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Nursing Research Guide: Welcome


Welcome to the Library Guide for nursing research at TLU!


  1. Ask a librarian! Use the Ask a Question button at the side of the library website. If a librarian is available, it will launch a chat. If a librarian is not available, you can leave us a message. A big part of the librarians' job is helping students one-on-one with library research. Click here to learn more about the Nursing Liaison Librarian.
  2. Don't give up on an article, and don't pay for an article! Request it for free through Interlibrary Loan
  3. To access our online databases, start from the library website. Clicking through from the library website lets the computer know you're with TLU. Some databases will authenticate using your Microsoft 365 sign-on and some will ask you to enter your last name and TLU ID number. If you are having trouble accessing any database, email us at or use the Ask a Question button

1: Find background information in reference sources

Reference sources can provide background material and be a launching point for further research. Here are some examples.

2. Need books or ebooks? Search the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is the gateway to finding books. Most of our nursing books are ebooks.

3. Need articles? Search the databases

Databases allow you to find scholarly articles, disease overviews, care sheets, book chapters, and more. To see a full list of TLU's databases related to nursing, go to the Nursing Databases pageHere are a few of the key databases and tutorials:

Orientation video

Finding Instruments

Finding research instruments like questionnaires, tests, and scales can be challenging. Many of them are proprietary and must be requested from publishers. Some cost money to use. 

Here are some strategies for finding instruments:

  • Instruments are sometimes reprinted in research articles. They are usually appended at the end of the article. As you research your topic, keep an eye out for articles that include instruments! If you find an article where the authors describe an instrument that you want to use, but the full instrument isn't reprinted in the article, you can email the authors to ask whether they would be willing to share it with you. 
  • In CINAHL, look at the Advanced Search screen. After you enter your search terms in the top box, scroll down to the Publication Type menu. Choose "Questionnaire/Scale" and run the search. This will find articles that used questionnaires and scales. Some of the articles will include the reprinted questinnaire/scale, and some won't. There is not a way to limit your search to only articles that contain copies of instruments. 
  • Some instruments are available for free on the Web. Here is another library's list of some places to find instruments: 

Writing in APA Style

Writing in APA Style

Look at the book! Publication Manual of the APA. Use the index. (For example, if you find an article with an article number instead of page numbers, look up Article Number in the index.) The APA Style website has a lot of information, too.

The Purdue OWL APA Guide has lots of good examples. Ignore the pop-up ads and the auto-generator.

Use caution when working with automatic citation generators. The ones within databases (like CINAHL or PubMed) are often closer to correct than the ones on the open web.


Example in-text citation:

(Sultanoğlu, H. et al., 2022)

(Sultanoğlu, H. et al., 2022, p. 127) for an exact quote


Example reference list entry:

Sultanoğlu, H., Demir, M. C., & Boğan, M. (2022). Trends in geriatric trauma emergency department admissions during COVID-19. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 29(3), 125–130. 

Nursing Liaison Librarian

See all our Nursing guides

Ask a Librarian

Reference desk

TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.


During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian. 



Click on the Ask a Question tab on the right side of a library web page. It will bring you either to live chat, or to a place where you can leave a message. 


830-372-8100 (main desk)

Library directory (list of individual library staff and faculty)



Handout - Pyramid of resources

This PDF handout lists TLU's nursing resources according to the 6S model: Systems, Summaries, Synopses of Syntheses, Syntheses, Synopses of Studies, and Studies.

CITI Program Training

Follow this link to TLU's Human Subject Research (HSR) training, required for all Principal Investigators (student, faculty or staff) prior to submitting a protocol to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

--Using databases off-campus--

If you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your last name (Not your network username but last name only) and your 8-digit TLU number.

--Suggested Web resources--

--Evaluate and cite sources--

--Interlibrary Loan--

Need an item that our library doesn't own? No worries, you can email the title, author and date of what you need to or fill out a form. We can get most (but not all) articles within 2 days and many books within 4-8 days. 

For more information, visit our interlibrary loan page.

--Finding a particular journal--

Search for a particular journal: