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Key Databases for Nursing

Journal articles provide current information. Researchers and commentators often first report their findings and ideas in a journal. Databases are a good place to start searching for online journal articles.

  • CINAHL Complete  Icon
    CINAHL Complete provides access to nursing and health information for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers.
  • Medline Complete  Icon
    MEDLINE with Full Text provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
  • Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition
    This database provides access to nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.
  • Health Collection (formerly Meditext)  Icon
    Content from the Australasian region, includes research articles, reports & case studies of practical support to anyone studying or working in therapeutic, diagnostic & preventative health roles.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) via Ovid  Icon  Icon
    An excellent Australian online resource to utilise evidence-based information in clinical decision making processes.
  • APAFT - Australian Public Affairs Full Text  Icon
    APAFT is an indexing and full text database that provides access to journal articles in the social sciences and humanities. Particularly useful for Indigenous Health issues
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
    ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health SourceTM provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and more. This database is for healthcare researchers and users at nursing and allied health institutions. ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source provides abstracting and indexing for more than 1,015 titles, with over 860 titles in full-text, plus more than 12,300 full text dissertations representing rigorous scholarship in nursing and related fields.
  • BMJ Best Practice  Icon
    Best Practice (from BMJ Evidence Centre) provides healthcare professionals with access to reliable, up-to-date information for making diagnosis and treatment decisions. This resource combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach and covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Best Practice is a patient-centered, point-of-care resource that can quickly provide a "second opinion".
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Collection  Icon
    Australian content in the humanities & social sciences fields. It includes full-text content from a range of journals, books, conference proceedings, research papers & reference materials.
  • Journals@Ovid  Icon
    The full text databases included in ACU Full Text Journals@Ovid are PsychArticles , Full Text Nursing Collections I & II and Full Text Mental Health Collection.
  • Nursing Resource Center
    Brings together disease & drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results & animated anatomy & physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts.
  • Health & Medical Complete
    Coverage from leading health journals & essential medical journals in key medical specialties.
  • AMED - Alternative Medicine
    Alternative treatments - including complementary medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, podiatry, palliative care, & more.
  • British Nursing Index
    British Nursing Index is a leading database for support of practice, education, and research for nurses, midwives, and health providers in the UK or following UK practice. It provides references to literature in the most relevant nursing and midwifery journals. Also included are relevant nursing articles from selected medical, allied health, community and health management journals. Coverage is mainly titles published in the UK, plus a selection of important international nursing titles.
  • Cochrane Library  Icon
    Consists of detailed, structured topic reviews of hundreds of articles. Teams of experts complete comprehensive literature reviews, evaluate the literature, and present summaries of the findings of the best studies. Published by the International Cochrane Collaboration.

Mental Health specific databases


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    Over 25 million indexed records & more than 7,600 currently indexed peer-reviewed journals covering international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present.

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    Search Google Scholar

    Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

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    How to add Find it@ACU to Google Scholar

    Many of you may already be using Google Scholar as it provides a simple, convenient way to search across a broad range of scholarly literature.

    You might have noticed that on campus we have set up Google Scholar to link to full text electronic material our library has access to.

    Did you know that it is also possible to do this from home by setting your Google Scholar Preferences? This will save you time and allow you to search across many resources at once from off-campus.

    From the Google Scholar homepage (

    1. Go to Settings (top right of the screen)
    2. On the left of the screen select Library Links
    3. In the search box type “Australian Catholic University”, then click ‘Find Library’
    4. The ACU Library will appear in the Library list.  Tick the check box next to the "Australian Catholic University - Find it@ACU"
    5. Click Save

    Now when you search Google Scholar your results list will include Find it@ACUlinks to connect you to the full text articles for which we can provide access.

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