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The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

Nursing Resources

Nursing materials for undergraduate and graduate students at the Macdonald-Kelce Library.

Internet Search Tips

.gov This is a government agency and will be seen in sites like or the the United States Department of Justice

.net An internet service provider

.com A commercial site that usually is selling a product or requires a fee for retrieving information provided.

.edu Sites provided by institutes of higher learning, like

.mil This is a military site, for example

.org This designates an organization. Sometimes charitable organizations, religious groups, watchdog groups, etc.

Personal sites usually have the name of the company supplying space for a website followed by the author’s name ex.

Another element provided in the URL is the country abbreviation, for example:

.au is Australia

.ca is Canada

.jp is Japan

.uk is the United Kingdom.

Resources on the open Internet

Until 2020 the library's website contained a list of useful internet sites under RESOURCES on the SUBJECT GUIDES page. The websites listed under NURSING and EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE are now located on this guide under Useful Internet Sites. Note that with this many sites there are invariably broken links. Let us know if you see something that should be removed, or something that should be added.

Examples of the types of sites listed include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - EPC Reports offer comprehensive, science-based information on common costly medical conditions and new health care technologies and strategies. Your search results cover complete titles of released evidence reports, comparative effectiveness reviews, technical briefs, Technology Assessment Program reports, and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evidence syntheses.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  - The mission of the CDC is to monitor public health, put forth prevention initiatives, investigate health problems and promote healthy behaviors. Excellent information for health care providers, including statistics. Publications include MMWR and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
  • Healthfinder - This consumer health information site is maintained by the National Health Information Center of the DHHS. It is a directory of health related web sites - government, nonprofit and educational.
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) — Est. 1986
  • The mission of the NINR is to support research  in nursing in clinical and community settings through grants and other funding. NINR supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) - MeSH is the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for the Medline/PubMED databases.

Google Scholar

Another path for locating scholarship is to use Google Scholar.

Google Scholar defines scholarship more broadly than most of your professors, so always double-check to make sure what you're finding is suitable. Google Scholar also includes much material which is not available in the library databases (but is typically available through interlibrary loan).

If you are not on campus, you need to adjust your settings in Google Scholar so it can search the library's databases.

For more information about effective use of Google Scholar, see our handout.

Google Scholar Search

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