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Nursing Resources

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Background reading is an essential starting point to any research project.  The purpose of background reading is to get an overview of your topic, and to begin to become acquainted with the key terms, names and events associated with your topic. 


A good place to begin your background reading is to find and read an article in a subject-specific reference book. 


The Berntsen Library collects reference books in both print and online formats. 

Print reference books for background reading

These subject-specific reference books are available at the Berntsen Library.  They are worth a trip to the library in order to get a concise, authoritative overview of your topic as you begin your research.  If you haven't yet decided on a topic for your paper or project, browsing through these books can give you some good ideas.

Reference collections

 Reference books in print format are located on the Main Level of the Berntsen Library. 


Browse call numbers in the 610s to find reference resources for medicine and health.


Print reference books are located on the main level of the Berntsen Library