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Library Services for Nursing

Collections and Access (Books, Journals, Databases, and More)

When an online resource or access from off-campus isn’t working:

Get a copy of a journal article or book the ETSU libraries don’t have:

Suggest the libraries purchase a journal, book, or other resource:

General Questions

General questions can be directed to Sherrod Library:

Visiting the Library

Faculty and Nursing graduate students are welcome to visit and study in both the Sherrod Library and the Medical Library (VA Bldg 4, Fourth Street, VA campus).

Instruction and Orientation

Sherrod Library Instruction Request:
https://libraries.etsu.edu/use/instruction/request
  • Because library instruction is often in high demand at peak periods of the academic year, please make your request at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.
  • Please provide a clear description of the course/session objective, amount of in-class time available, number of sessions needed, and whether a gradable exercise is needed.
  • Sessions can range from single-session instruction on resources and basic searching to more in-depth or multi-session discussion of topics such as evidence-based healthcare, advanced literature searching, how to read and evaluate nursing literature, or health literacy.
  • Faculty are welcome to propose other topics or request a consultation to discuss their course needs and how our librarians can help meet these needs.

Research Help

To get support for your research:

  • Resources to support your inquiry
  • Search strategies to identify relevant literature
  • Help defining answerable questions in the literature

Contact Sherrod Library via refdesk@etsu.edu 

Clinical Support

If you need evidence-based resources to inform your clinical care or case-based teaching:

  • Contact the Medical Library via medref@etsu.edu.
  • Please indicate the needed turnaround time and whether your question is for an urgent patient-care decision (this email is only monitored on weekdays), knowledge building for future similar cases, or to support case-based learning for a specific classroom/learning session.
  • All of our medical librarians are HIPAA-trained for discussing real cases and can recommend specific articles that best answer your clinical questions. It is helpful to receive clinical questions in a PICO format but this is not required.

Research Partnerships

On a very limited basis during 2020-2021, the Medical Library is willing to review requests for librarian participation as co-investigators or study staff in faculty and graduate student research focusing on health literacy, patient education, patient information behaviors and needs, evidence-based nursing, literature reviews, and other topics with an information use/behavior component. 

The Medical Library has expertise in co-authoring systematic reviews but currently does not have adequate staffing to support multiple simultaneous systematic review projects. We can provide feasibility guidance such as education on the steps involved in a systematic review, resources required, defining an answerable non-redundant question, and when a systematic review is or is not appropriate. Partnership on systematic reviews may be possible in an extremely limited number of cases for well-defined questions that are very limited in scope/body of evidence (due to time- and resource-intensive nature of these projects).

Research partnership requests should go directly to the Associate Dean/Medical Library director Rachel Walden via waldenrr@etsu.edu.