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NURS100: NURS100

Class page for students enrolled in NURS100

Conducting Research

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.

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Interlibrary Loan

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


Use RefWorks to save citations and create a bibliography and footnotes in seconds! Remember to sign up for your RefWorks account prior to the 'second' Library Instruction Session.

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Finding Books

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:


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

Library of Congress - Medical Call Number Range Information

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Evidence-Based Nursing - PICO

The evidence based nursing (EBN) serves to help professionals make informed decisions by learning from what others in the field are learning and researching.

Using these steps makes it easier to apply current quality evidence from research in clinical and healthcare decisions.

  • Formulate answerable clinical questions   
  • Search for the best evidence
  • Critically appraise the evidence
  • Integrate evidence into practice
  • Evaluate the results
  • Disseminate the evidence


A commonly used format for creating a clinical question is known as PICO which refers to:

=Patient population of interest

=Intervention/issue of interest

C =Comparison of interest

=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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