Sources for Statistics and Data

OECD Health Data

International Health Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Data & Statistics

Data, statistics, and other tools and resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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CDC - National Center for Health Statistics

Division of the CDC that collects and reports accurate health statistics for better policy-making. Resource also provides information about publications, budget, and employment.

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Research at Health and Human Services Operating Divisions

Tools and data from the Health and Human Services Operating Divisions for scientists, researchers, and the general public.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Research

Research findings, data and statistical tools, reports and publications from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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State Health Facts

Health Data for states compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics is responsible for data collection, health-related research, production of reports and maintenance of a comprehensive collection of health statistics.

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Registered Nurses - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career information including education requirements, median pay, and job outlook.

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National League for Nursing - Nursing Education Statistics and Data

Data about applications, admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates; a comprehensive demographic profile of the current student population documenting ethnic-racial identity, gender, and age.

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Anatomy and Physiology Tools

Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas

Includes over 5,000 interactive, medically accurate male and female anatomical structures— developed by medically trained medical illustrators and vetted by leading anatomists—covering systemic anatomy, regional anatomy, senses, muscle action, and 25 cross-sections.

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Visible Body Muscle Premium

Allows users to learn about muscles, their attachments, and their actions. Includes 3D versions of 20+ common pathologies, including sciatica, rotator cuff tear, shin splints, and more.

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Visible Body Physiology Animations

A comprehensive collection of nearly 70 high quality videos that illustrate and animate the core physiological processes of the human body.

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Useful References

Nursing Reference Center

Designed specifically for nurses, this resource provides evidence-based information for point of care, continuing education, nursing research and more. 

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Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

Resource for breastfeeding mothers about drugs and chemicals that may collect in breast milk and threaten the infant. The site references alternative therapeutics to some medications.

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Excelsior Online Writing Lab - APA Style

Online citation guide to APA style. Includes 6th and 7th edition material.

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The Guide to Community Preventative Services

The Community Guide is a website that houses the official collection of all Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based.

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Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

Students will learn how to form a research question, search existing literature, synthesize results and write the review.

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Open Access Repositories

The resources below are freely available databases that may include a variety of material: preprint (draft or preliminary) versions of articles, conference papers and/or posters, book chapters, white papers, and more. These repositories help speed up dissemination and enhance discoverability and access to early-stage scholarship across disciplines. 

It is important to note that these materials have likely not been edited or benefited from the pivotal role of peer-review, which validates and improves the quality of final published journal articles.

Medical Research Network (MedRN)

Repository for preprints in medicine; medical education; research on infectious diseases, illnesses, and health conditions; clinical practice, diagnostic assessments, diagnoses, treatments, and health outcomes.

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This box searches multiple ProQuest Nursing and Health Science Databases

Search Multiple Health Science Databases in EbscoHost

Search Multiple Health Science Databases in EBSCOHost

Search Individual Research Databases

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is a robust collection of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. A core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature. Full text coverage dates back to 1937.

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A good resource for full-text, peer reviewed articles. Research (primary sources), reviews (secondary sources), evidence based care sheets, and more. See Video Tutorials link below for database instructions.
Ovid Medline

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database/article index that contains over 27 million references to journal articles. More than 5,200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed. Covered are basic biomedical research and the clinical sciences, including clinical medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health and pre-clinical sciences as well as life sciences that are important to practitioners and researchers – biology, environmental science, biophysics, chemistry and plant & animal science.

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MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database/article index that contains over 27 million references to journal articles. More than 5,200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed. Covered are basic biomedical research and the clinical sciences, including clinical medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health and pre-clinical sciences as well as life sciences that are important to practitioners and researchers – biology, environmental science, biophysics, chemistry and plant & animal science. See Video Tutorials link below for database instructions
Ovid Emcare

Ovid Emcare includes nearly 5 million records of scholarly and peer-reviewed literature in nursing and allied health dating back to 1995, including abstracts. Subject coverage in clinical medicine, health professions, nursing, pharmacology and public health.

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- Over 3,700 international journals indexed and with no embargoes. - Includes Evidence Based Medicine. - Nearly 5 million records dating back to 1995 - Up to 250,000 record citations added each year - Comprehensive scope of international content: 50% of journals from North America, 40% from Europe; 10% from other regions; 9% of all records reference non-English articles, though most have English-language abstracts - 70% of records contain online abstracts See Video Tutorials link below for database instructions.
Sage Health and Nursing Hub

Browse or Search through Sage Health & Nursing Hub.  Resources include Journal Articles, Books, and Multimedia.

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UpToDate is an evidence based, peer reviewed, clinical decision support tool. Contains the equivalent of over 77,000 pages of original, peer-reviewed text; allows access answers to clinical questions quickly and easily; written, reviewed and continuously updated by over 5,100 physicians to synthesize all relevant information, including the latest evidence, and provide specific, practical recommendations for diagnosis and treatment; combines broad coverage of adult primary care, subspecialty internal medicine, ob/gyn, general surgery and pediatrics.

