Finding Library Resources


Have a topic for a paper? Start with a database.

Databases contain citations, abstracts, and often links to full text articles published in a range of journals.

Not sure which database to use?

Check out our featured databases


Evidence-based research to inform healthcare decision-making.


Full text drug information including dosing and interactions. Mobile apps available.


Have a citation for an article? Looking for a specific journal? Use the Journal/eBook Finder:


PubMed is much larger than CINAHL. Because most journals indexed in PubMed are peer reviewed, limiting your search to peer reviewed articles is not an option. However, with a little extra research, you can confirm that the journal the article appears in is peer reviewed.

1. Perform a search.


2. On the results page, click the "Limits" link below the search box.


3. In the Limits window, go to the "Dates" section, click the "Published in the Last" drop-down menu, and select how recently you want the articles to have been published.


4. Scroll down to the "Subsets" section and click checkbox next to "Nursing journals."


5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Search" button.


6. The limits you selected will be applied to your search. Your new results list will consist of articles published in nursing journals during the time period you specified. Note that the authors may or may not be nurses, but you can usually find out whether they are by doing a web search on the their name and institutional affiliation and looking for their bio.


7. You can usually confirm that the journal is peer reviewed by doing a web search on the journal title and looking at the journal's website.

Databases are an excellent resource for locating journal articles, reports and other information for your research topic. Below is a list of online databases and resources recommended by or subscribed to by the SMU Library. Tutorials and other guides are also included in this list.

Databases A-Z

For more information on database selection and searching, consult your librarians or the following guides:

The library provides access to several collections of electronic books (ebooks) which can be viewed using any web browser. While all of these ebooks are accessible on campus to everyone, most of them are available off-campus only to currently enrolled SMU students, staff, faculty, clinical faculty, and faculty emeritus. Off-campus access is gained by entering your SMU email name and password when prompted. (More info)

Browse all ebooks in the library's catalog

Browse ebooks by subject

To search for a topic across a collection of ebooks, click on one of the collections below. In the availability column, "SMU" indicates that an SMU login and password are needed for off-campus use, while "Open" indicates an open access resource available to everyone.

American Heart Association EbooksAdvanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual, Basic Life Support Provider Manual, PALSSMU
Books @ OVIDIncredibly Easy Series, Medical Terminology (English & Spanish), NursingSMU
Ebook CentralDrug Handbook, NursingSMU
EBSCOhostAnesthesia, SMU Community Reads 2017-2019SMU
R2 Digital LibraryFerri’s Clinical Advisor, Saunders Physical Therapy Board Exam ReviewSMU
STAT!RefDavis’s PA Exam Review, Davis’s NCLEX-RN, Davis’s Drug Guide, Lippincott’s Video Series Nursing, Physical TherapySMU
Bartleby.comLiterature, reference, verseOpen
MerckMerck manualsOpen
Martindale's Health Science GuideVirtual medical centerOpen
PubMed Bookshelf (NCBI Bookshelf)Biomedical booksOpen

To see the library's eBooks on a particular subject, click a subject below:

Alternative medicine
Critical care nursing
Cultural competency
Diagnostic imaging
Emergency treatment
Endocrinology & metabolism
Family health/medicine
Health policy
Infectious disease
Infusion therapy
Internal medicine
Management & leadership
Maternal-child health/neonatal/OB-GYN
Medical-surgical nursing
Mental health
Preventive care and medical errors
Surgery (general)

A list of articles in PubMed written by SMU faculty can be found here.
A list of publications in CINAHL written by SMU faculty can be found here.
A list of books and dissertations in the library's collection written by SMU faculty can be found here.

Here are items recently added to the library collections:

Course reserve materials are high-demand items, such as required texts, designated for limited circulation periods by Samuel Merritt University instructors.

You can find reserve materials by searching on course name, number, department, or instructor in the library catalog, or click here to browse all course reserve items.

Sacramento or San Francisco Peninsula students: contact your librarian for assistance with course reserve items.  Reserve materials are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis and may be renewed if no one else is waiting to borrow them.  Reserve materials may only be borrowed by Samuel Merritt University students, faculty, and staff.  To borrow a two-hour reserve item overnight, you must check out the item less than two hours before the library closes and return it by 9am the next morning.

To help you study and practice for license and certification exams, the libraries have developed a regularly updated collection of resources for each program. This collection includes NCLEX and USMLE review materials, as well as study materials for PT, OT, PA, NP, CRNA, Case Manager, and most specialized medical topics.

