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Nursing Research Guide

Guide to information sources in nursing and allied health professions

Background Information for Nursing

If you are starting research on a topic or issue that is unfamiliar to you,  a fast and easy way to build basic familiarity is to consult a resource that provides an overview of the topic or issue.   An overview can inform you about different aspects of a topic and provide you with ideas about how to narrow or broaden your research focus.  An overview may also introduce you to new vocabulary and key resources.  There are a number of excellent resources in Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health.  

Specialized online encyclopedias can provide you with a quick, basic overview.


Encyclopedia Databases