Job Hunting & After Graduation Freely-Accessible Profession & Patient Resources
Guide developed by Prof. Mike Strahan, Olson Library (227-2463)
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Library Catalog contains records for books, journal titles, government documents, etc., in a variety of formats (including online) held by NMU, LSSU, Finlandia U., and GCC libraries. (Note: Does not contain articles which appear in journals.)
Accessing NMU Olson Library Resources after graduation
Open to anyone walking in; may use library computers to access online databases. May e-mail material to self.
Photocopiers use cash.
Courtesy Card ($25/year) allow patrons to check out materials (same as students). Must
live in the Upper Peninsula. Note: Fee is waived if member of NMU Alumni Association.
NMU Career Services
After College - Free Job Nursing Board -- special resources for NMU students (link from NMU School of Nursing Resources page)
Salaries, Cost of Living, & Relocation sources -- U.S. Dept. of State site
NMU Olson Library Job Hunting Guide -- links to other resources
The Mining Journal (also separate links to Escanaba, Houghton, Iron Mt., & Alpena newspapers)
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News (runs through Yahoo jobs)
Michigan Newspapers (50 states.com)
Wisconsin Newspapers (50 states.com)
CampusRN - Michigan -- link from NMU School of Nursing Resources page
Nurse iCON -- may also post resumes
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
MichiganWorks! government site
Michigan Licensed Practical Nurses Association -- free membership allows posting of resumes
nursingjobs.org - LPN
nursingjobs.org - RN
Michigan Temp Employment Agencies -- Michigan.gov site arranged by city
CampusRN - Wisconsin
Wisconsin Nurses Association
Job Center of Wisconsin - Job Search -- Wisconsin government
National Student Nurses Association Career Center -- search by state
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses -- may also post resumes & e-mail job alert
allnurses.com -- link specific to searching jobs
NursingJobsPlus -- sponsored by LWW
jobsearchusa.org -- quick specialized search
monster.com -- this link specific to health care jobs
careerbuilder.com -- link specific to Nursing jobs
American Hospital Directory (independent profiles of hospitals)
Best Hospitals Ranking (U.S. News & World Report)
(Nurses should also seek out similar resources through professional organizations.)
Coping with Information Overload of the Literature
Twitter & Facebook - What else can I say in fewest words possible? Many organizations, CEU's, firms, and news providers communicate via Twitter. One example is: http://www.medscape.com/nurses
Manage all your IM, e-mail, and social networks using tools such as Digsby, Trillian, Adium (Mac-only), & Pidgin
CATALIST - Directory of professional discussion lists (not chat rooms).
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) - A convenient, spam-free feeder method to automatically receive journal table of contents, tracking news, web sites, and other information. Look for orange icon. Built-in "Live Bookmarks" function through FireFox & Internet Explorer 7 make RSS much easier. Sometimes also labeled as Alerts.
Note: RSS available through many resources listed on this guide.
Schloman, B. F. (2005). Staying current: What RSS can do for you. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
RSS/Blogs & News feeds Readers - bring together in one place
The Old Reader
Sitrion (formerly NewsGator)
Nursing Center - provided by LWW - gateway of resources.
Google Alerts - automatic e-mail updates of latest Google search results on your specific topic.
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MEDLINEplus - Sponsored by the NIH & NLM. Includes interactive tutorials, health topics, drug information, illustrated medical encyclopedia, dictionary, health directory, and other resources. Many resources are bilingual.
NLM's Databases & Electronic Information Resources - U.S. Government-hosted online health-related databases. Examples include
Visible Human Project® and
Turning the Pages (digitized rare biomedical books), plus specific resources for Native Americans, Asian Americans, clinical trials, etc.
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Statewide Access to Subscription Databases
Michigan eLibrary (MeL) - Requires Michigan Driver’s License # or State ID
Includes over 40 databases (some full-text) including EBSCO's e-books (formerly Netlibrary).
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Free Online Databases
- Searching is free, but access to articles in subscription journals not available to the public.
WorldCat - simple search interface to the worldwide library catalog also available through FirstSearch. May also locate nearby libraries who hold materials by entering zip code.
ScienceDirect (most comprehensive science-specific search engine, but most articles not available for free)
Scirus has retired.
Google Scholar (Advance Search) — Search for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and books. Also used as a citator database which tracks references.
NLM Gateway - National Library of Medicine's one-stop search for conference meeting abstracts & research projects in progress..
MEDLINE / PubMed - Click on Limits tab to limit search by language, journal group (Nursing), age, gender, etc. Includes links to many freely available online journal artilces.
IngentaConnect – free Table of Contents searchable database (charges for articles) + free e-mailing of contents for up to 5 journals.
SUMSearch 2 - searches a variety of web resources including PubMed and metasearch engines. Excellent medical/nursing-oriented limiting (filters).
ERIC - Education & school health. Includes full-text of a few journals, and many ERIC documents.
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Free online journals
Free Medical Journals (open access)
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) - Free online access to full content of over 4,000 scientific & scholarly journals, including Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health titles. Holdings vary by title. Click on title to access journal. Searchable on the web site; many are also indexed in CINAHL &/or MEDLINE.
BioMed Central - over 150 peer-reviewed online free Open Acess journals.
LinkOut (National Library of Medicine) - Free online access to full content of over 650 journals; holdings vary by title. Click on title to access journal. All are indexed in MEDLINE.
On-Line Journal of Nursing Informatics (cumulative table of contents) - (select specific issue to see full issue contents) -- 1996-present free online access. Older issues listed under Archives -- click on "Current Issue" button. Also available through searching site. Also indexed in CINAHL, but not linked to online articles.
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MEDLINEplus - Information portal Sponsored by the NIH & NLM. Includes interactive tutorials, health topics, drug information, illustrated medical encyclopedia, dictionary, health directory, and other resources. Many resources are bilingual.
DIRLINE - Searchable directory of health organizations. Not updated after Oct. 1, 2013.
iHealth by Medfusion - connects patients with physicians online. Click on "For Patients" link to retrieve clinical information.
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Misc. Profession-Related Resources
Cochrane Collaboration Consumer Network
- Search and retrieve Cochrane Reviews abstracts. Consists of analyzed trials on health care treatments, advice, or other interventions in health care. Abstracts of Reviews are searchable/viewable from this site. However, does not include full-text of reviews (only available through subscription).
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Nursing Informatics Organizations
Evaluating the Internet, Evaluative Web Search Engines, and Metasearch Engines
ipl2 (form. Librarian's Internet Index) — Evaluates & reviews popular & scholarly web sites.
INFOMINE — Evaluates & reviews scholarly web sites.
Ixquick - Metasearch engine which retrieves the top-ten results from each search engine.
Google Scholar (Advanced Search) — Search for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and books.
Google Books (Advanced Search) — Search for online books, book chapters, & technical reports. View portion or entire book online. Some books require Free Google Account to access online content.
Google (Advanced Search)
National Academies Press - Search full-text of books & reports "issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States." Free login required to view free PDF books or book chapters. .
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