Click on your program to see a list of these materials:

Examples of NCLEX Resources Click on a book to see its location and availability.
Click here to see all of the Library's NCLEX resources.

Review Books

NCLEX-RN 2016 : strategies, practice & review with practice testCracking the NCLEX-RNSaunders comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examinationSandra Smith's review for NCLEX-RN

Q&A Books

Saunders Q & A review for the NCLEX-RN examinationDavis's Q&A review for the NCLEX-RN(r) examinationNCLEX-RN questions & answers made incredibly easy!Lippincott Q & A review for NCLEX-RN

Subject-Specific Books

Med-surg success : a Q&A review applying critical thinking to test takingMaternal-neonatal nursing made incredibly easy!Psychiatric mental health nursing success : a Q&A review applying critical thinking to test takingSaunders 2016-2017 strategies for test success : passing nursing school and the NCLEX examNCLEX-RN drug guide : 300 medications you need to know for the exam

Other Materials

The library provides online video content that can supplement and enhance demonstrations, discussions, readings, and other course materials. Faculty can link or embed video content directly in their Canvas courses. Click below to view video collections and individual titles available via the library, as well as high-quality free content.

Video TitleDescription
Born in the USAProvides an in-depth look at low-risk childbirth in America by presenting three different types of caregivers and settings: an obstetrician working at a teaching hospital, a licensed midwife attending home births, and a certified nurse-midwife bridging both worlds in an urban, out-of-hospital birth center. By examining the culture of birth practices in America, 'Born in the U.S.A'. raises questions about technology, safety and quality of care, and it challenges parents to be proactive about getting the kind of care they want and need.
Complaints of a Dutiful DaughterThis documentary chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's disease and the evolution of a daughter's response to the illness. The desire to cure the incurable--to set right her mother's confusion and forgetfullness, to temper her mother's obsessiveness--gives way to an acceptance which is finally liberating for both daughter and mother.
The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our NationThe first documentary series to explore how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable America.
Sick Around the WorldFive capitalist democracies around the world - Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Germany - all have health care systems that provide health care for everyone. They have higher life expectancies, lower infant mortality rates, and spend less money than the U.S. for health care. At any given time, at least 45 million Americans do not have health insurance. What lessons can the U.S. learn about health care from other countries?
Transgender TuesdaysThey came for the hormones and stayed for the healthcare. These are the pioneering patients of the first free clinic in the country for trans folks, 1993 in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. More than a film about a clinic, the filmmakers had access to the unvarnished stories of 12 courageous individuals, who share their life experiences in the "Bad Old Days" decade by decade—from the closeted 1950s, through the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s—all illustrated by amazing (and fun) archival imagery. The second half of the film shows what a difference the groundbreaking Transgender Tuesdays clinic made in the lives of the country's most medically underserved, misunderstood, and despised minority.
Unnatural CausesA medical detective story out to solve the mystery of what's stalking and killing us before our time, especially those of us who are less affluent and darker-skinned. These are slow deaths, the result of a lifetime of grinding wear and tear, thwarted ambition, segregation and neglect. But this is also a story of hope and possibility, of communities organizing to gain control over their destinies and their health.
Video CollectionDescription & Tutorials
AHRQ Patient SafetyNearly 50 videos describing key elements of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Toolkit (CUSP), a patient safety protocol used successfully by hospital intensive care units to reduce potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections, and more than 50 videos on TeamSTEPPS(r), a patient safety protocol developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense that lowers the risk of adverse events through better communications and teamwork skills.

Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination 

Bates’ Visual Guide delivers head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. The site features more than 8 hours of video content.
Blanchard and Loeb's PathophysiologyThis video series makes learning pathophysiology both interesting and easy by actually taking you on a journey inside the body for a better understanding of many diseases and conditions. You'll understand why diseases develop, how they progress, and what impact your interventions are having.
CDC Streaming HealthPublic health videos including documentaries, news segments, and public service announcements.
Clinical SkillsOver 900 nursing skills and procedures with detailed text, summary reviews, tests, checklists, illustrations, and video/animation demonstrations.
• Getting Started with Clinical Skills
KanopyOn-demand streaming videos on education, global studies, health sciences, and social sciences.
New England Journal of Medicine VideosDemonstration videos for various clinical procedures.
NIH VideoCasting and PodcastingNational Institutes of Health events, seminars, and lectures.
OVID Multimedia ResourcesMultimedia resources, including videos and images.
Proquest Video TrainingInstructional videos for nurses and other healthcare workers on a range of topics.
Stanford Health Video LibraryFeatures prominent doctors presenting the latest health research.