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Nursing: Getting Started

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How to Use This Guide

On each page of this guide you'll find web-based and print resources, plus tips on how to get the most out of them.  Many resources and topics overlap, and when you see a resource on multiple pages that means it's a versatile title.

This Getting Started page offers tips on developing a topic and resources for getting to know Nursing topics and concepts.

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Library Search

Search articles, journals, books, media, and more

Databases for Nursing

Getting to Know Your Topic

These background & reference sources will give you contextual information and answer straight-forward questions.

Books: In-depth Information on Your Topic

More on Your Topic

Get to know your topic even better by exploring these titles, or browse all of Simmons'
Reference Books on Nursing.

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Coming Up With A Topic

Developing search terms for a topic can be challenging, so here are a few places to look for ideas:

  • Course readings
  • Article abstracts
  • Current events
  • Background and reference sources

Any of these will give you hints about topics you're interested in, and words you can use to search for more information on them.

Other Useful Resources

It's important to closely evaluate health-related resources on the Internet.  These are a few high-quality sources to get you started.