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Suggested Search Terms

Nursing     Nursing Assessment     Nursing Care     Nursing Care Plans     Nursing Education     Nursing Ethics     Nurse Anesthetists

Nurse Practitioners     Nurse-Patient Relations     Nursing Students     Nursing Services     Family Nursing     Geriatric Nursing

Evidence-based Nursing     Primary Care Nursing


Books and DVDs

Visit our Online Catalog to find printed books and DVDs in the library.

Type in your keywords or pick author or title or subject from the drop-down list, and get a list of titles. Click Availability to see which campus has the item, which collection it is in, and if the item is available for check out. The call number tells you where the item is located on the shelf. 

  • Nursing books are spread throughout the R's, but are heaviest in the RM-RT range.
  • Most medical resources are in the R-RZ range.
  • See QH and QM-QZ for biology and physiology.


Databases* (Online Articles, Streaming Video, Online Resources)

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) 

Access journal articles by entering your keyword(s) into the Search box.  CINAHL also lets you set search options, such as publication dates and type, journal, peer-reviewed content, and language. Click the Advanced Search link to receive a drop-down menu with even more search options. 

  • Mobile Version of CINAHL Select CINAHL with Full Text, click Continue and then enter your keyword(s) in the search box. 


Salem Press

Use a single word or phrase as a keyword search.  Select Health or General Health to find articles on topics of genetics and inherited conditions, psychology and mental health, and cancer. 


Academic OneFile

Search by combining concepts. Select the Advanced link or search icon located on the right side of the search box. Enter your topic into the first search box and Nursing in the second search box to combine a search of both terms. Another good tactic is to use a wildcard: type the beginning of your search term and enter an asterisk as a wildcard to find all the various forms of a word.  For example, nurs* would find nurse, nurses, nursing, and so forth.  (Be aware it may also find unrelated terms, like nursery.)  Use the boxes in the advanced search to combine nurs* with your topic, then click on the Search button.


You can also try a subject search by clicking on Subject Guide Search.  Use the Subdivisions link to find articles within specific areas of that subject, such as psychological aspects, research, or statistics.  



Access journal articles by entering your keyword(s) into the Search box.  OmniFile also lets you search by subject. Click the Advanced Search link and select SU Subject from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.


Films on Demand (Streaming Video)

Search movie titles or segments for keywords or phrases.  These streaming videos may be an excellent support to classroom instruction or may help explain difficult concepts.  Please ask us if you have trouble finding information; searching in this database can sometimes be challenging because there are so many results.  Once you have found a video, you can embed it, create custom segments, and generate citations; transcripts are also available to make it easier to select quotes from the film.


Testing and Education Reference Center (Online Resource for Nursing/Medical Licensing Exams)

From the Career tools menu, select Medical/Nursing.  The online books are guides to help you study for exams like the EMT Basic certification, NCLEX-PN or Nursing and Allied Health Entrance exams.  Complete practice tests are available for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN. (You will be asked to register the first time you access this database.)



Gale Virtual Reference Library

Complete, full-text eBooks covering most topics including subject-specific encyclopedias. Search by keyword, or select Medicine from the Subject list. 

  • Encyclopedia of Medicine (2006) Information on medical disorders and concepts. Articles include information about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and procedures.
  • Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (2007) Covers topics on body systems and functions, conditions, diseases, theories, techniques and practices, and medical devices and equipment.
  • Encyclopedia of Public Health (2013) Covers public health concerns. Topics include diseases and conditions, health and wellness, nutrition, ethics and law, statistics, sanitation, and environmental effects on health and well being. 


eBook Collection (EBSCO)  

Type in your keyword(s) to see results from all titles.  You may also search by clicking on the Health & Medicine option at the left, and then selecting the Subject link to narrow your list by subject. 


Web sites

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

US Department of Health and Human Services; includes evidence-based practice information including evidence reports and research findings, clinical guidelines, fact sheets, and consumer health topics.


Arizona State Board of Nursing

Licensure information.


Arizona Vital Statistics

Arizona health statistics with monthly updates, covering AZ vital statistics (births/deaths/marriages), hospital discharges, demographics and more, from the Arizona Department of Health Services.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Latest information on illnesses, outbreaks, health conditions, emergency preparedness; includes many statistical sources and the Public Health Image Library.


Lab Tests Online

Provided by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, this site explains clinical lab tests.


Merck Manual Online

Online encyclopedic health guide published by Merck Research Laboratories.


National Guideline Clearinghouse

Evidence-based practice guidelines from the National Guideline Clearinghouse, US department of Health and Human Services.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Overviews of health topics including conditions and procedures, health statistics, patient information.



Online academic journal article citations, some free content. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine

and the National Institutes of Health.


*Databases and eBooks are available only to CAC students, faculty and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard to access online journal articles and eBooks.  If you are an authorized user and are prompted for a password, please click here to get to Blackboard. In Blackboard, select 'CAC Library Resources,' then select 'All Articles and eBooks.' You should then be able to use the database you would like to access.  The online catalog and the web sites do not require log-in; anyone can use them. 

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