Virtual Library Services
Academic Research Support Page
Database Access
For DCN Students: This link opens the DCN-LRC-Research-Write-Collaborate Webpage
The Learning and Information Reseach Network (LIRN) is a collection of databases and not a single one.
The two described below will best serve your DCN research needs:
  • ProQuest: A better "Health Sciences" focus utilizing 41 database subsets.
  • Gale Cengage: A wider range of data sets (Business, Law, etc.) and not just Health Sciences
  • To Conduct "Nursing" research, please select "ProQuest" as it will provide the best service.
    The EBSCO service accesses three databases:
  • CINAHL Complete: providing full text for more than 1,300 journals.
  • MEDLINE Complete: access to over 5,400 current biomedical journals.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection: Full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.
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    The R2 Digital Library is a web based database available from Rittenhouse Book Distributors. It offers fully integrated and searchable medical, nursing and allied health source book content from key health science publishers, on a web based platform.*
    Google Scholar
    You may enter text directly in the search box and use Google Scholar. This service uses real language searching so you can enter a full title of an article or specific phrase to get more accurate results.
    The NIH Web site serves the public by offering ready access to: Clinical studies; Health and wellness information; Information on obtaining research funding; Research resources and library resources; News, events, and educational activities related to NIH and its mission; Scientific program, policy, and planning documents; General information about the agency, its history, organizational structure, staff, and facilities.
    PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). As an archive, PMC is designed to provide permanent access to all of its content, even as technology evolves and current digital literature formats potentially become obsolete. NLM believes that the best way to ensure the accessibility and viability of digital material over time is through consistent and active use of the archive. For this reason, free access to all of its journal literature is a core principle of PMC.
    1) Medscape is a free medical information service but you must register yourself to use it effectively. Once registered, log-in with your credentials and your results will be e-mailed directly to you.
    * *2) The e-medicine Medscape gateway (more physician focused)...
    The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) links to articles and sources that provide free material in scholarly, peer-reviewed Academic Journals. You may search by subject, title, author, etc. - (see note below)
    * *Google Translate is a specific language translation service and is here because many journals found in the
    * *DOAJ are not written in English so opening this at the same time is advisable.