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Guide to library resources for nursing students

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Nursing Research Guide

Welcome to your library research guide for nursing students! This guide will help to introduce you to library resources you will need to successfully complete your course assignments. The guide contains information about how to find professional nursing journals, how to access and search the library's subscription databases, important links, and lists of information you will need.

Use the tabs along the top of the guide to navigate to other pages. Click the Database Tutorials tab above, to view videos and help sheets on database searching. Use our OneSearch discovery search box below, to search begin searching for books, articles, videos and more, all within one search interface!

Librarian Info

Kerri Killion-Mueller's picture
Kerri Killion-Mueller
Lee and Jim Vann Library
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
260-399-7700 ext. 6046



About OneSearch

OneSearch is the library's online catalog and discovery search interface. Use the search box above to enter a title, author, subject, or keyword you want to research. Your search results will include books, journals, DVDs and other materials in the library, along with journal articles, e-books, streaming media, and many more items which are available via our online catalog.

OneSearch will search catalogs worldwide and retrieve items that are available from other libraries. If we do not have what you are looking, you may be able to borrow it from another library within our consortium, or you may place an interlibrary loan request using ILL Express Request. 

For assistance with research or finding books and articles,  please call, text, or email us via our Ask A Librarian service.

Online Resources

Reading and critiquing a research article

Nurses use research to answer questions about their practice, solve problems, improve the quality of patient care, generate new research questions, and shape health policy. Nurses who confront questions about practice and policy need strong, high-quality, evidence-based research. Research articles in peer-reviewed journals typically undergo a rigorous review process to ensure scholarly standards are met. Nonetheless, standards vary among reviewers and journals. This article presents a framework nurses can use to read and critique a research article.

When deciding to read an article, determine if it’s about a question you have an interest in or if it can be of use in your practice. You may want to have a research article available to read and critique as you consider the following questions.

Kaplan, L. (2012). Reading and critiquing a research article - American Nurse Today. Retrieved May 20, 2015, from


OneSearch Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn more about OneSearch. 


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