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Get your research off to a good start!

Use these online encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks & other reference sources to help you get off to a great start with your research!

If you're still looking for a topic or needing inspiration, try searching some of the great news sources listed on the 'News & Issues' section of this research guide.

Featured Background Resources (Multi-Disciplinary/General)

These three resources provide useful clinical and scientific definitions, explanations and overviews, while also offering a convenient and efficient way to explore your nursing topic within different disciplinary contexts and perspectives (e.g. sociological, socio-economic, psychological, ethical, philosophical).

Additional Background Sources - General Clinical, Health, Medicine

In addition to Credo, Gale & Sage, here's an additional selection of clinically-oriented resources for finding definitions and explanations to support your nursing studies or research. 

Additional Background Sources - Mental Health & Psych

In addition to searching across whole collections of encyclopedias and handbooks (e.g. Credo, Gale, Sage), you may find it helpful to search within any of these single-title encyclopedias with a focus on psychological & mental health.