Concepts of Professional Nursing

The librarian for this class is  Ms. Bonnie Chojnacki.

Some of the databases listed on this page are for University of Akron students, faculty and staff only.

University Libraries Home Page


  • Ask a Librarian - e-mail or instant message a librarian.

  • Article Indexes and Databases - Using an index is an excellent way to find journal articles on a specific topic. You can use this link to access databases like Cinahl Plus with Full Text and Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition.

  • Connect to Online resources from Home (Off-Campus) - This link does not work for Vista. There is software that must be installed to establish the VPN using Vista (instructions). Be sure to read the entire WIKI including when the Cisco Client will not work.

    If you cannot connect using the VPN and you want to connect to Cinahl from Off-Campus, you can use OhioLINK Authentication. You can use OhioLINK Authentication for Cinahl because Cinahl is an OhioLINK Resource.

  • Renew Your Library Materials and View Your Library Record - All library notices are sent to your email account. Check this email account often or forward it to another email account.

  • Resources by Subject - Click on Nursing to get help with finding resources for nursing (Article Databases, web sites, style guides, etc.).

Background Information




  • A Library Catalog contains a list of materials owned by the library including -

    • Books
    • Periodicals (called "periodicals" since they are published over a period of time. Examples: newspapers, magazines, professional journals). Periodicals may be in bound form on the shelves (they look like books), unbound in the "Current Periodicals Room" (across from the circulation desk), or in electronic form (link to it online).
    • Government Documents
    • Electronic Resources

    A library catalog does NOT LIST ARTICLES found in periodicals (journals or magazines). You must find the title of the periodical, and check to see if we have a subscription to the journal at the time the article was published.

    • University of Akron's (UA)Libraries Catalog (ZipLINK). This is the first catalog to search when looking for materials.
    • OhioLINK Central Catalog: a statewide library and information network which allows sharing of library resources among dozens of Ohio colleges and universities. This is the second catalog to search when the University of Akron's (UA) Libraries Catalog does not have what you need. You can request available materials online through OhioLINK and pick them up in about 3 to 5 working days.

      • Example: Search for Concepts of the nursing profession
        • Not available in UA catalog
        • Click the OhioLINK button
        • 8 OhioLINK libraries own it
        • Click Request This Item to order it

    • Search UA Libraries Catalog by Title, Author, Author/Title, Subject, Keyword (Word), and others such as call number.

      • Subject Searching: finds materials about a particular topic. They are usually based on subject headings that are standard terms assigned by indexers, librarians, or authors.

        • Example: Nursing Philosophy

      • Keyword Searching: allows you to search anywhere in the catalog's list of records for the words you enter. It will search titles, authors, subject headings, and more.

        • Example: Nursing Theor*. See Nursing theorists and their work.

    • Interlibrary Loan (named ILLiad): Use when neither ZipLINK or OhioLINK have the materials you need. Use online order form. You will always use interlibrary loan to get journal articles not available at the University of Akron. Length of time to obtain materials varies depending on availability of material and the institution providing it.

Online Databases


  • Note: Be sure that you are using the Advanced Search tab

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text - This database covers virtually every nursing journal published.

    Use the CINAHL Headings tab to find subject terms. These Subject terms describe individual concepts. They are the words that the database recognizes for certain concepts. For example, CINAHL does not recognize the word "cancer." It uses "neoplasm" for that term. Remember this if you get no results from the search terms you are using!

    Example: Find a recent article about a "Nursing Theory":

    **If using OhioLINK Authentication, use the Alternate URL (see page in ZipLINK for CINAHL).**

    - After clicking on the CINAHL Headings tab (green menu), enter "Nursing Theory" into the search box (make sure Relevancy Ranked is selected).

    - Click on Browse

    - Click on "Nursing Theory"

    - Another page displays that shows Tree Views: a list of topics related to "Nursing Theory."

    - Click on "Nursing Models, Theoretical" to view narrower subject terms.

    Lets choose "Neuman Systems Model" as an example:

    - Click on "Neuman Systems Model"

    - It also lists Qualify Subheadings that can be added to your search. Do not check any at this time.

    - Click on the checkbox beside "Neuman Systems Model" if it is not checked and click on the Search Database button

    - View Title List - too many titles

    - Click Refine Search tab

    - Publication Year: 2003 to 2008

    - Peer Reviewed: Check

    - Journal Subset: Highlight "Nursing"

    - Language: Highlight "English"

    - Click Search. This results in a more manageable number of titles that you can browse through.

    - See "Nursing theory and clinical practice: how three nursing models can be incorporated into the care of patients with end stage kidney disease"

    - Click on PDF Full Text to access an online copy of the article.

    - See "Using the Neuman systems model for best practices"

    - Click the Find it button

    - A window pops up telling you that you can "View full text of this article in the EJC" - Click on that link to get an online copy of the article.

    - Look at another article - "Academic and clinical dissonance in nursing education: are we guilty of failure to rescue?"

    - Click the Find it button

    - A window pops up giving you the option to check our library catalog holdings. It shows that we have a subscription to the journal at the Science Library for the year of this article's publication: 2005. So we can find the article in the bound journal section of the library.

  • Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition - emphasis on nursing and allied health. Access to many full text journals as well as indexing and abstracts for over 600 journals

    Example: Find a recent article about "Neuman Systems Model":

    **If using OhioLINK Authentication, use the Alternate URL (see page in ZipLINK for Health Source).**

    - Enter search term "Neuman Systems Model" in search box

    - Limit to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals by checking the box

    - Limit to articles published since 2003

    - Click Search

    - See "Stressors in five client populations: Neuman systems model-based literature review"

    - Click on PDF Full Text to view the article.

    - See "A community nursing center for the health promotion of senior citizens based on the Neuman Systems Model"

    - Click on PDF Full Text to view the article.

    - See the BIBLIOGRAPHY at the end of the article

    - This will help you find MORE articles.

    - Print article (HTML: text only); (PDF: graphics included).

Tutorials & Guides


Style Guides


Internet Resources

Use web resource for research only as a last resort as it is often difficult to determine the authority and accuracy of the information. Please evaluate each website to make sure that it is authoritative.