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N501: Transitions to CNL Graduate Education

This guide will introduce you to Gleeson Library resources that are essential for graduate nursing students. It includes links to select databases, as well as tutorials and guides. 

For a complete list of library resources for the RN to MSN student, see the Nursing: RN to MSN guide

Searching the Library Catalog

Find books and more in the library catalog. This brief video will demonstrate a simple keyword search in the library's catalog. 

Library Catalog: Basic Search video 

This brief video goes over how to do a simple keyword search in the library's catalog. 


Home Delivery and Interlibrary Loan

For more information on delivery options, see our Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Pages

Finding Articles: CINAHL

CINAHL, which stands for the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Research, is an essential tool for nurses, nursing students, and nurse researchers. CINAHL is your first choice for nursing research because it includes articles from hundreds of nursing journals. 

Introduction to Searching CINAHL

There are a few tricks that can make searching CINAHL easier and less frustrating- watch this quick video to learn those tricks! 

Connect to CINAHL 

More CINAHL Resources

A  printable guide to searching CINAHL, advanced search tutorials, and more in our CINAHL Resources Guide 

Finding Articles: PubMed 

PubMed is another essential database for nursing and health sciences research. PubMed contains information about millions of articles from thousands of biomedical journals. 

PubMed for Nurses

First, work through the PubMed for Nurses Tutorial created by the National Library of Medicine. It will take you about 15 minutes. 

Accessing the Full Text 

PubMed only contains information about articles, not the actual articles. To access the full text of articles you find in PubMed, use USF's Full Text Finder icon. Watch this brief video on using Full Text Finder. 

Search PubMed

More PubMed Resources

A printable guide to searching PubMed, advanced search tutorials, MeSH tutorials, and more in our PubMed Resources Guide

Reading Scholarly Articles 

Reading scholarly articles can be challenging, but like any other skill, does get easier with practice (and a few good strategies). 

Academic Writing

General grammar and writing books, as well as tools and resources to assist with writing literature reviews. 

Citing and Plagiarism

Knowing when and how to cite is essential academic knowledge. The following videos will discuss ways to ethically incorporate other's ideas into your writing, plagiarism, and citing. 


  • Avoiding Plagiarism: When should I cite a source? (video by by
  • What do I need to cite (video by by
  • In-text citations in APA 7th edition format overview
  • References in APA 7th edition overview

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the responsible and ethical use of information and properly cite information sources.


APA & Writing Resources

These videos provide an introduction to in-text citations and references in APA 7th edition format.

Additional APA 7th edition resources

USF's Learning and Writing Center: offering academic assistance to all USF students in the form of tutoring, writing assistance, individual appointments, and group workshops. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) Guide to APA: a general, easy to use overview of APA style and citations.


The following brief videos will get you started using RefWorks.