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Nursing: Finding Articles, Journals and Books

Materials and information to support nursing education at SF State University

Catalog Subject Headings

These are a limited number of call #'s and subject headings:

R Medicine (General)

R 131-684 History of medicine

R 735-847 Medical education

RA Public aspects of education

RA 5-418 Medicine and state

RA 421-790 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive medicine

RB Pathology

RC Internal medicine. Practice of medicine

RD Surgery

RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology

RT Nursing

RZ Other Systems of medicine


Most Useful Nursing Databases

The databases our library subscribes to organize information about journals, magazines and newspapers and makes that information searchable. Many of the databases provide access to the article complete article online or links to it.

  • Nursing
    A list of the best databases our library has available to use when researching nursing related topics.
Access both PubMed and Google Scholar from the Library website to avoid the dreaded "Pay Wall".


If you want a book, video, CD or dovernment document, try the catalog - InvestiGator.

-Search by phrase "global warming": only items with the phrase "global warming" will be found.

-Search by keywords "crime" and "poverty" and "health": only items with the workd crime, poverty and health will be found.

-Search by author "last name"

-Search by subject: use a keyword and the catalog will do the work

Books not at SFSU

Use this icon in the catalog to find items that we do not have.



LINK+  a group of libraries that loan books. You can check-out a book from LINK+ as if it belongs to SF State. Books are usually available for check-out within 3-4 days after the request.

WorldCat  Search the catalog of over 10,000 libraries for the material you need and want!

Google Books  and if you still can't find what you are looking for try this - Google books. Click on the "About this book tab" and navigate to the right hand side to find this book in a library at From here navigate to SF State.



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Associate Librarian

Biology and Health Professions Subject Specialist

J. Paul Leonard Library, SF State

1630 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132-4030

Tel: 415/338-7395