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!
Not everything you read online is true. Shocking, I know. Have you ever heard of the CRAAP test? A librarian developed this handy acronym to help you remember these things when evaluating information.
Currency: is this the most up-to-date information on my topic?
Relevance: does this information relate to my topic?
Authority: is the author qualified to write about this subject?
Accuracy: has this information been fact-checked?
Purpose: is this information objective, or is it biased?
Here are some useful guides to help you evaluate information you find on the web:
- CRAAP Detection: Criteria for Evaluating Information (Otis College of Art and Design)
- Evaluating Information (Johns Hopkins University)
- Evaluating Sources of Information (Purdue University)
- Evaluating Resources (UC Berkeley)
There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments. Your instructor will let you know whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or some other style. Here are some introductory guides to these styles from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:
- Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide
- Purdue OWL: Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition
- Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
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 the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!
"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."
This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. See how easy that was?
Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.
The Center for Student Success offers tutoring to all DCTC students, including help with writing your paper and citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting room 2-101.
Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.
The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.
Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.
If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.
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:
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.
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 covers all kinds of health related topics, from addiction to zoonoses.
Salem Online includes the following health related encyclopedias:
- Addictions, Substance Abuse & Alcoholism
- Adolescent Health & Wellness
- Community & Family Health Issues
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine
- Genetics and Inherited Conditions
- Infectious Diseases & Conditions
- Magill’s Medical Guide
- 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.
Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles. One of these databases, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, offers full-text articles from more than 370 nursing and allied health journals.
Please visit the Library or e-mail email@example.com if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.
Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health offers more than 10 million full-text articles, many of which are only cited in CINAHL. Coverage includes dentistry.
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 Interactive: Human Anatomy is a visual resource for exploring and learning about the human body. Users can zoom in and rotate virtual three-dimensional models of all of the systems and regions of the body. Detailed reference information accompanies the images.
- American Nurses Association
- Minnesota Board of Nursing
- Minnesota Licensed Practical Nurses Association
- National Association of Licensed Professional Nurses (NALPN)
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing
- National League for Nursing
- Physicians' Desk Reference / Prescribers' Digital Reference (PDR)
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 three practice exams 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.
Here are just a few of the ebooks about nursing you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:
Neeb's Mental Health Nursing, 5th ed.
Linda M. Gorman and Robynn Anwar, 2019
Lippincott Nursing Procedures, 8th ed.
Lippincott Visual Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Diseases, Skills, and Treatments, 3rd ed.
Debra Kantor, 2019
Cracking the Nursing Interview
Jim Keogh, 2017
Rural Nursing : Concepts, Theory, and Practice, 4th ed.
Charlene A. Winters, 2013