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UpToDate is a clinical decision support tool used by working professionals in clinical settings as well as researchers. Each article includes references with links back to the sources in the National Library of Medicine. UpToDate also includes patient handouts, comprehensive drug information, health related calculators, and drug interaction information. See Video Tutorials link below for database instructions.
Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The Cochrane Library includes the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers, and a federated search feature that incorporates results from external databases.

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R2 Library

Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. offers access to ebooks covering the subjects of Nursing, Medicine and Allied Health. Randall Library has purchased access to over 94 of the 150 titles in the R2 Library. There is also an A-Z Topic index and an A-Z Drug index in the database.

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A collection of Nursing, Medicine, and Allied Health e-books from Rittenhouse Book Distributors. You can browse by topic or search using keywords. Browsing or searching covers the entire selection of e-books that are part of the Randall R2 library. See Video Tutorials link below for database instructions.

Developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed is the most comprehensive biomedical research database, and a key resource used by scientists. Please see the PubMed Overview Sheet for Quick Tours.

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Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale OneFile)

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health includes full-text titles cited in CINAHL to support specialized care, treatment, and patient management. Nursing and Allied Health helps nursing professionals working in the field as well as students studying a nursing-focused curriculum.

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Google Scholar

Search engine for scholarly literature such as articles, papers, theses, books, and reports.

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Nursing & Allied Health Database (ProQuest)

This database offers comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine and more. Sources include journals, video, dissertations, reference books and more. Provides abstracting and indexing for more than 850 titles, with over 715 titles in full-text, plus more than 12,000 full text dissertations in nursing and related fields. Part of ProQuest Central.

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Web of Science

This collection of databases offers an integrated, versatile research platform, it delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as search and analysis tools that enhance this content. Includes Web of Science Core Collection, which consists of multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.

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This collection of databases delivers easy access to high quality, diversified scholarly information in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide.
Health and Wellness (Gale)

Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices, and more.

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ECRI Guidelines Trust

Non-profit, independent organization utilizing unbiased, evidence-based approach to develop guidance for health care providers. ECRI focuses on patient safety, evidence-based medicine, and technology decision support.

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Need Help With Researching?

Nursing Video Tutorials

Video tutorials for the databases on this page, as well as tips for researching.

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ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion contains more than 80 short videos are organized into nine Learning Modules that answer questions like "How do I choose a topic?" "Where do I find information?" and "How do I evaluate sources?" Different kinds of "pre" and "post" assessment questions make the viewing experience more interactive, while allowing educators to measure students’ learning and identify gaps in their understanding.

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Resources for Nursing Faculty

Navigating the Academic Publishing Landscape

Not sure where to send your article?  Questions about copyright, open access, predatory publishers?  This one-stop-shopping resource will help guide you through the decision making process.

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What's All This About Impact Factor?

Thirteen minute video tutorial about journal impact factor and other forms of bibliometrics.

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Systematic Review Searching Webinar - An Overview

Systematic Review Searching Webinar: An Overview

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Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews of Interventions

Planning a review, searching and selecting studies, data collection, risk of bias assessment, statistical analysis, GRADE and interpreting results.

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Searching for Research Instruments

Searching for Research Instruments

This video tutorial will show you how to search for Research Instruments using four different databases.  16 minutes.

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Having Trouble With Your PICO Search?

Are you having trouble formulating, or getting results for your PICO search?  You might find the Ovid Search Builder Tool helpful:




Suggested Books, Readings, and Videos

Nursing Education in Video: Third Edition

Nursing Education in Video: Third Edition is an up-to-date collection of demonstration and training videos designed to help students improve their clinical skills. This resource provides access to Medcom's complete collection of 300+ full-length training videos allowing for anytime, anywhere access to the latest resources available for nurse training. The third edition includes the videos available in the prior 2nd edition.

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Nursing Assessment in Video

Training videos from Medcom Trainex.  Each title features leading industry experts providing hands-on demonstrations and step-by-step instructions in key assessment areas. All content was produced since 2012, so the collection delivers accurate, up-to-date information.

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Nursing and Mental Health in Video

Features over 240 videos of the most common mental health disorders nurses may encounter – whether in a primary care setting, emergency room, medical, psychiatric or other.

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Some Practical Resources

LearningExpress Library Complete and PrepSTEP Academic

Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and ebooks for students and adult learners. Includes practices tests such as GED, GRE, SAT, TEAS, and supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass a high school equivalency test, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

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NCLEX and other reviews and nursing practice tests. Click on this link, type Nursing in the search box, choose your resource and simply follow the directions.
Best Practice Guidelines from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Sixty published guidelines to help professional nurses and students keep up with best practices.

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Just Because

Not necessarily school related, but you might find interesting.

TED Talk - Tribute to Nurses

TED Talk - Tribute to Nurses

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