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Nursing: Articles/Databases

A selection of excellent Nursing resources to help you with your studies

Finding Journal Articles

There are three main ways to find the articles you need:

  • Search Ara Library databases for articles on your subject. (Use this method to find your own articles for an assignment).
  • Look for a particular article from a recommended reading list. (Use this method if you have a reading list with the details of an article, e.g. author, article/journal title). 
  • Use Google Scholar to find articles in Ara databases. (Use this method to find open access scholarly articles as well as articles in some Ara databases). 
    • Using Google Scholar to find articles in Ara databases [PDF] [Video] 

Journals - New Zealand and Pacific

Māori Health Review is a regular update that features the latest research in the Māori Health area.

Searching Joanna Briggs Institute database

Searching Science Direct

Recommended Databases

Searching CINAHL

Guides to search CINAHL effectively

Searching Pubmed

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). All NIH articles are available in full text. For articles with no full text, search for the journal title in  Library Search to see if Ara own it or contact for help.  

Here are links to some interactive Pubmed video and print tutorials for effective searches:

Lippincott Apps

 Use your Moodle / Ara network username and password if prompted.

Use these instructions to set up the Lippincott Procedures App  on Apple and Android devices  - PDF

Access evidence-based content for nurses including diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments, signs and symptom s and nursing care plans. Written by nurses. 

Use these instructions to set up the Lippincott Advisor App  on Apple and Android devices - PDF


Ara Database and Information guides

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.