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Find articles in Nursing journals by topic

To find articles by topic, search by keyword in one of the library's nursing-related research databases. These databases index articles in a large number of nursing and medical journals by topic, and allow you to search for articles by keyword. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to enter your Salve username and password.

CINAHL Complete      See also: In-depth CINAHL searching guide

Search & read full articles for many nursing journals.

  • If you are not sure of the correct terminology for your research topic, try using the CINAHL Headings link to look up your topic. This link is located along the top of the screen in the blue bar.
  • Important search limiters available in CINAHL: Full text - limits your search to articles where the complete article will be available directly in CINAHL. Peer reviewed - limits your search to articles that come from scholarly academic journals. 
Nursing Full Text PLUS (from OVID) (Please note this database has a 4 user at a time limit. Please LOGOUT when you are done searching.)
A collection of full-text online nursing journals hosted by Ovid.
  • For best results, use Multi-field search. Combine keywords with AND. Scroll down the page to find your search results. Click the PDF link to view full article.
Science Direct        See also: Science Direct searching guide
Contains a large collection of full-text science, technology, medicine, and nursing journals.
  • Go to Advanced Search.
  • In the results list, click on the PDF link under the article to pull up the full-text.
PubMed Central
A digital archive of life sciences journal literature, developed and managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Additional databases:

Contains more than 25,000 full-text articles from 42 journals published by American Psychological Association. Coverage includes general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology.

Sage Journals Online
Includes over 460 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Includes nursing journals such as Nursing Science Quarterly, Journal of Research in Nursing, Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

AltHealth Watch
A full-text and image database comprised of publications focused on the area of complementary and alternative approaches to health.

Find Books

Library catalog

Call numbers on most nursing & medical topics start with R. Books with R-RZ call numbers which are in the Salve Main Collection are located on the 3rd floor. Call numbers group books together by subject.

Call numbers for Nursing:

R       Medicine (General)


RA    Public Aspects of Medicine


RB    Pathology


RC    Internal Medicine         


RD    Surgery         


RE    Ophthalmology         


RF    Otorhinolaryngology


RG    Gynecology and Obstetrics         


RJ    Pediatrics


RL    Dermatology


RM  Therapeutics. Pharmacology


RS    Pharmacy and Materia Medica


RT    Nursing


          48             Nursing assessment
          48.5          Diagnostic techniques. Laboratory tests.
          48.6          Nursing diagnosis
          49             Nursing care plans
          49             Nursing records. Charting
          49.5          Computer applications
          55             Problems, exercises, examinations
          65             Medicine and surgery for nurses
          74.7          Preceptorships in nursing education
          75             Graduate nursing education
          76             Continuing nursing education 
          81.5          Research. Experimentation
          82             Nursing as a profession 
          82.8          Nurse practitioners
          84.5          Philosophy of nursing.  Nursing models
          85             Nursing ethics
          85.2          Religious aspects
          85.5          Standards for care
          86.3          Nurse and patient
          86.54        Transcultural nursing
          86.7          Practice of nursing. Economics
          87.N87       Nutritional care. Feeding patients
          87.P35       Pain
          89             Nursing administration
          90             Teaching. Patient teaching. Nursing education
          90.3          Health Promotion. Health education
          97             Public health nursing
          98             Community health nursing
          120.C45     Chronic diseases
          120.E4       Emergency nursing
          120.F34     Family nursing
          120.H65     Home nursing
          120.I5       Intensive care
          120.L64     Long-term care facilities
          120.O9      Outpatient facilities
          120.R4       Rehabilitation

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Reference sources

Online reference books such as encyclopedias & dictionaries:

Salem Health - online encyclopedias on medical and health topics

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