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Health-Specific Library Research Guides help you navigate available resources with guidance from your Health Sciences Librarians.

Self-Paced Nursing Tutorial

An online instructional tool to orient users to the NYU virtual environment: books, databases, articles, more.

Health: (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health)

Guide to locating health evidence, link to “Background” (Ebooks/Texts) and “Foreground” Studies (Articles/Databases).

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Using Web-Scale Discovery Tools in the Health Sciences

Many searchers ask about the efficacy of using Web Scale Discovery (WSD) tools to search the health sciences literature.  You may have noticed that NYU promotes EDS (Ebsco Discovery Service) on our main databases page.

Should you use this tool?

  • For most keyword searches in the health sciences, many thousands of hits are retrieved.  For a very obscure, very new, or very narrow topic, the results may be useful and manageable, as in the following examples:
    • Example: I am seeking an Author, Valeria Esquivel, 17 results on 12/2/2016.
    • Example: I am seeking an article with a known Title phrase: “hills are alive with the sound of music”  205 results on 12/2/2016.
    • Example: I know Kovner published about “novice nurses” in a scholarly journal in 2016. A search: Kovner novice nurses 2016 limited to scholarly journals= 28 hits on 12/2/2016.
  • The EDS tool lacks the filtering functionality of CINAHL, Pubmed, PsycINFO and others (the ability to limit by study methodology, e.g., a clinical trial, an RCT or systematic review, etc.). A keyword search might  retrieve highly relevant hits on the first few pages of results, but a comprehensive search of the evidence for a topic leaves the searcher wondering what might be buried or missing in the next thousands of results!
  • The EDS tool does some mapping to standard vocabularies, but novice searchers often use one search term when they should consider synonyms. Specialized health sciences databases assist searchers to translate synonyms.
  • No single search tool or database is comprehensive. While EDS promises to search among “more than 7 million+ scholarly journals, magazines, news & more,” like googlescholar or google it doesn’t include every published source.  Always use several databases, and of course, ask a librarian for help.
  • The best strategy is to go ahead and try it! But use web-scale discovery tools as an adjunct to a more rigorous and tailored search in specialized recommended core databases linked here.

What is Nursing Reference Center (NRC)?

Licensed for nyu.edu  account holders,
NRC
provides a user-friendly “point-of-care” resource intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. NRC aggregates the most recent clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases via a nursing-specific graphical interface. NRC is accessible from a patient’s bedside, nursing station, kiosk, office, or home. Clinical care data included in NRC consists of:

  • CINAHL Nursing Guide –Over 3,500 evidence-based lessons on procedures, diseases and conditions, legal cases and drugs.
    • 2,700+ Care Sheets and Lessons
    • 700+ Legal Cases
    • 300+ Research Instruments
    • 500+ Continuing Education Full Text Documents
  • Patient Education – Over 4,000 Health Library documents available in both English and Spanish.
  • Link via desktop version to register for  instructions, authentication key and a link to download the app
    • SCROLL TO “NRC iPhone/iPod Touch Application”
    • Next, from your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, download the app, then register using the authentication key sent to your email. You have 24 hours to access the key from your device to authenticate the app. If the key is not used within 24 hours, it expires and will need a new key.