Searching Basics

The library has created these tutorials as another way of helping you use the various resources that are available for research. Each one goes over searching that resource step-by-step, with screen captures. There will be repetition among the tutorials, as each one was created to stand alone. Other guides will be added as requested. Please feel free to ask for help at any time.

Library Catalog

Using the Catalog How to find books, journals, and some electronic material the library holds.
Finding Journals How to find out whether the library has specific journals and magazines.




CINAHL – NURS 1000 Nursing and allied heath database. Use this for the ethics paper. 
CINAHL – NURS 2501 Nursing and allied health database. Use for the disease paper.
CMMC Communication database.
ERIC Education database.
LRC Literary Reference Center, a literature database which includes popular and scholarly books, reference works, articles, and other sources.
MLA International Bibl.  The standard index for journal articles in literature and modern languages.

Other Companies

CQ Researcher Current events newsletter/database. Great for speeches or papers.
Lexis-Nexis 1 Database with many aspects. Focused on finding newspaper articles.


Outside Guides & Tutorials

These were not created by the Library, but are quality guides and tutorials to help you with your assignments and projects.

Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
This tutorial "teaches you how to evaluate the health information that you find on the Web. It is about 16 minutes long." You will need Flash. It can also be downloaded for use without the Internet, if you don't have access at home.

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
Gives questions and content to look for, when searching for health information online.