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Using Background Sources for NSG 400

In NSG 400, you may be asked to discover and explore variations in definitions and the scope of meaning for a particular nursing concept across a variety of contexts and perspectives--for instance within different patient groups or practice settings, or from a philosophical, cultural, professional, geographic or language-related perspective. 

The background sources linked below are very well-suited for these purposes. They also provide you with useful keywords (including any technical or discipline-specific terminology) that you can incorporate into your database searches for articles.

Try These Multidisciplinary Background Sources

Each of the three background sources: Credo, Gale and Sage, are cross-searchable multi-disciplinary collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works. They make it easy to find, save and cite any useful definitions, explanations and overviews relating to your nursing concept (search using single words or very short phrases to find useful overviews, definitions and explanations).

Subject-Specific Background Sources

Find explanations and overviews on biomedical and clinically-related topics using these subject-specific background information resources: 

Background Sources include Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Guides & Other Reference Works