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Yale School of Nursing Library Orientation: Welcome

Tips and Tricks for getting started with the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library services and resources.

Your Library is Here to Help

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.

  • All of the Cushing/Whitney Medical librarians and staff are dedicated to your success in the discovery of evidence-based nursing practice. Take advantage of our online tutorials, training workshops, and one-on-one consultations (email me!).
  • I am working from home, as are most of the librarians in the Medical Library. At this point we are all Zoom proficient and ready to meet with you to help in whatever way we can. Email is the best way to reach me. So please do - at any time - with any question ( I have open office hours [days; times]

There is a fascinating history attached to the Medical Library that is worth reading.  Read about the Library's history here.

Also ... read about the prestigious history of the School of Nursing here and review the history in this online exhibit. You are following in the footsteps of many great nurses.


Three things to think about the literature in the health sciences.

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.

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.

Welcome to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Welcome to the Medical Library - from Your Librarian

Nursing Librarian

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Janene Batten
Subjects: Medicine, Nursing

Office Hours

Librarian Office Hours: Zoom via appointment

Email me!

• Finding articles and books for your topic/methods
• Literature searching
• Citation management
• Critical appraisal
• Publishing