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Last Updated: Jul 30, 2016     Views: 6781

Your question's a good one and although what follows might not seem initially to answer what the benefits are of using one nursing database over another, I think by providing you w/ database coverage description will help you determine the benefits based on your particular research needs.

Just a reminder: For off-campus access, you'll need your library barcode.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature)

  • Provides indexing for more than 3,000 English-language journals and publications in the fields of nursing and allied health, including complete coverage of nursing journals and publications published by the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association;
  • Contains more than 2.3 million records dating back to 1981;
  • CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines;
  • Also offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. 

OVID Premier Nursing Journals Plus Nursing@Ovid

  • Indexes over 400 nursing and allied health journals from all over the world;
  • Full-text access to 14 highly-cited journals published by leading publishers, including premier titles from one of the world's biggest names in nursing publishing: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW).

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

  • Contains over 250 full text journals in the fields of nursing, community health sciences, communications disorders and other health-related disciplines;
  • Full text begins in the early to mid 1990's, but indexing goes back to the early 1980's.

PubMed with links to UMass Boston holdings

  • Comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature* from the US National Library of Medicine's prestigious MEDLINE database, as well as from life science journals and online books;
  • Indexing of articles (back to 1948) from approximately 5,400 biomedical journals published both in the US and more than 80 other countries;
  • Also links to some free, open-access full text;
  • *Covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences.