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Practical Nursing: Articles

This guide will help students with Practical Nursing research in the OC Library collection and on the Internet.


JournalsJournals are like magazines except the articles are written by researchers.Peer-reviewed journals have articles checked for accuracy and reliability by other scholars and experts in the field.

Databases provide access to articles that are unavailable on the open Internet. Article databases contain both popular & scholarly articles, and they are used to find journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Although they deliver content online, they are paid for through library subscriptions. Some databases only include descriptions (citations and/or abstracts) of articles with "Where can I get this?" links, whereas other databases contain links to the full text of the article. 


Strategies for finding articles:

  • Use OCtopus for a 'Google-like' experience
  • Use a specific database, such as CINAHL, that will only contain information related to your subject area.
  • Search within a relevant journal. For example, if you want sources on culture, searching within a journal such as "Canadian Nurse", would help focus a search.

Articles from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and other publications can be found in indexes and databases. OC Library subscribes to more than 100 article databases that are not available on the free web.

Find specific electronic journals related to Nursing.

Browse e-journal titles to find articles

Use information from a citation to locate a specific article (such as from a reference list)


Use article reference lists to find other similar articles

Use database limiters, such as date or resource type, to get fewer, more focused search results

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Why Use Databases?

The open Internet only holds a small percentage of the information stored online. Using Library sources gives you access to private information, such as:

  • Book content
  • Original, primary, and historical documents
  • Subscribed content
  • Copyright protected material

Find the Full-Text

HTML Full Text    PDF Full Text

Many databases contain the entire text (full text) of articles. If you see HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text, click the link to go to the full-text of your article.

Don't forget! Double-check all the citation information you need for referencing (author, title, journal, volume, issue, publication info, etc.) is with the full-text. 

Where Can I Get This?

If you do not see a full-text option, click the Full Text Finder link. The system will try to find your article in another OC Library database. If it finds the article, click on the article link for the full-text.

The system may indicate that the journal or magazine is located in OC Library. Print journals or magazines are shelved alphabetically by title in each campus library periodical collection. If the print journal or magazine is not in your campus library or in storage it may be requested.

If your article is not available in full-text from another OC Library database or in the OC Library, you may check for it in other libraries and request it.

Inter-library Loan

InterLibrary Loans (ILLs) are free for students and employees of OC.  If you cannot get your article using a database, fill out the form and library staff will get it from another library. Articles are usually sent by e-mail.

Find Articles

Key Databases:

Other Databases:

Tip: Many article databases help you draft citations when you print, save or email them. ALWAYS double check the citations created by databases against the appropriate style guide.

Key Journals & Magazines

Browse these journals and  professional magazines for current information in your field.

Indigenous Nurse (former title: Aboriginal Nurse)
Nursing (2002 -   )
Remember many e-journals are licensed by OC Library for student and employee use.  You may be prompted to login to authenticate as an OC user.

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