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This guide has library resources to help you with assignments and important information on nursing subject areas.

This page contains a list of the top-ranked Nursing journals, as well as a list of databases. If you're looking for databases, don't forget about the Best Bets box on the Getting Started page!

Nursing & Related Databases

This list of resources contains journal articles and other research materials about nursing:

Nursing Journals

The following list of selected nursing journals is compiled by the Nursing and Allied Health Resources section of the Medical Library Association. A complete list of recommended journals is available here.

  • Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 
  • American Journal of Public Health 
  • Applied Nursing Research 
  • Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
  • Biological Research for Nursing
  • Care management journals: Journal of case management: the journal of long term health care
  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 
  • Clinical Nursing Research 
  • Clinical Simulation in Nursing 
  • Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 
  • Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing 
  • CriticalCareNurse
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Nursing Research and Practice
  • The American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC)
  • The American Journal of Nursing (AJN)
  • The Journal of Professional Nursing (JPN)
  • The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)
  • Research in Nursing & Health

  Tips for Searching in CINAHL

  • In the basic search, the limiters “research” and "peer-reviewed articles" may be very useful.
  • There is an article type “research instrument”, but it doesn’t pull up many results. Check the tab "Research Instruments" on this guide for tips on finding research instruments in nursing.
  • Limit your results to the last five years for the most current information. 
  • In advanced search mode, you can limit by age group and to “evidence-based practice” (use with caution – it means the article is about evidence based practice). Faculty, in particular, may be interested in the “first author is nurse” limiter.   
  • If you are having a problem pulling up a link to an article that has been posted on WebCampus, the link may be missing the EX proxy prefix. An example of a link with the prefix is:
    • Try adding "" before the link
    • In Ebsco databases such as CINAHL, you can find the correct URL by clicking on “permalink” on the right side of the page with the full record.


  Tips for Searching in PubMed 

  • The journal references that are in PubMed are also in Scopus, which is easier to search. But, many faculty tell their students to search PubMed because you can do  more complex searches.
  • PubMed is free and indexed on Google—but you must go into PubMed through the library in order to have access to our subscriptions.
  • You can do complex searches on PubMed, including subject terms (MESH) and limit your results by things such as article type, age group, species, etc.
  • One reason that researchers may not like PubMed is that it is not easy to tell if we have access to the full text.  From the search results, you have to click on the title of the article and go to the page with the abstract in order to see the “UNLV find text” link.

Note: The “UNLV find text” link doesn’t  always work from PubMed, especially from off-campus – if it isn't working check the A-Z list of e-journals (, or even try to get the article from Google Scholar (

  • Not everything in PubMed is peer-reviewed, though most journal articles are. Don't assume! Look closely.
  • You CAN export references from PubMed to RefWorks. It’s not intuitive, but it is possible. Mark the citation and send it to “citation manager” – then copy the result, open RefWorks, and import it there (using the “from text” option).



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