Nursing Databases

Below are links to Nursing Databases, Open Access Science and Nursing Databases, Reliable Websites for Nursing and Health Information, and Nursing Associations.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Catalog provides access to NLM bibliographic data for journals, books, audiovisuals, computer software, electronic resources and other materials. Links to the library's holdings in LocatorPlus, NLM's online public access catalog, are also provided.

Medicine is a complex subject with a highly specialized language.  The MeSH is a thesaurus provided by the National Library of Medicine to help you find the proper terms you need in searching Medline and PubMed databases.

Access to full text journals, evidence based resources and dissertations to support the study of nursing and the allied health professions. First time user? Here's how to access Proquest Nursing Journals:

1. Click the "Proquest Nursing Journals" link above
2. Use your Kansas Library Card pin number and birthdate to log in
3. Once inside the KSLC portal, look at the right hand column and scroll down to Health and Medical section to locate the ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health links

Kansas State Library Resources

  • Consumer Health Complete is designed for the information needs of patients, including information on health and wellness.
  • MEDLINE provides 1,470 full-text journals indexed on MEDLINE going back to 1949.  About 500 of these journals are not found on Academic Search or Health Source.
  • Health Source has 500 full text scholarly journals such as the Journal of Clincal Nursing and Journal of Community Health Nursing.
  • AFHS Consumer Medication Information is published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is considered a trusted source of patient drug information provided in English and Spanish.
  • MedicLatina provides access to 130 full text medical journals written in Spanish.

Review all databases here

Open Access Databases for Nursing and Health

  • Biomed Central provides open access to 224 peer-reviewed journals.
  • Open Access Resources on Nursing provides access to open access nursing research and review articles.
  • PubMed is published by US national Library of Medicine and has 22 million citations from Medline and scientific journals.  Some citations may have links to full text articles.   
  • PMC 2.5 million Full text biomedical articles through the National Instititues of Health National Library of Medicine
  • Springer Open access Journals cover all areas of science. 
  • Wiley Open Access Journals has twelve open access science journals.

Reliable Websites for Nursing and Health Information

Centers for Disease Control provide up-to-date information about health and safety.

Family Doctor is sponsored by the American Association of Family Physicians and provides information about diseases and conditions, prevention and wellness, pregnancy, newborns, children, teens, and seniors.

Food and Drug Administration provides information about foods, drugs, vaccines, medical devices, cosmetics and animals. 

Food and Nutrition Information Center published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides nutrition resources for health care professionals and consumers. is published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides an encyclopedia of 1,600 health topics as well as guides to healthy living. 

MayoClinic features a symptom checker, information on diseases, conditions, drugs, and supplements as well as information on their latest research.

MedlinePlus is published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  It provides health information for men, women, children, and seniors and a medical dictionary.

MedlinePlus is also available in other languages through this link.

Medscape Nurses is affiliated with WebMD and provides news, reference, and education for nurses.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a government agency for medical practices and products that are not considered conventional medicine.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse is a "public resource for evidence based clinical practice guidelines."

National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services
NLMSIS has information about toxicology, chemistry, HIV/AIDS, environmental health, disaster health, and specific populations.  

Nutrition.Gov from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provide information on food and nutrition including what's in food, life stages, weight management, supplements, shopping and meal planning, and food assistance programs.

Physicians Desk Reference is the leading drug resource manual. 

Statistical Abstract is a publication of the U.S. Census Bureau and contains statistics about health.

Women's provides health information specifically for women.

Nursing Associations

American Nurses Association has information about nursing careers, credentials, and practice.

Kansas State Nurses Association works to provide higher standards of nursing and professional development.  It has many useful links for nurses and for students. 

Kansas State Board of Nursing provides information about education and licensing.

Missouri Nurses Association is the voice of Missouri Nurses.

Missouri State Board of Nursing provides information about licensing

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses provides information about education and certification.

Occupation Outlooks for Nursing Careers

  • Occupational Outlook Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses
  • Occupational Outlook Registered Nurses
  • Occupational Outlook Certified Nurses Aids