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NUR 200: Intro to Professional Nursing: Reference Sources

Why Use a Reference Book?

Reference sources are invaluable for defining key concepts, providing brief overviews of a subject, and identifying major theories and research developments. They can provide you with the background you need to select and develop a topic of research, or help you explore internship or career opportunities.

Reference Sources

These books are helpful for an overview of a topic. For a comprehensive list, consult the Nursing LibGuide.

Dictionary of American Nursing Biography
(POR Reference RT34 .D53)
Contains 196 biographical sketches including nineteenth-century pioneers and more recent innovators involved in the nursing profession.

Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Allied Health
(POR/LEW Reference R121 .M65)

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
(POR Reference RT21 .G353)

Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
(POR Reference RB38.2 .K44)

Physicians Desk Reference
(POR/LEW Reference RS75 .P5)
Drug descriptions based on information published by the pharmaceutical companies.