Library Resources for Nursing

Electronic Reference 

This is a sampling of books from our reference collection that may be helpful. If you are off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Looking for articles 

The most important index to journals and other materials for nursing and allied health is CINAHL, the Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. CINAHL is accessed through EBSCOhost.

Accessing CINAHL 

Use the library's database page or go directly to: CINAHL indexes over 1,200 nursing and allied health periodicals. To access new articles not yet included in the CINAHL database, use Pre-CINAHL by clicking on the "Choose Databases" tab at the top of the CINAHL screen. Pre-CINAHL has keyword searching only.

If you are accessing CINAHL from off-campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

How to use CINAHL 

The tutorials available here will guide you through the process of:

  • using the CINAHL headings
  • refining your search
  • interpreting the results.

If you already have some familiarity with the database, and can access it and interpret results, you may wish to concentrate on just the CINAHL headings and on refining the search.

The search process described in the tutorials below below will work for anybody, but the instructions have been optimized for Chemeketa Community College nursing students, to supply the skills needed to find appropriate articles that fit the criteria of the program.

The audiovisual Breeze tutorials in the list below are best suited to broadband connections. If you are using a dialup connection, you may wish to use the page How To Get Started Using CINAHL Effectively, where the same information is covered in a handout. Be sure to look at the "Frequently asked questions" section for important information.

  1. Using the CINAHL headings (4 minutes, 15 seconds) shows step by step how to use the CINAHL Headings to conduct a powerful, focused search in the Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.

  2. Refining your CINAHL search (5 megabytes, 4 minutes, 57 seconds) This presentation teaches how to limit a search in the Cumulated Indes to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, finding only articles that have references in Chemeketa nursing journals.

  3. Interpreting search results in CINAHL - (7 megabytes, 5 minutes, 58 seconds) This tutorial teaches how to interpret search results in the Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and how to obtain articles.

The library also offers a short video on How to search in CINAHL for evidence-based articles.

Accessing MEDLINE 

Use the library's database page or go directly to in order to be able to filter the results by Chemeketa-held journals.

How to use MEDLINE 

These brief videos should provide a refresher on using the MEDLINE databases to find evidence-based articles —

Nursing journals 

Chemeketa subscribes to many nursing journals. Some paper subscriptions have now been converted to electronic journals. Articles indexed in CINAHL (the Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) have links to the full text of articles.

Some paper journals (those not on 4-hour reserve) can be requested through the catalog and sent to your local public library (See below).

To make things a little easier, here are some lists:

Nursing journals on Ovid 

Chemeketa subscribes to over 40 nursing journals in electronic form on Ovid Nursing Full Text. You can access articles through CINAHL, or go directly to the journal from the list below. Off campus users will need their My Chemeketa user name and password.

      Bullet indicating importance Access Ovid
      Bullet indicating importance Title List of Ovid Journals

Nursing journals on ScienceDirect 

Chemeketa subscribes to approximately 900 journals the Health Sciences Collection on ScienceDirect College Edition.


Chemeketa's library has many books on nursing and related topics. Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

If you are accessing e-books from off campus, you will need your MyChemeketa user name and password as a login.

Limit your search to printed books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.

Career help 

Learning Express is a database that includes, tutorials and test preparation materials. It includes nursing school exam prep and career guidance (in the Allied Health section of Jobs and Careers). You can log into Learning express through Chemeketa's database pages, or through another library in Oregon. You must create a free account the first time you log in. Learning Express is provided by the Oregon State Library.

Resources for clinical 

The library has a quick guide to research for evidence-based practice for students in clinical.

Library help 

The librarians are happy to assist you.

  • Questions about your account: (checked out materials, obtaining a barcode, overdues, etc.) - Please call Circulation at 503.399.5043 or email Circulation.
  • Questions about finding information or resources: - Get in touch with Reference.

To comment or request help, please e-mail Reference or call 503.399.5231.

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Updated 9 January 2014