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Research and Reference

Staff members are available during normal library hours to assist patrons with locating physical and online library materials and performing literature searches. To locate specific articles, faculty members and students should email and the librarian will deliver the article electronically or physically, based on preference.


Circulating materials can be checked out for two weeks. Items may be renewed for an additional two weeks with no previous hold.  Items are considered overdue the day following the due date. Fines are calculated for each day the library is open and borrowing privileges are suspended until fines are paid.  After five weeks, a charge for the replacement value of items, plus fines accrued, is placed on the borrower’s student record. Until all fines are paid, student transcripts or grades will not be released.

Interlibrary Loan

When having difficulty locating the full-text version of an article, submit your request by emailing the library.  We use a nationwide network of borrowing and lending partners to find the information you need.

Reserved Materials

ResU Faculty members can place items on reserve in the library. The library also keeps a copy of each current textbook on reserve in the library office. Staff will hold student IDs while students use these materials. Reserved materials may not leave the library without permission.

ResU Course Specific Guides

  • Adult Health Nursing II Guide: This guide provides resources for Adult Health II Nursing. It includes videos, journals, ebooks and online educational materials for ResU nursing students.
  • Community Health Nursing Guide: This guide provides resources for Community Health Nursing, including videos, journals, ebooks, pocket guides, and online educational materials for nurses and community members.
  • Ethics in Nursing Guide: This guide provides resources and instructional database searching for Ethics in Nursing. It includes videos, journals, ebooks, online educational videos, and APA walkthroughs for ResU nursing students.
  • Gerontological Nursing Guide: This guide provides resources for Gerontological Nursing, including videos, journals, ebooks, pocket guides, and online educational materials for nurses and senior citizens.
  • Leadership and Management Nursing Guide: This guide provides resources for Leadership and Management Nursing. It includes videos, journals, and online educational materials for ResU nursing students.
  • Mental Health Guide: This guide provides resources for Mental Health Nursing, including videos, journals, ebooks, pocket guides, and online education materials for nurses and anyone needing mental health guidance.
  • New Nursing Students: If you are a new ResU Nursing student, use this guide for your first term. It provides library rules and supplemental materials for your courses and clinical site visits.
  • Pediatric Nursing Guide: This guide provides resources for Pediatric Nursing, including a pediatric specific database tutorial, videos, ebooks, pocket guides, and online educational materials for nurses and parents.
  • Research Guide: This guide reviews the steps students should take when starting research assignments with EBSCO and Ovid databases. Following these steps instead of jumping into the databases without any prior guidance will save you tons of time!
  • Second Term Guide: This guide provides tutorials of databases and resources to assist you in your second term as a BSN student at ResU. It covers resources for Pharmacotherapeutics, Adult Health 1, and Health Assessment 2.
  • Women and Newborn Nursing Guide: This guide provides resources for OB Nursing, including a maternal-newborn specific database tutorial, videos , ebooks, pocket guides, and online educational materials for nurses and soon-to-be parents.

ResU Library Guides

  • Career Resources for Students and Alumni: This guide is to help you find the dream job you are working so hard to pursue.
  • ESL Resources: If you are a ResU student and English is your second language, select this guide for resources to help you with English and medical-based English.
  • Faculty Resources: A resource for on and offsite faculty, this guide covers basic library questions, curriculum development materials, continuing education, and online databases.
  • HIIM Program: Specifically for HIIM students, this guide includes online databases, books, journals, and career information.
  • Library Resources: This guide covers basic library resources that are offered at ResU for all students and faculty, include nursing/medical databases, apps, careplans, books, ebooks, videos, NCLEX prep, patient education and much more!
  • Nurse Practitioner Resources: Specifically for students in the MSN program, this guide includes database overviews, books, journals, online resources and writing assistance.
  • Online Resources: Whether you are an on or offsite student or faculty member, this guide compiled all online materials into one place for your convenience.
  • Student Services: Meet all of the members of the Student Services Department and learn how they can help you with your time here at ResU!
  • Writing Tips: This guide walks through writing basics, common writing mistakes, Word formatting issues, APA citation, and additional resources that are available to help you gain confidence as a writer.

ResU Videos

  • Current Affairs in Video: Part of the Alexander Street Press, this collection covers immigration and border studies, Middle East studies, Urban studies, Political Science, globalization, and human rights.
  • Education in Video: Part of the Alexander Street Press, this collection will give education faculty, students, and in-service teachers a single source for the best research-based professional development video resources available.
  • Health and Society in Video: Part of the Alexander Street Press, this collection explores today’s latest medical progress in health and wellness issues and their impact on society– with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews.
  • Nursing Education in Video: Part of the Alexander Street Press, this collection is created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.
  • Sports Medicine and Exercise in Video: Part of the Alexander Street Press, this collection is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

ResU Databases

Databases:  contact the library for usernames and passwords.

Can’t find the full-text version of an article?  Email the library and we will retrieve it for you!

  • Centers for Disease Control: Contains public health information, statistics, oversees travel information and more.
  • A database of updated information on public and private clinical trials. This website provided by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, can be searched by disease, location, treatment, sponsor, and more.
  • The Clinics of North America: A trusted source for expert clinical reviews of current diagnosis and treatment by topic.  Create a free account for access to abstracts and read selected articles.
  • EBSCO: Houses many nursing, medical, and academic databases indexing and providing access to thousands of full-text journals that will assist Nursing and HIIM students with their research of all subject areas.
  • Micromedex 2.0: This database includes unbiased, referenced information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine you need to make informed clinical diagnosis and treatment decisions.
  • Mosby’s Nursing Skills: This database offers educators and staff convenient online access to evidence-based skills and procedures. Content has been adapted from authoritative resources with insight from leading nursing societies, and is continuously updated to reflect the latest in evidence-based practice.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC): A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines that provides health care professionals with obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines.
  • Ovid: Includes 280 journals, the Core Biomedical Collection, Ovid Nursing Collection, and several ebooks specifically selected for ResU’s nursing students.
  • PubMed:  Consists of more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Some citations include full-text while other citations have link out features to access journals in university databases. No password required.
  • UpToDate:  An evidence-based website containing information on over 9,000 topics in 19 specialties.  UpToDate is only available at Presence Health. No password required.

Nursing Websites

Patient and Consumer Health Information

  • Family Doctor: Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The information provided on this website is for general educational purposes only.
  • Healthfinder: A service of the National Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this site offers a health library, health news, online check-ups and more.
  • Kidshealth: The most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through teen years.
  • Mayo Clinic:  Provides information for medical professionals, current research, and healthcare education for everyone.
  • MedlinePlus:  Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a language you can understand.
  • National Institutes of Health:  A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation’s medical research agency–making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
  • WebMD:  Offers valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.  You can trust that the content is timely and credible.

Professional Library Staff
Liesl Cottrell, Librarian
773-252-5114/Fax: 773-227-3838 or