Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the research process. They can help you:
- Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research
- Locate reliable sources and clarify keywords
- Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and keywords about the research area. Knowing what the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot
as you are searching library databases and online sources.
Health Reference Center Academic
Discover periodicals and reference book content designed for nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers.
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Davis's Drug-Free Guide
Delivers up-to-date, comprehensive, and practical information on over 5,000 trade name and generic drugs. This powerful resource contains everything you
need to provide premium care to your patients including information on dosing and administration, safety, interactions, patient teaching, and much more.
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Ovid Nursing Books
An up-to-date collection of electronic nursing reference books such as Nursing Care Plans & Documentation, I.V. Therapy Drug Handbook, Nursing
Diagnosis, Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests, and more.
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Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
Contains detailed definitions for more than 65,000 medical terms.
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
CQ Researcher is the perfect answer for people who need a place to begin research on current topics. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, this
weekly publication covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues,
bibliographies, and more. Users may browse through articles in the current issue or search for past articles using words, dates, or other criteria. The CQ
Researcher is the only publication that delivers in-depth original reporting week in and week out on the topics that affect you and the world around
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Credo Reference is multi-publisher collection of high-quality reference titles covering everything from the arts to astronomy, law to literature, and
science to Shakespeare. The collection currently contains over 162 titles taken from 36 different reference publishers and more titles are being added.
Available titles also include a range of multimedia options including thousands of high-quality diagrams, photographs, maps, and audio files.
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Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research. They will help you to gain an overview of your topic and often contain in-depth information
about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors, while others include essays or chapters by multiple
scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t need to read them from cover to cover. Look at the
table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.
Find Books Using GriffinSearch
You can use GriffinSearch to find print and e-books available through Giovale Library. To get started, search by keyword or type in the title of a book
WorldCat.org lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other materials that are available in libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth
research on a topic and are considering requesting resources through interlibrary loan, WorldCat can help you discover resources that might not be in the
Giovale Library collection.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
InterLibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials, and access journal articles that are owned by another
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster College students have reciprocal circulation privileges at
UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has different circulation policies, but all require a
current, valid, legal photo identification and proof of current enrollment at Westminster. Some libraries may also require other verification methods, so it
is recommended that you contact the member library you are interested in for details.
Utah Academic Library Consortium
Popular Titles and Featured Texts
Foundations of Professional Nursing: Care of Self and Others
The Essence of Nursing Practice: Philosophy and Perspective
Global Health Nursing in the 21st Century
Achieving Competencies for Nursing Practice: A Handbook for Student Nurses
Browse the Print Collection
The Giovale Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system, which divides collections into 21 basic classes using single letters of the
alphabet. These classes also hold subclasses which allows the library to implement more specific classes to make it easier for patrons to find materials.
Medicine books can be found under the broad classification R. However, medicine is fairly broad so to narrow the collection to specifically nursing
materials, we use the sub-classification RT. These books can be found on the north end of the top floor of the library.
The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal articles on topics within a specific discipline or
field of study. The databases listed on this page are those that are most useful for finding research published in nursing.
GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other material available in the library. In addition to
searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases.
CINAHL – Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature
CINAHL with Full Text provides full text for the top nursing and allied health literature available and covers a wide range of topics including nursing,
biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines. This full-text resource
features publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. In addition, it provides access to health care books,
nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters, and more.
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences,
and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses (MeSH) indexing with tree numbers, tree hierarchy, and explosion capabilities to
search abstracts from over 4,000 current biomedical journals. Included are citations from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index, Index to Dental
Literature, PREMEDLINE, AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, and HealthSTAR.
PubMed is the freely accessible version of MEDLINE and is the NLM's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry,
veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than
4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960s.
Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.
The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465–1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform
healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.
ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters. Journals are guided by eminent editorial boards and
articles are rigorously peer-reviewed. Books on ScienceDirect cover 24 subject collections across disciplines such as biochemistry, genetics and molecular
biology, chemistry, clinical medicine, engineering, and environmental science.
Nursing & Allied Health Collection
Provides access to authoritative content supporting nursing professionals already working in the field, as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused
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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators with access to full-text
scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It provides indexing, abstracts, and full-text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals,
many of which are peer-reviewed.
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Find Career Help
These sources help nursing students find resources for career and professional certificate help.
LearningExpress Library offers free workplace resources such as preparatory licensing exams for the NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN. Register for a free
account using your Westminster email as your username.
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Vocational and Career Center
Provides full-text coverage of trade and industry periodicals in professional fields such as management, nursing, advertising, and information technology
along with many others.
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Vault Career Library
Vault's Career Library features in-depth intelligence on what it’s like to work within an industry, company, or profession. This is a joint
subscription between the Giovale Library and Career Resource Center.
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NURSING, Second Edition: The Ultimate Study Guide
This is the ultimate, all-in-one study guide to the core information nursing students need for success in all of their foundational courses. This is a
small study guide that packs a big punch. This guide is also a great tool for new nurse graduates. Presented in a well-organized and easy-to-read style, it
contains everything a nursing student needs to know from the first nursing course through the last.
NURSING, Second Edition
Clinical Nursing Leader Certification Review, Second Edition
The resource mirrors the format of the AACN exam and continues to cover all aspects of the current test, providing detailed information on taking the
exam, how to analyze and interpret exam questions, basic test-taking skills, questions to stimulate critical thinking, a sample exam with answers and
rationales, and content review of everything you need to know to succeed on the exam. The review not only helps individuals preparing for the exam, but also
provides strategies to help groups make the best use of the book. It offers direction for faculty who are designing review courses and serves as a valuable
resource during the CNL program itself.
Clinical Nursing Leader Certification Review
Citing your sources helps you avoid plagiarism and shows that you’ve done research to become knowledgeable about your topic. Proper citations allow
your readers to track down your sources and help them understand how your research is connected to the work of others in your field. On this page, you will
find guides and tools to help you format citations, and you will learn about what constitutes plagiarism.
How to Cite Sources
With all of the many ways that you can plagiarize someone’s work, either accidentally or on purpose, how can you make sure that you’re citing
your sources correctly each and every time? One way is to become familiar with reputable sources that will help you learn or confirm that how you are citing
your source is correct.
PurdueOWL contains writing guides, grammatical rules, and citation help that will
assist with many writing projects.
Zotero is the ideal tool to gather, analyze, and document all of your sources.
It is compatible with GriffinSearch and other library databases, allowing you to save citations and articles while you research. Visit the
Zotero website to find out more, or stop by the library for some help getting started.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism means taking someone else’s work or ideas and trying to pass them off as your own. Plagiarism can either be intentional
or unintentional, and even the most careful writer could accidentally plagiarize without fully knowing it. For example, did you know that
it is plagiarism even if you misattribute a quote to the wrong author? Even if you cited the source and took care to put it in your bibliography,
if the wrong person received credit for someone else’s work, it can still be considered plagiarism. Other forms of plagiarism include:
- Copying and pasting someone else’s work and turning it in as your own
- Using a quote from someone without giving them credit
- Not putting a quotation in quotation marks
- Changing a few words here and there, but keeping the main ideas of a sentence without giving credit to the original author
- Copying pictures from Google or another website to use without saying where you found the image
Of course, all of these scenarios of potential plagiarism can be avoided by knowing how to properly cite your sources.