Hitting the [e]Books: Essential Library Resources for Nursing Students


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The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is located in Abbott Hall on South Campus.

Greetings from your Nursing Subject Specialist – also known as your Nursing Librarian!

2016 marks my 30th year of working at the University and the Health Sciences Library. As a graduate of the School of Nursing, I practiced clinically in adult health nursing for a decade before deciding to obtain a library science degree and marry my two loves – librarianship and nursing. Happily, it’s been a delightful and satisfying pleasure to support the diverse and exciting research needs of nursing scholars at all levels ever since.

As a large research institution, the University at Buffalo offers a vast array of information resources. We support the research needs of many health professions. I relish helping nurses in particular to navigate the library landscape. It continues to be a privilege to be an active participant in the evolving profession that is nursing. Consider me your experienced shepherd in the process of keeping up with the complex information world!

Essential Databases for Nursing Students

The UB Libraries provide access to hundreds of databases. Here are some essential electronic resources for nursing students at UB and beyond.


PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. (You’ll be happy to know that just last month, the National Library of Medicine – the largest biomedical library in the world and producer of PubMed – appointed the first nurse and woman as director of this venerable institution!) UB’s access to PubMed seamlessly connects you to our robust E-journal holdings for full-text retrieval or connects you to Delivery+, our enhanced free and fast document delivery service. This superb access benefits scholars in undergraduate and higher level research-intensive courses alike.  


CINAHL is a premier and essential database for nurses at all levels and provides authoritative coverage of the Nursing literature. It dovetails with a companion resource – Nursing Reference Center Plus is a comprehensive reference tool designed to provide relevant clinical resources to nurses. 

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Also pertinent for all health care practitioners is our full text access to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This database provides gold standard reviews of the effects of interventions for treatment, prevention and rehabilitation in health care. 


As you may know, we do not have one University teaching hospital; we have many in the area. HUBNET – Hospitals and University at Buffalo Library Resource Network – offers an amazing array of health information resources and services to support patient care and consumer health, health professional education, administrative decision making, and research. The electronic books available will impress you! Extremely useful for advanced practice nurses is access to Clinical Key and UpToDate, which provide extensive filtered and distilled evidence-based, clinical point-of-care resources. 

My colleagues and I are here for you. Consult with us in a variety of ways: chat, text, Skype, email, or phone. You can also stop by and find us – and a wealth of additional materials and educational services – at the Health Sciences Library.

As your library-based colleague, I am knowledgeable and eager to support your research needs. I look forward to helping you.

Health Sciences Library
Abbott Hall, University at Buffalo