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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Practical Nursing subject guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.

The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.

The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for nursing, including some tutorials for these resources.

Let's get started!

Evaluating information

Citing sources (APA style)

There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments, but science and medical writing usually requires APA (American Psychological Association) style. The Purdue Online Writing Lab has an excellent guide to using APA style, with lots of examples:

You can also go straight to the source:

Our catalog and databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select APA style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!

Avoiding plagiarism

Writing help

In the Library



We have lots of books about nursing in our collection. Many of these are shelved in the RT call number range, but you'll find books about medicine and specific medical practices spread throughout the R ranges and anatomy and physiology books in the QM and QP ranges. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of our books about nursing:

Course resources

Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books for Practical Nursing courses include Understanding Medical Surgical Nursing, Neeb's Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing, and Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care. Books on reserve must be used in the Library, except with permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Ask a librarian if you're looking for one of these.

Online Resources

Online reference

Reference books and online resources like Access Science, Britannica Academic, Gale eBooks, and Salem Online are great for improving your background knowledge on almost any topic. These resources also provide images and videos, which you can use to liven up your papers and presentations.

Access Science

Access Science covers all kinds of health related topics, from addiction to zoonoses.


Salem Online

Our Salem Health collection includes these titles:

  • Addictions, Substance Abuse & Alcoholism
  • Adolescent Health & Wellness
  • Aging
  • Autoimmune Diseases Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Cancer
  • Community & Family Health Issues
  • Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Diabetes Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Genetics and Inherited Conditions
  • Infectious Diseases & Conditions
  • Integrative, Alternative & Complementary Medicine
  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Obesity & Eating Disorders Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Principles of Health: Allergies and Immune Disorders
  • Principles of Health: Anxiety and Stress
  • Principles of Health: Depression
  • Principles of Health: Diabetes
  • Principles of Health: Nursing
  • Principles of Health: Obesity
  • Principles of Health: Pain Management
  • Principles of Health: Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Psychology & Behavioral Health
  • Women’s Health


There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.


EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles. One of these databases, CINAHL Complete, provides full-text articles from more than 444 non-open access nursing and allied health journals.
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles. One of these databases, Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health, offers more than 10 million full-text articles, many of which are only cited in CINAHL.
PubMed Search more than 30 million citations from biomedical and life science sources with PubMed. Some citations include links to full-text content.
Google Scholar Search and explore scholarly literature with Google Scholar. Some citations include links to full-text content.


Please visit the Library or e-mail if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete features full-text articles from more than 400 nursing and allied health journals and indexing for more than 6,200.

Basic searching tutorial

Advanced searching tutorial

Other CINAHL tutorials

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health offers more than 10 million full-text articles, many of which are only cited in CINAHL. Coverage includes nursing.

Video tutorial for Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Premium

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Premium

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Premium offers articles from more than 700 scholarly journals, more than 350 clinical training videos, reference materials, and evidence-based resources for nursing and allied health topics.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition offers full-text articles from hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, covering pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law, and more.

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness offers access to thousands of full-text medical periodicals, reference works, and multimedia.

Video tutorials:
Gale Health and Wellness - For Higher Ed Users
Gale Health and Wellness - Finding Trustworthy Medical Information

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library is an outstanding resource for academic and career development with hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks.

The Career Preparation center includes an ebook and a practice exam to help you prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam. You'll also find ebooks to help you with your job search, interviewing, networking, and workplace skills.

NCLEX-PN: Power Practice

Selected ebooks

Here are just a few of the ebooks about nursing you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:


RC440 Neeb's Mental Health NursingNeeb's Mental Health Nursing, 5th ed.
Linda M. Gorman and Robynn Anwar, 2019


RT41 Lippincott Nursing ProceduresLippincott Nursing Procedures, 8th ed.
Lippincott, 2019


RT57 Lippincott Visual Nursing Lippincott Visual Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Diseases, Skills, and Treatments, 3rd ed.
Debra Kantor, 2019


RT68 Numeracy and Clinical Calculations for NursesNumeracy and Clinical Calculations for Nurses, 2nd ed.
Neil Davison, 2020