Textbooks in the Library

DSC_8518-edit-compressedWhenever possible, I try to purchase your required textbooks electronically. Nursing and Medical texts are EXPENSIVE as you are well aware, I’m sure. So, if I can save you a few hundred dollars, I will do that. If I can’t get them electronically for one reason or another, I will purchase a print copy. Most of the time, the book cannot be checkout but it needs to be used in the library. I realize that is not very convenient; however, it does ensure the book is available in a fairly timely manner for all students.

If I am able to purchase the textbook as an eBook, I will bookmark it on the Books/eBooks tab on the nursing or PA page. In addition to textbooks, I have bookmarked direct links to various other eBooks and reference books that may be useful to you. eBooks such as Advanced Assessment (Goolsby), The Medical Interview, 5-Mionute Clinical Consult, Davis’s Drug Guide, Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, Nursing Diagnosis, and more.

If you have any questions about how to use the eBooks or access issues, please contact me.

Have a great term!




Got Nursing Theory?

Do you have an assignment that requires literature using a specific nursing theory? CINAHL has a simple way to find citations on specific nursing theories! Use CINAHL Headings. (Click on the image to enlarge).

CINAHL Headings


Add nursing theory into the search box and click the Browse button. nursing theory search

Click on the linked term Nursing Theory to open the search “tree”. nursing theory results

Under Nursing Theory in the list, find Nursing Models, Theoretical. nursing theory tree

Click on the tiny + sign to the left of the term.

nursing theory tree 2Here is a list of theories available as a subject search in CINAHL. Find the theory you want in the list and click the box to the far left of the theory.

Scroll to the top of the page and click the green Search Database button! search button


Questions? Just ask!



Celebrate Physician’s Assitant Week!


National Physician’s Assistant week occurs on October 6-12th. It began in 1987, 20 years after the first class of PA’s graduated from Duke University. We take this week to appreciate the contributions that Physician’s Assistants have made to the health of the nation. According to the American Academy of Physician’s Assistants, there are more the 108,500 Certified PA’s in the United States.

Historically, PA’s have been a staple in all 4 branches of the American military. They haven’t always been called Physician’s Assistants but their duties were similar to those of today’s PA’s. The first four PA candidates accepted into Duke’s PA program back in 1965 were former Navy Medical Corpsman.

Happy Physician’s Assistant Week!





Finding Full Text Articles

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The University of Detroit Mercy Library has access to many, may articles and journals that are not linked through databases like CINAHL and PubMed. To obtain the full article, you must go through the library website. I have put together a handout that will walk you through the steps to take to get to the full article.



If something isn’t clear or you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jill Turner, Librarian


Welcome Back!


Welcome Back! Exciting things are happening at the university and library in particular. We are moving things around and making space to share with new colleagues. Our new and vastly improved catalog has gone live. And, there have been a few changes to some of the online products we subscribe to, namely RefWorks.

If you have any questions or need assistance please ask! I look forward to seeing you!



Detroit Mercy Library Gets a New System

PrimoYou may not have noticed yet, but the Detroit Mercy Libraries have a new library catalog. Yet, it is so much more than just an online catalog. The new system will make searching for library resources like books and journals much easier, but also, finding full articles will be much simpler than before. The system (called Primo) went “live” yesterday, so there are quite a few bugs that need to be worked out and corrected over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for further information and tips and tricks for using the new system.

As always, if you need assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Cancer Research as Art

The National Institute of Cancer has a digital library of photographs and illustrations called Visuals Online. The collection currently contains over 3,383 images. One specific collection is entitled NCI Cancer Close Up 2016. These images are microscopy-aided photos taken by cancer researchers at NCI’s various cancer centers throughout the country. NCI asked researchers to submit the photos that were taken as part of their research studies. At last count their were 85 photos showing an array of cancer cells such as:

The pictures are fascinating, and as the Washington Post put it, “deadly and beautiful”. Along with being weirdly captivating, they serve an underlying purpose. They demonstrate the progress made in cancer research and are displayed at cancer conferences. They are exhibits of potential treatment avenues and examples of cancer cell physiology.

Additionally, most of the images are in the public domain, meaning they can be freely used.





PubMed Evidence Based Practice Filters/Limits

PubMed tabSome databases call them “Limits”; PubMed calls them “Filters”. Filters … limits… whatever the terminology, allow searchers to restrict a search to specific criteria in their resulting articles. Filters are a way to reduce the number of articles that a search retrieves. For example, by activating the English language filter, you are telling PubMed that you only want articles that are written in English; PubMed then eliminates from your results those articles that are written in languages other than English.

There are quite a few filters that are available in PubMed: sex, publication dates, journal categories, and more. They appear on the left side of the search results webpage. Evidence based practice filters are located under the Article Types category, the first option in the left hand column. To see a complete listing of options, you must choose the Customize link. A pop-up box of Article Type options will appear.

PM Filter w-arrowGo through the list and choose the following options by clicking on the boxes to the left of the terms: Clinical Study, Comparative Study, Evaluation Study (for processes), Meta-analysis, Systematic Review, and Validation Study (if appropriate to your topic). By choosing Clinical Study, you will also automatically get Clinical Trial, Controlled Clinical Trial, Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, and Observational Studies. Once you have chosen the article types, click the blue Show button at the bottom of the box. This places the Article Types in the list on the left side of the page, but does NOT activate them. You must then click each term individually to activate the filter. Once the filters are “activated”, a notice will appear above your search results.

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Need help? Please ask!


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