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Nursing: Information Resources for Practitioners: Scholarly Literature

Are you a registered nurse or advanced practice nurse who doesn't have access to journals and databases from a health sciences or medical library? This guide is a collection of freely available online resources that do not require a subscription.

Nursing Journals

The Nursing Journals Directory is compiled by Nurse Author & Editor ( "Nurse Author & Editor is an international publication, dedicated to publishing high-quality, current, and informative articles on scholarly writing and publishing in the nursing literature."

Research Databases

Search for scholarly articles in the following databases. Free, full-text of the articles may not be available.

Lippincott Nursing Center: Recommended Reading for Nurses



NebraskaAccess: Databases available to Nebraskans

Several databases are available to Nebraska residents at no cost. The Nebraska Library Commission purchases these subscriptions for Nebraskans with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Access and more information:

The database, Consumer Health Complete, indexes some nursing journals and includes full-text. For example, the following journals have links to full-text articles.

  • Critical Care Nurse 2004 - present
  • Medsurg Nursing 2000 - present
  • Nursing Economics 2004 - present
  • Urologic Nursing 2004 - present

After you log-in to Consumer Health Complete, click on "Advanced Search" and then click on the "Publications" to search or view the list of publications that are indexed in the database

Professional Organization: Personal Membership

Professional organizations, such as the American Nurses Association (ANA), may provide access to professional development resources. A personal membership to the ANA provides members access to the CINAHL database.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) offers members a discounted rate for DynaMed Plus, a clinical point-of-care information resource. More information: