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Nursing Databases

Below are selected nursing databases to search in completing your assignment.  Click on the database name to be directed to the database. 

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • ScienceDirect - All Subscribed Content (Elsevier)
    ScienceDirect contains over 25% of the world's science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)
    This resource provides more than 580 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong, including full text from Clinical Nursing Research, Creative Nursing, Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Child + Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Nursing Diagnosis, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Forum, Nursing Inquiry, Nursing Management, Patient Care for the Nurse Practitioner, Western Journal of Nursing Research, and many more.
  • Wiley Online Library

Search Tip - Terms

Use the CINAHL Headings tab at the top of the search screen for guidance on search terms. 

Type in "Alternative Therapies" for a list of subject terms that can be used in your search for articles.


Welcome Nursing 27500 Students!


This guide will provide information for students enrolled in Nursing 27500 on how to access and use library resources to locate research articles on alternative therapies.  Click on the tabs at the top of the page for information. 


How to Identify Research Articles

A review of the abstract and text of an article will provide important information of assistance in identifying it as a research article. 

Look for the following headings:






Data Collection

Data Analysis


It is important to be able to distinguish whether the author is reporting on the findings of his or her study (original research). 

If the author of the article is only conducting a literature review of other studies, or the article is a systematic review or meta-analysis, this is not an original research article.


Finding Research Articles

There are some databases which allow you to limit your results to research articles.  Even when limiting your results to research articles, it is important to read the content of the article to make sure it qualifies as an original research article. 

For example, in CINAHL, you can select the "Publication Type" limiter to designate "Research," which will retrieve any type of research article.  (Systematic Reviews are included in the "Research" publication type, so it is important to review the abstract to determine if it is a systematic review, which will not qualify as an original research article).

If you would like a specific type of research article, you can select "Clinical Trial" or "Randomized Controlled Trial."



Purdue Northwest Library has now upgraded our CINAHL database to CINAHL Complete.  This upgrade includes expanded content and a higher percentage of full-text articles.  Explore this powerful tool for nursing research!  

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