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Library Resources and Services for - ORLN 5013, Informatics in Nursing


Library Resources and Services for ORLN 5013, Informatics in Nursing

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Dawn Aubel's Spring 2020 course ORLN 5013, Informatics in Nursing. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the focus of the course, i.e., "healthcare informatics, technology, and the impact of systems on healthcare practice, administration, research and education." The guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Online Cataogs


EDUCAT - The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO Catalog

CLIO Catalog - A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries' holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.


WorldCat - A union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries.  To find works pertaining to informatics in nursing  and related subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Evidence-based medicine [R723.7]
  • Evidence-based nursing
  • Information storage and retrieval systems -- Nursing
  • Medical informatics [R858-R859.7]
  • Nurse administrators [RT89]
  • Nursing -- Practice [RT86.7
  • Nursing -- Research [RT81.5]
  • Nursing -- Study and teaching [RT71-RT81]
  • Nursing informatics [RT50.5]
  • Nursing services -- Administration [RT89]

For an overview of the call number system used in our library and many other academic libraries, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline page.

Periodical Indexes

Nursing and Biomedical Databases

CINAHL Plus with Full Text - The online version of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, providing full text for more than 750 journals indexed in CINAHL from 1981-present.

EMBASE (CU) - This database describes itself as "a highly versatile, multipurpose and up-to-date biomedical research database. It covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day and all articles are indexed in depth using Elsevier's Life Science thesaurus Embase Indexing and Emtree."

MEDLINE - MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide. Our library makes the database available via the Ebsco platform; ISI Web of Knowledge Medline (CU) and Ovid MEDLINE (CU) are also available via Columbia.

PubMed (CU) - "Provides access to over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. Includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources."

Information Science Databases

LearnTechLib, The Learning and Technology Library (formerly EdITLib - Education & Information Technology Digital Library) - Database of peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of educational technology and e-learning.

Library Literature and Information Science Full Text (CU) - "The database indexes English and non-English language articles and book reviews from library and information science periodicals, books, chapters in collected works such as conference proceedings, library school theses and pamphlets."

Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (CU) - "Database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science."

Cognitive Science Databases

APA PsycNET - Single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA; provides access to 100+ journals and 3,500+ books in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.

MIT CogNet - The database describes itself as "the authoritative resource for research in cognitive science, philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics, and psychology. Created in 2000 by MIT researchers MIT CogNet now provides more than 435,000 pages of content published by the MIT Press, including: more than 700 e-books; 9 journals, including The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; 12 major reference works."

PsycINFO (CU) - Covers the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Administration/Management Databases

ABI/INFORM Global (CU) - Covers the contents of over 1,800 "premier worldwide business periodicals for information on advertising, marketing, economics, management techniques, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more."

Business Abstracts with Full Text (CU) - Provides indexing and abstracting of articles from over 800 English-language business magazines and trade and research journals, plus the full text of selected periodicals.

Business Source Complete (CU) - Provides full text for over 10,000 scholarly business journals and other sources, including more than 1,150 peer-reviewed business publications, and more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. Coverage includes educational administration, management, and leadership and related topics.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals. See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

JSTOR (CU) - An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.

ProQuest (CU) - Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.

Federated Search Engines

Super Search

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search some or all of our periodical indexes and EDUCAT simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.


Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) - To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources:   articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, Second Edition (2006) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition (2003)

Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing (1999)


Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior - Includes more than 200 entries on topics such as physical activity, stress and health, smoking, pain management, social support and health, cardiovascular health, health promotion, and HIV/AIDS.

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (2nd Edition) - The 320 articles by 200 expert contributors include topics such as nursing services, electronic networks and technology, nursing education, nursing care, specialties in nursing, patients' reactions and adjustments, historical, philosophical, and cultural issues, and nursing organizations and publications.

Encyclopedia of Public Health - Examines a broad range of topics such as environmental health, drug abuse, epidemiology, nutrition, demographics, and diseases. Includes overviews, definitions, and biographical entries.

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (2nd Edition) - Provides more than 850 entries covering topics in nursing and allied health, including body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment.

Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia (2nd Edition) - "Provides descriptions of prominent individuals in nursing, information regarding nine leadership-related topics [characteristics of leaders; health care delivery standards and health policy; informatics and technology; leadership in practice, education, and research; major leaders; management and executive skills; organizational leadership; quality outcomes; and theories and models], and current trends in nurse leadership."


Entirely Online Materials

Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Education, Health, Medicine, Psychology, Anatomy/Physiology, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

Health Reference Center Academic - Multi-source database providing access to full-text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources that offer reliable health information to researchers, including nursing and allied health students.

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Contemporary Nursing Knowledge: Analysis and Evaluation of Nursing Models and Theories (2005)

Handbook of Clinical Nursing Research (1999)

Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice (9th Edition, 2012)

Resource Manual for Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice (2012)


Foundations of Nursing: An Integrated Approach (2008) - Combines anatomy and physiology with nursing theory and professional issues to present a unified approach to patient care and the modern nurse's role; applies theory to practice, taking a student-friendly approach designed to help improve clinical effectiveness and successfully integrate nursing knowledge.

Handbook of Stress, Coping, and Health: Implications for Nursing Research, Theory, and Practice (2000) - Compiled to reflect the evolution and testing of various models of stress, coping, and health and their particular relevance for the profession and discipline of nursing. Content includes 23 chapters by various authors focusing on response-oriented stress; stimulus-oriented stress; interactional and transactional models, stress, coping, and health: mediating factors; and future directions for nursing relative to these issues.

Healthcare Research: A Handbook for Students and Practitioners (2010) - Provides detailed explanations of the main concepts and methods used in critical appraisal of published research; drawing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the authors write with an emphasis on the development of sound research skills through case-based illustrative examples and scenarios.

Reviews of Research

Current Overviews of the Literature

Annual Review of Nursing Research - The purpose of this annual review is to examine critically the full gamut of literature on key topics in nursing practice, including nursing theory, care delivery, nursing education, and the professional aspects of nursing.

Annual Reviews - Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see in particular the Annual Review of Medicine and the Annual Review of Public Health.

Citation Indexes

Databases for Tracing Responses to and the Influence of Authors and Writings

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

Scopus (CU) - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science (CU) - Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.

Digital Archives

Online Digitized Collections

Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge - The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library's collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Software for Organizing Your Research

Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

Library Services

Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian - To explore a variety of kinds of research support: submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library's Knowledge Database.

Course Reserves

E-Reserves - Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery

Document Delivery - The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials (books, book chapters, dissertations, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

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