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Postgraduate Nursing: Sources of information

formerly Master of Nursing

Sources of information - Introduction

There are various sources of information you might need to use in your assessment tasks and research. What you need and where you find it will depend on the context of your question. Always evaluate the information you are using!

Journals and journal articles are a primary source for recent research, and increasingly various forms of grey literature are considered a very important source of evidence (as long as they are well evaluated).

SOURCE TYPE Use this source to... The best place to look...
Book (or eBook) Get an overview or background on a topic, or indepth information on a broad topic Primo Search (see below)
Journal article Find the latest research on your topic in detail Journal databases
Clinical guidelines Identify current recommendations for clinical practice Check our grey literature guide and the grey literature tab of this guide.
Policy documents Identify legal and mandated processes and procedures for clinical practice Professional organisation website, government health website.
Websites Familiarise yourself with the topic, find background information, locate reports and other grey literature Grey literature guide and grey literature tab of this guide.
Reference material Find factual and statistical information on a topic, find definitions, find synonyms for concepts so you can search more thoroughly. Primo search, and see below right for some links to nursing and health dictionaries


Primo Search

Use Primo Search to find information your topic:

  • After you have run a search, use the Refine My Results panel to limit to specific types of resources like books
  • For more tips on using Primo Search, see the Primo Search Help Guide.
  • For more information on borrowing, see the Library's Borrowing webpage.

Sources of information

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