Discussion: Nursing Health Sciences Resources
Discussion: Nursing Health Sciences Resources
GCU library has many 92 databases that allow access to thousands of full text journals and articles. The two main databases that I believe will help me find the best research articles to support my EBP proposal are as follows:
- ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source – if offers a wide range of materials in nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine and the likes. It has over 860 titles in full text and over 12,000 full text dissertations indicative of arduous nursing scholarships. Additionally, gives access to online reference books, training tools and evidence-based nursing material from The Joana Briggs Institute. It’s a good source for training videos and cultural reports that helps with crating a better understanding about patient care.
- CINAHL Complete – is one of the strongest databases for nursing. It offers research tools and access to nursing and allied journals. It is comprised of more than 1300 journal titles and covers over fifty specialties in nursing. In addition, it offers continuing education modules, research instruments and evidence-based care sheets
While Google definitely provides a wealth of information, this sometimes isn’t worth spending the time sifting through the data. It doesn’t offer all the information that students are looking for and information found there may not be very reliable. It makes your question that quality and the authenticity of the information from search engines such as this one. Scholarly resources are best to use in research as it provides solid and reliable information.
Grand Canyon University (2017). Nursing Health Sciences Resources. Retrieved from
Within the GCU Library there are many databases available to help with research particularly as it relates to nursing.
First there is the PubMed database. This database includes over 20 million literature resources including health care, nursing, psychology and other health sciences (GCU, 2019). This website is great because it is maintained by three large entities the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In order for an article, book or other media to be published in this database these three entities must approve it first. This means that the information contained on this database will be more reliable than with google scholar or a general internet search.
Another database available on the GCU library is the Cochrane Library. This database has the benefit of containing six separate databases that are all reliable an have evidence based information. One for the six databases is the leading source of systematic reviews used in healthcare. This is a tremendous resource available to the students of GCU.
The two databases I have used while at GCU are CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health) Complete and Cochrane Library. I was introduced to them during my Introduction to nursing research class. These databases were found to be a great resource in the evidence-based research this class required. The CINAHL Complete is most helpful for nursing, sciences, health care administration, counseling and psychology. This site also has an evidence-based care sheet that includes 150 different diseases/conditions, that summarizes what is known and the latest treatments. I have also seen diagnosis codes including ICD-9 and ICD-10 on them. Cochrane library is “considered the gold standard for determining the relative effectiveness of different interventions” (Cochrane Library, 2019). It involves regular up to date evidence-based research that collects and analyze different trials regarding a particular subject. It will also give recommendations for treatment based on these findings.
Scholarly resources are known as academic or peer-reviewed sources that are the most up to date information. For these reasons they are much more reliable than Google or general Internet search. They are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars, in the language of the discipline, per reviewed before publication, and always includes citations. Non-scholarly resources include information written by journalist or writers with a general audience in mind, non-technical language, no review by peers, and rarely if any citations (How Do I Decide if a Source is Scholarly n.d.). Grand Canyon University offers their students several databases they can choose from to complete their work worry free. This is one more resource I feel GCU offers to ensure their students succeed.
Cochrane Library. (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/cochrane-library