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Nursing Reference Guide

This guide contains nursing resources and information. Links below provide a starting place for your nursing research project.

Grey Literature

Open DOAR  -Directory of Academic repositories - Medicine, prioritizing the areas of prevention, healthy aging, disparities, and history of medicine

Open Grey - European documents on science, economics, social science, and humanities.


Nursing Theories, Theorists, and Models



Capstone College of Nursing

American Nurses Association

American Academy of Nursing

National Student Nurses Association

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nursing

American College of Nurse Practitioners

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Institute of Nursing Research

National League for Nursing

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


Health Encyclopedia


Health InfoNet of Alabama

National Library of Medicine



Clinical Trials

Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library: Free online access to  nursing research and evidence-based information.

Grey Literature Report

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Think Cultural Health

Health News

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science - Diversity in STEM

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 


Other Useful Links:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Cancer-Related Web Sites

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Hospital Web

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) - An online catalog of Human Genes and Genetic Disorders)

Women's Health Web Sites (Auburn University)

Biomedical Communications

TRIP free database that includes access to reports, guidelines, and systematic reviews

Dr Google


Mayo Clinic

History of American Nursing Assocaition

Free Medical Journals


Office of Minority Health

National center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Where to Publish / Is it Peer Reviewed? Directory of Nursing Journals a collective of nursing editors and publishers focused on meeting the research needs of the nursing profession


Data Visualization as a Research Tool


Use of data visualization in field of statistics goes back to centuries. Public Health, Medicine, & Nursing has contributed many innovators in data and information visualization. 


Mortality map of the Cholera Epidemic in London

Florence Nightingale's Coxcomb diagrams describing the causes of mortality in Crimean war

Useful sites 

Present data in Bubble chart in Excel

Gapminder - free software allows to create Bubble charts

Create Bubble Charts using R - A tutorial

Word Clouds 

Use of Op Chart (NYT) 
The Health of Reform - Example of visualization in words
TED Talks by Hans Rosling - Master of Global and Public Health  in TED Talks from 2006-2011. Some of the examples relate to Data Visualization 


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