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Office: HRDN 233
phone: (906) 227-2463

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Library Maps Genetics in QK; Medicine in the R's

NMU Library Catalog(all print & online holdings, including thousands of e-books)

WorldCat (holdings of over 60,000 libraries)


APA Reference Style Tools (6th ed. 2010)

NMU Library APA References Examples & DOI tools guide

Other APA Tools:

**NEW for 2018** APA DNP/Graduate Thesis/Dissertation/Project Review Checklist

APA Basic in-text Citation Styles
- Format APA Content in Presentation Slides
Captioning Tables and Figures
APA in-text citations (Diana Hacker & Barbara Fister)


Searching Primary Medical Databases (Do not bookmark database page!) 
(If you do not see full-text icon, always click  ) 
How to use Find It (video)

PubMed (MEDLINE) (ALWAYS use this link--NMU partnership; do not go directly to PubMed)

THE database for researching all medicine. Includes links to FREE articles, and NMU's . As NMU students & faculty, it is important you use the library's link to this database, not the direct URL to the free version.

For BEST results, avoid searching by keywords. Instead, always begin by searching topic in MeSH, then apply subheadings/qualifiers

Consider restricting to MeSH Major topic.

NMU Library-created PubMed videos

How to Search using MeSH headings, and retrieve free/subscription online articles (5-minute video) (currently under revision)

How to Create an NCBI account in PubMed (guide) -- Highly recommended to grad students & faculty

How to Search using MeSH, and Save a Search + initiate updates using an NCBI account (5-minute video) (currently under revision)

Google Scholar (Always use this link--NMU partnership; results arranged by most-cited)

CINAHL Plus with Full-Text

THE database for researching all Nursing care topics (use also for finding care plans, patient ed. care pamphlets). 

For BEST results, avoid searching by keywords. Instead, always begin by searching topic in CINAHL Headings and apply subheadings.

Cochrane Library (THE resource for evidence-based health care research) - Reports, reviews, etc, on healthcare interventions. Provides evidence for and against the effectiveness and appropriateness of treatments
(medications, surgery, education, etc) in specific circumstances.

Wiley-created tutorials on how to search Cochrane (7 minutes total)

Other related databases

WestLaw (Federal & State statutes, regulations, court decisions, & law journals online full-text)



STAT!Ref -- CURRENT online medical books; Stedman's & Taber's dictionaries. Incudes Clinical Laboratory

Please remember to Logout when finished.

See Library's APA guide for example of how to format reference entry for STAT!Ref material.



**NEW** JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments


Locating Dissertations & Master's Theses (use this link for summer 2019)

Northern Michigan University Theses 

Print and Electronic Theses *some full text
The library catalog contains print and electronic theses for NMU, and a few from Finlandia University. You have two options for locating theses. One is to browse by subject area. The other is to use the Guided Search screen, where you can combine the term thesis with an author's name, keyword term (e.g. nursing), etc.

Electronic Theses Only [Fall 2006 - 2013] *full text 
NMU electronic theses are also contained in Proquest's Dissertations and Theses database. Since the library does not subscribe to the entire database, we can only search and view NMU theses. You cannot browse by department, but there are capabilities for locating theses by advisor, subjects (author assigned), and keywords (author assigned). Alternatively you can search using your own keywords.

NMU Theses [2014 - present] available in The Commons

Online Dissertations/Theses/Projects/Capstones

Google Scholar *some free full text
Google Scholar indexes theses and dissertations from throughout the world. Recommend including either "master's thesis", "doctoral thesis", or "doctoral dissertation" (as appropriate) for search wordsClick here for further information from ProQuest about searching for theses or dissertations in Google Scholar, Google, and Google Books.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Open Freely available  (PQDT Open) *free full text
PQDT Open is a repository of entire PDF full text open access dissertations and theses submitted to UMI ProQuest. Although few (< 20) open access were published between 1970-1999, over 13,000 are dated 2000 to present. There are multiple search options. Note: not all theses/dissertations from any specific institution are available here, but only those where the author chose to publish as open access.

Theses Canada Portal  *some free full text
The Theses Canada Portal contains print and electronic Canadian theses and dissertations. Most of the electronic documents are after 1998. Multiple search options are available.

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) *free full text
OpenDOAR is primarily a service to enhance and support the academic and research activities of the global community. OpenDOAR maintains a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories. Because more than theses or dissertations are found here, use either term (thesis or dissertation) when you search along with the subject.


Borrow print version for free

Search MeLCat to request dissertations & theses from Michigan universities. Note: the University of Michigan does not currently participate in MeLCat. Include the word dissertation or thesis or dnp or capstone in search phrase; look for pagination of "leaves" instead of pages. There is no fee charged to patrons when requesting through MeLCat.

Borrow print version through ILL using FindIt! button (might be free, but most likely will cost $$)

Worldcat Dissertations and Theses
Citations to theses and dissertations from over 20,000 libraries. WorldCat Dissertations & Theses is a subset of the WorldCat database.

Buy your own copy ($38 instant download)

Dissertation Express
Dissertation Express indexes dissertations and master's theses published 1861 - present. Search by keyword, author, title, or UMI publication number. Note: results are limited to 40 titles at a time, and do not contain abstracts. Does indicate Open Access (free PDFs), but unable to limit search to these. Users may order PDF, paper, or microfilm copy for a fee.


Need materials not held by the Library? [ NMU Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policies ]

Click here to search & request books & videos (not articles) through MeLCat

Click here to request articles, & materials not available in MeLCat
(allow minimum of 14 days)

Hospital Information & Statistics Sources

HCUPnet: Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project
(extensive stats!)

American Hospital Directory (includes basic stats for hospital)

America's Best Hospitals (rankings)

Evidence-based Practice Resources

AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse ACE Star (tm) EBP (UTHSCSA) Other EBP Resources

Zotero (FireFox & Chrome free research management tool, with MS Word add-in)

NMU Resolver (under Advanced Settings):

Alternative: ZoteroBib


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