Welcome to the Yale School of Nursing and Yale University. We are glad that you chose to be a nurse - there is no better time!
A great place to start for all of your information needs is the Nursing Information Resources web page. TIP: Be sure to connect your VPN before you start to use the resources on this page.
There is a fascinating history attached to the Medical Library that is worth reading. Read about the Library's history here.
1. Always use your critical thinking skills to appraise the scholarly literature that your read. Peer review isn't perfect, even though it's the best tool we have. So read journal articles, and everything else, with an open mind -- and with critical appraisal checklists for different study designs.
2. Usually, your Yale credentials will make it easy to access everything you want to read online. Now and again, there might be some hassle, like an incomplete citation... a book that's out of print... a journal with a pay-wall. If something is relevant to your education or research, don't give up! And don't pay for it, either; the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will get it for you, for free, ASAP.
3. The nursing librarian and the staff of the medical library are here to help you. It's good to ask questions, and it's ok if you're not an expert yet. Your time at Yale is the perfect time to develop the skills you'll need in your professional career in nursing, like literature searching and critical appraisal. We want to help you learn and practice these competencies.
Fall 2020 - Librarian Office Hours: Zoom via appointment
Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT CAN WE CHAT ABOUT?
• Finding articles and books for your topic/methods
• Literature searching
• Citation management
• Critical appraisal