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Nursing: RN to BSN/MSN

This library guide serves as the Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library portal for the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, directing faculty and students to the most helpful library resources and services for their academic program.

Start your research with CINAHL

CINAHL (EBSCO) database: best place to begin your research!  If you are unable to find articles in CINAHL then you can expand your search using MEDLINE and Nursing & Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive.
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What's the difference between periodicals, magazines, and journals?

A periodical is a generic term used for popular magazines, trade or professional journals, and scholarly journals. They are materials that are published at regular intervals (monthly, quarterly, daily, etc.).

Magazines are commercial publications intended for a general audience for the purpose of informing and entertaining.





Trade journals also fall between magazines and journals, but their focus includes more product and business information.





Journals are specialized, scholarly publications written by authorities in the field. They usually include bibliographies.



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    Databases Vs. Google




    Most relevant returns will rise to the top or any order you specify


    Google uses it’s PageRank system so the first result is the most popular, not necessarily the most relevant


    The databases allow you to sort by date, relevance, author, and more.

    No Sorting

    There is no easy way to sort or limit Google results


    Databases take their articles from the original print sources


    Google searches all kind of sites, including personal and commercial so you never know if you trust the information


    You should not have to pay for articles you retrieve from databases


    Google Scholar may ask you to pay for the content

    Professional/Scholarly/Peer Reviewed

    Professionally published information – Content is evaluated by publishers for authority and accuracy and licensed for electronic distribution


    Much personally generated content – Anyone can publish anything to the Internet whenever they want

    Peer Review in 5 Minutes

    You've probably been asked to find peer reviewed articles to use in your research.  Wondering what peer review means and why it's important to scholarship and research?  Check out the video tutorial for more information.

    Peer Review

    Articles that are published in peer-reviewed or refereed journals are recognized as scholarly contributions to their academic or medical field. You can identify peer-reviewed journals by searching for the journal title in Ulrich's Periodical Directory.