Below is a list of recommended databases that are helpful in the fields of nursing, psychiatry/psychology, and allied health. Depending on your research topic and type of research (e.g., DNP project, manuscript, etc.), you may need to use more than one database. Our recommendations for conducting nursing research is to use always use the PubMed and CINAHL databases.
Each of these databases incorporates its own subject headings, such as MeSH for PubMed, and uses a different syntax for keyword searching. Developing search strategies and identifying appropriate MeSH terms can be tricky. The LRC Reference department (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to help you formulate your search strategies.
PubMed is the world's largest database of bibliographic citations produced by the National Library of Medicine. It contains over 32 million biomedical journal citations that span from the 1940s to the present. To limit your search to nursing-specific articles, we suggest the following:
Note: [tw] searches for the term in the title, abstracts or for the author's keywords.
CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing & Allied Health Literature) includes more than 4.1 million records dating back to 1937.