There are a variety of types of resources you can use in order to locate relevant research material. Determine what type of research (books, articles, reviews, case studies, videos) you require and then search the appropriate resource. If you are searching for books, search DELCAT Discovery). Searching for articles? Take a look at one of the databases listed below for nursing. Depending upon your research topic, it may be necessary for you to look in resources that are not nursing specific, but rather more general health or science based databases.
Use these databases to locate articles and other resources relevant for nursing topics and research
Books and other materials not held by the UD Library may be obtained by Interlibrary Loan. This service is available to UD faculty, students, and staff.
Requests may be submitted by going to Interlibrary Loan.
Books are important sources of basic information on a topic, providing necessary definitions, background ifnormation, and statistics and are often more general in nature. They can provide a foundation for research which can be supplemented by more current information from journal articles. Books also often contain useful bibliographies which may lead to additional research material. To locate books, use DELCAT Discovery, the library catalog and discovery service.
The UD Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to arrange books and print journals on the shelves. This system uses letters and numbers to complete the Call Number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library.
To browse for books:
MEDICAL CALL NUMBER AREAS
|R - Medicine, General||RA - Public Aspects of Medicine||
RB - Pathology
|RC - Internal Medicine||RD - Surgery||RE - Opthamology|
|RF - Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)||RG - Gynecology & Obstetrics||RJ - Pediatrics|
|RK - Dentistry||RL - Dermatology||RM - Therapeutics, Pharmacology|
|RS - Pharmacy||RT - Nursing||RV - Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine|
|RD99 - RD99.35- Surgical Nursing|
|RE88 - Ophthalmic Nursing|
|RJ245 - RJ247 Pediatric Nursing|
|RT1 - RT120 Nursing (General)|
|RT89-RT120 Specialties in Nursing|
Using these steps makes it easier to apply current quality evidence from research in clinical and healthcare decisions.
A commonly used format for creating a clinical question is known as PICO which refers to:
P =Patient population of interest
I =Intervention/issue of interest
C =Comparison of interest
O =Outcome of interest
Example: Among the elderly, can yoga help reduce accidental falls?
P = Elderly
I = Yoga
C = Patients not doing yoga
O = Reducing accidental falls
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