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NRS 410 Research and Evidence-Based practice: Nursing Databases & Books

Find Guidelines and Systematic Reviews


A free, comprehensive, medical journal literature database from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This link includes the Elmhurst College Find it! button, which will help users locate resources available through the College.  PubMed is available independent of Elmhurst College-based subscriptions. It includes multiple levels of evidence-based literature, and is an essential resource for Nursing research.

To see additional filters in PubMed, you must first perform a search. In the search results page, you'll see these limiters (more are available than what's visible). Useful categories to limit by would be:

  • Article types
  • Text availability
  • Journal categories
  • Publication dates

To see full text availability, click on an article citation and look for the Elmhurst College "FindIt" button in the upper right-hand corner. This button will open another screen and attempt to direct you to the Elmhurst-owned full-text article, if we have it. Also, the "LinkOut" feature can link to Elmhurst resources (but this feature does not automatically link you to the full-text; Elmhurst has to subscribe to the database).

  • In addition to the Pubmed database, you can also select "Books" from the list next to the search box to browse publications and materials not included in a standard PubMed search.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
The U.S. Department of Heath and Human Service's comprehensive public database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. There are links provided for full-text versions of guidelines, where available.

Primary Nursing Databases with EBL content

CINAHL Complete
Covers literature related to nursing, kinesiology, and allied health professionals. Provides full text for over 750 journals and indexing for nearly 5000 titles; plus legal cases, clinical innovations and trials, drug records, care sheets, and searchable cited references for more than 1350 journals.

To search for research articles published in nursing journals, scroll down to the "Limit your results" section, and consider the following limiters:

  • Published Date 
  • English Language 
  • Peer Reviewed 
  • Research Article 
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Any Author is a Nurse 
  • Journal Subset: Nursing
  • Geographic Subset: USA


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Contains selective full-text access to over 500 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines and includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide.

To look for research articles, you can add the following search phrases in a search box:

  • randomized controlled trials
  • quantitative research
  • research

Search for these terms as a subject using the drop down menu to the right of the search boxes. You can use multiple terms by separating them with the OR operator (in the box to the left of the search boxes).

MEDLINE with Full Text
A comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for more than 1,470 journals. Coverage back to 1949, includes searchable citations to more than 4800 current journals.

Click on the "Advanced Search" tab and scroll down to "Search Options"- set the following parameters:

  • Under the "Subject subset" menu select "Systematic Reviews" or... Under the "Publication type" menu select "Randomized Controlled Trial"


Nursing@Ovid Books Extended Core Collection
A collection of 38 electronic book titles in nursing, from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins publishers. All titles are also included in the I-Share catalog.

Other Related Databases

Covers professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas. There are 2,500 titles indexed, and linked full text is available.

Click on the "Advanced Search" tab and scroll down to "Search Options"- set the following parameters:

  • Under the "Methodology" menu select "Empirical Research" and/or "Mathematical Model".  (NOTE: Systematic Reviews can also be found here)

ScienceDirect College Edition (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Provides indexing to its entire library. In addition, there is access to full-text articles in over 350 psychology and social science journals for the most recent 5 years. Besides listing articles that are already in print, ScienceDirect also lists articles that are about to be published.

Although you can't specifically search for research articles, you'll want to limit your search search for full-text items we have access to. Limit your search on the Search tab to "Subscribed journals." 

Citation Linker

If you have a journal or book citation and you want to see if we have the full-text in print or electronic versions, click on the CitationLinker link.

On this screen, enter as much of the citation infomation as you can. If we have the book or journal in our collection, you'll be given a link to that item. 

Note- if we do not have the article, you can always order it via interlibrary loan.


Elmhurst I-Share Catalog

The catalog of the A.C. Buehler Library. Use this resource to find books, ebooks, journal titles, movies, and music owned by Elmhurst College, and information about items located in over 80 academic and research libraries in Illinois.