Nursing Resources at Tech Library
- Databases are indexes of electronic information. This tab shows you how to access the databases particular to nursing, and all the resources they contain including many scholarly journals online.
- Use the Journals tab for information on finding and retrieving articles from our many online and print journals
- The Books tab helps you find our books, whether specific titles or just a section of the library
- To find sources for basic information, definitions, guides, handbooks, and directories, use the Reference & Government Sources tab.
- And information about how to do APA citations as well as research information and tips can be found on the Research & Citations tab.
When using the Internet for academic research, pay careful attention to the sites used. Below are questions to ask when evaluating content of Internet sites. Remember anyone can post anything to the Internet and no one controls its validity or accuracy. Every source needs to be assessed in some way, to determine if it has what you need and is worth your time and effort.
- What is the purpose of the website? Is it designed to sell a product or an idea? Is the information biased, does it have one point of view?
- Who published the information on the site? Determine the source of the information published. If there is no author listed or if the author is a corporation or other interest group, take care to analyze the information. If you are not familiar with the author, search for them using a search engine.
- Who is the audience? Most information on the Internet is aimed at a general audience and may not be useful for academic research. When using a site for academic research should make sure the information is presented at an academic level. If you think a site is suitable for academic research, compare its information with a trusted source to make sure it is reliable and accurate. Also, look for documentation of facts on a site-if the author does not document their information this is an indication that the site is unreliable.
- When was the site created/last updated? It is important to determine when a site was created or updated. If a site has not been updated in a long period this should raise a red flag to its validity.
Adapted from Tensen, Bonnie, L. (2007). Research strategies for a digital age. (Second Edition)
Is it Peer Reviewed?
Peer reviewed publications have been read and approved by scholars and professionals within the author's field prior to publication. Peer review indicates a higher quality of scholarship, and when doing research you should look for articles designated as peer reviewed.
How do you find out if an article is peer reviewed?
Check your journal in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory:
- Select Montana Tech Library under Library Selector.
- Select Advanced Search to the right of the large central search bar.
- Enter the title of the journal in the Title search bar.
- You can use the Limit Your Results option to narrow your search.
No result? Change “Title Exact” to “Title Keyword”.
Still no result? Look in the article information for the ISSN number, copy and paste it into the search box, and change your Ulrich’s advanced search to ISSN.
Several results? Look for the one with the closest or exact title, and which matches the publishing location given in the article information.
How do I know?
If the journal is peer-reviewed (or “refereed” as Ulrich’s calls it), you’ll see a little referee’s shirt (black and white striped) to the left of the title:
Still don’t know and really want to use the article? Ask a librarian!