Choosing a topic
When choosing a topic for your research paper, think about the following:
- Unless your instructor assigns a topic, try to select a topic that interests you.
- Make sure your topic is not too broad, or too narrow. You will find too much information when searching for a broad topic; and not enough information when searching for a narrow topic.
- If you already have a general topic, try searching the library's catalog or the library's databases for ideas on how to narrow that topic down.
- Visit the library's Reference Desk and request to view the following book: 10,000 ideas for term papers, projects, reports and speeches: Intriguing, original research topics for every student's need.
- For current events and issues in the news, try searching the library's database: CQ Researcher.
- For debatable or controversial issues, ask one of the librarians about the Opposing Viewpoints Series, the Taking Sides Series, Issues in Focus Series and/or the Current Controversies Series.
- Visit the Social Issues Research Guide. There you will find a list of current social issues to choose from.
Books will provide an excellent starting point for your research in the field of Nursing. Reference books often give you background information and a general overview on your topic so that you can proceed with greater understanding to a more detailed treatment of your subject in other books and periodicals. Reference books may include specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, atlases and/or statistical reports. The librarian at the Reference Desk can help in locating an appropriate source. Listed below are the titles and call numbers of some of the Nursing books in the library's reference collection. The reference collection is located on the main level of the library. Books with a location of Reference cannot be checked out of the library. The Circulating Collection is on the second floor of the library. Books with a location of Circulating may be checked out.
To search the Catalog for a book, click on it's callnumber below.
|Illustrated Dictionary of Immunology||Reference||QR180.4.C78 2003|
|Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy||Reference||RC55.M4|
|Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary||Reference||R121.M89 2009|
|Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 27th ed.||Reference||R121.S8 2005|
|Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary||Reference||R121.T18 2005|
|Williams Obstetrics||Reference||RG524.W7 2005|
Drugs, Diet and Therapy
|American Drug Index||Reference||RS355.A48 2005|
|Conn's Current Therapy||Reference||RM101.C87 2004|
|Intravenous Medications (17th ed.)||Reference||RM170.G33 2001|
|Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference||Reference||RS141.3.M3 2005|
|Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference||Reference||RM138.S59 2001|
|Nursing... Drug Handbook||Reference||RM301.12.N87|
|PDR for Herbal Medicines||Reference||RM666.H33 P37 2004|
|PDR for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements||Reference||RS75.P51|
|Physician's Desk Reference (PDR)||Reference||RS75.P5|
|Encyclopedia of Bioethics (5 volumes)||Reference||QH332.E52 2004|
|Encyclopedia of Clinical Toxicology||Reference||RA1193.R67 2002|
|Encyclopedia of Infectious Diseases||Reference||RC112.T87 2003|
|Magill's Medical Guide - Health and Illness (5 Volumes)||Reference||RC41.M34 2008|
|Mayo Clinic Family Health Book||Reference||RC81.M473 2003|
|Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Ed.||Reference||RC81.M535 2003|
|Mosby's Handbook of Diseases||Reference||RT65.L37 2005|
|Physicians' Guide to Rare Diseases||Reference||RC55.P69|
|The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide||Reference||RC81.A543 2004|
|The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (4 volumes)||Reference||R733.G34 2001|
|The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer (2 volumes)||Reference||RC254.5.G353 2002|
|The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine||Reference||R121.O884 2001|
Nursing Education and Careers
|Exploring Health Care Careers (2 Volumes)||Reference||R690.E97 2006|
|Health Professions: Career and Education Directory||Reference||R847.A1 D57|
|State Medical Licensure Requirements and Statistics||Reference||R745.A43 S726|
|Cracking the NCLEX-RN (Princeton Review)||Reference||RT55.M49 2003|
|Mosby's Comprehensive Review of Practical Nursing for NCLEX-PN||Reference||RT62.M62 2008|
The library catalog is used to locate books both at RVCC, as well as from other libraries in the Somerset County Library System. Books will provide in-depth information not found in reference sources.
- Start with a Keyword search. Once you find one or two books about your topic, check the book's record to see what Subjects are being used. Once you find the appropriate Subject Heading, repeat your search using those headings. Generally, the results from a Subject search will always be more accurate than the results from a Keyword search.
- If you know the title of the book you are looking for, do a Title search.
- If you are looking for a book with a specific author, do an Author search (last name first).
Suggested Subject Headings for Nursing:
Click a subject heading below to use it as the search term for a Subject Search in the catalog.
- Communication in nursing
- Community health nursing
- Emergency nursing
- Family nursing
- Geriatric nursing
- Maternity nursing
- Minorities in nursing
- Nursing assessment
- Nursing care plans
- Nursing diagnosis
- Nursing ethics
- Pediatric nursing
- Rehabilitation nursing
- Surgical nursing
Consult with the reference librarian to find the term best suited to your needs.
