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BSN Year One & Two Nursing

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  • Original, primary, and historical documents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

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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. 

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If you do not see a full-text option, click the 'Request this item' link. The system will auto-fill a form with information about the item for you to easily request it from another library. InterLibrary Loans (ILLs) are free for students and employees of OC.  If you cannot get your article using a database, complete the auto-filled form or a blank form and library staff will get it from another library. Articles are usually sent by e-mail.


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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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.

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