't retrieve the documents you want:

  • Read the instructions on the search screen or help screen
  • Check your spelling. Online databases don’t have spell checking.
  • Substitute a synonym for your term.
  • Avoid using unnecessary words (Go to the Keywords page for more information.)
  • Click here for database descriptions.

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Basic Steps to Searching Online Databases


1)     Select the best database:


                           Find Articles and More  

                                               Database Descriptions


2)     Determine your search terms (a.k.a. subjects, descriptors, keywords, indexing terms), avoiding unnecessary words:

  • Select significant words that are likely to appear in your document. Avoid unnecessary words.
  • Write one or more sentences about your topic and then underline the important words.
  • Example: What kind of treatment is used for children who have asthma or bronchitis?






3)     Consider including relevant synonyms or related words in your search:

            asthma             bronchitis          respiratory diseases


4)     Determine any connectors (a.k.a. logical operators, search operators, boolean terms):

            treatment and  children  

                 results will contain:        all documents containing the words treatment and children


treatment or children

     results will contain:        all documents containing treatment or children or both terms


treatment and children and (asthma or bronchitis or respiratory disease*)

     results will contain:  treatment and children and either: asthma or bronchitis or

respiratory disease or respiratory diseases


5)     CInclude special characters (a.k.a. truncation, wild cards), if appropriate:

treatment and child* and (asthma or bronchitis)

            disease* à    disease, diseases

            Some databases use a + or ! instead of a *. Consult their help screens.


6)     Determine your limiters:

  • Search for your term in the full text of articles or just their citations and abstracts?
  • Search a particular publication? All publications? Only newspapers?
  • Search all dates or just a particular date, or a range of dates?

7)     Conduct your search: 

The database will find all documents (either full-text or just abstracts & citations) in its collection that match the criteria you set.


8)     View your results (a.k.a. citation list, browse screen, document list).     


9)     Evaluate your results:

  • Is the document relevant to your topic? Long enough?  Adequately complex?
  • Is it up-to-date, considering the topic? Information to treat a disease should be recent. A recent publication date might not be important for a report about the Revolutionary War.
  • Is it the correct type of publication? Should it be more scholarly? A primary (first hand account)?
  • Should the point-of-view be balanced or do you need someone’s opinion?
  • What do you know about the author’s credentials? Can you trust the information to be accurate?
  • Should the terms be revised and the search rerun? Can you substitute a synonym or related term? 

 10)     Print, save, or email your selections.

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Periodicals are
  • Publications (newspapers, magazines, trade publications, journals, etc.) issued at regular, or somewhat regular, intervals
  • Good sources of up-to-date information on a special topic
  • Published by university presses, government agencies, commercial publishers, private corporations, trade and professional associations, and others

    For more information, go to the Periodicals page.

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    STAT!Ref Tutorial

    Have you found a good resource in the STAT!Ref database and do you want keep searching in just it? Watch this brief tutorial to find out how to use the Search this Title button and get the results that you want! Click here for the brief Flash tutorial click here.




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