Browse the Collection:
Most of the books can be found in the following areas:
- R -- Medicine (General)
- RA -- Public aspects of medicine
- RC -- Internal medicine
- RM -- Therapeutics. Pharmocology
- RS -- Pharmacy and materia medica
- RT -- Nursing
All of the library's circulating books are located on the upper level of the library.
For additional library catalogs, including libraries in Hunterdon and Middlesex counties, consult the Additional Library Catalogs page. If you find a book in one of these catalogs that the library does not own, request the book using the library's Interlibrary Loan Service.
Research Databases - Finding Articles
The Evelyn S. Field Library has access to thousands of periodicals. (Periodicals can be magazines, scholarly journals, or newspapers.) Some periodicals are in the library's print (or hard copy) collection. However, the majority of periodicals are available in the Research Databases. These databases provide access to articles. This information is generally more current than material found in books.
Search for periodical articles on Nursing using the databases listed below. They can be accessed from the Library Database Page. (If you are using these databases from an off-campus location, you will be asked to identify yourself by logging in with your Username and Password. This is the same login you use on campus. The Research Databases are available only to registered RVCC students.)
- Health and Wellness Resources Center
Health & Wellness Resource Center (version 1.1) is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, health, and wellness information through an intuitive web interface. Including the respected Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Health & Wellness Resource Center delivers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources. Additionally, consumers, students, and professionals are provided with descriptions of and links to several pertinent Web sites, selected for their usefulness and appropriateness. Drawn from the vendor's website. Note: As with all health information sources, this database is for informational purposes only.
- Health Reference Center
Articles from a variety of health periodicals, plus excerpts from health-related reference books. Material includes a medical dictionary; medical directories and reference books; consumer-oriented and professional health periodicals; and pamphlets issued by leading health organizations. The periodical material is augmented by specially selected health articles from general-interest, business and specialty publications.
- Magill's Medical Guide
This is the online version of Magill's Medical Guide which provides access to over 1,000 entries describing major diseases and disorders of the human body, the basics of human anatomy and physiology, specializations in medical practice, and common surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Print version is available in the Reference Section: RC41.M34.
- Nursing and Allied Health Source
The Proquest Nursing & Allied Health Source Database provides information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine in the following formats: full text journals, evidence based resources, dissertations, and systematic reviews. Topics covered include cytology, nursing, nutrition, oncology, physical therapy, radiography, dietetics, pediatric care, pharmacology, public health and radiology. The database includes abstracting and indexing for more than 850 titles, with over 715 titles in full-text. Journal coverage includes Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Physical Therapy, Journal of Rehabilitation, and Clinical Laboratory Science.
PubMed provides access to Medline, The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database. It is also a gateway, providing access to other sources of medical information from the federal government. Note: As with all health information sources, this database is for informational purposes only
Our current subscription includes the "Social & Behavioral Sciences" and the "Health & Life Sciences." Be sure to select "group-wide login.
After finding an article on your research topic, the database will either provide a citation and summary of the article, or it will provide the full-text (the complete article). If you are only given a citation and summary of the article, you can check the Periodical Locator to determine if the periodical you are looking for is available in another database. (The Periodical Locator is an alphabetical list of all the journals the library has access to. Feel free to talk with a librarian for assistance.) If the article is not available in any of the library's research databases, request the article using the library's Interlibrary Loan Service.
If, for your assignment, you are required to have sources from scholarly journals, use the Identifying Scholarly Articles guide to help you determine if your source is a magazine article or a scholarly article.
- New Jersey Nursing Students Inc.
- New Jersey State Nurses Association
- New Jersey State School Nurses Association
- The American Nurses Association
- AEGiS: The Largest HIV/AIDS Web Site in the World
- American Journal of Nursing
- Canadian Institute for Health Information
- Food and Drug Administration
- Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Sources
- Merck Manual
- Micromedex 2.0
Micromedex is the most reliable, trusted name in evidence-based clinical reference. Micromedex leads the industry because of its unmatched editorial process, reliable content, and innovative user-friendly enhancements. And now Micromedex 2.0 has been revamped to make finding evidence-based drug information and clinical answers much faster and easier.
- National Center for Health Statistics
- New England Journal of Medicine Online
- Nursing Resources -- from the RVCC Department of Nursing
- Call or visit the Reference Desk to speak to one of the librarians. The Reference Desk is located on the main floor of the library. The phone number is 908-526-1200 x8350.
- Email your question to one of the librarians using the Ask-A-Librarian Service.
- For further information about this guide, please contact Julie Moscinski
Last Updated - 01 May 2008