Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks: Nursing

When you are doing research on a topic, you will often require a quick definition of a term, a specific fact, or condensed, detailed information about particular topics. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and manuals covering nursing topics include:

e-CPS (RxTx)

CPS Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties
Contains monographs for products and medical devices with a drug component available in Canada. Also includes a brand and generic index, a therapeutic guide, patient information, manufacturer's index, and a Clin-Info section for health care professional.
REF: RS141.23.C6

RxFiles is an academic detailing program providing objective, comparative drug information to clinicians.  This resource is a practical tool for evidence based and clinically relevant drug use information throughout Canada, serving health providers and educators through newsletter reviews, Q&As, Trial Summaries, and up-to-date drug comparison charts.  The clinical relevance of these materials comes from their initial focus as academic detailing tools for the front line practitioner wanting to provide the best possible drug therapy for their patients. [description from database website]

Dictionary of Nursing 6th ed. 2014 (Oxford)
Also contains entries from medicine, surgery, anatomy, physiology, psychiatry, nutrition, and pharmacology. Entries are written by nursing and medical specialists.

Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research 4th ed.
E-book 2011

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics
This revised edition includes coverage for bioinformatics, clinicaltrials, computation, genetics, Bayesian methods and applications, modeling the spread of diseases, and measurement of health care status.

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (2011)
Contains articles on topics of relevance to both professionals and students, including explanations of key terms and concepts.

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health 3rd ed. (2013)

Brunner & Suddarth's Handbook of  Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
Stacks   RT41.T46 2014

Nursing 2012 Drug Handbook
Emphasizes the clinical aspects of drugs, including nursing considerations and patient teaching for each entry.
REF: RM301.12.N87 2011

Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia 
E-book 2012

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing
REF: R121.S8 2011

Peterson’s Guide to Nursing Programs
Information on nursing programs in the United States and Canada, for Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels.
REF: RT79.P48

Health titles which may also be of interest:

Conn’s Current Therapy
REF: RM101.C87 2015

Encyclopedia of Elder Care: the Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care 3rd ed.
E-book 2014

Encyclopedia of Family Health
E-book 2011

Encyclopedia of Health Services Research 
E-book 2009

Oxford Reference Online
Provides top-quality authoritative information on every subject from a variety of general and subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and chronologies. Searches may be done across specific books, across subject areas, or across the entire database. Health titles include The Oxford Companion to the Body, The Oxford Companion to Medicine, Dictionary of Nursing, Concise Medical Dictionary, An A-Z of Medicinal Drugs.


Compiled by: Dawn Hooper, B.Sc., M.L.S.
Liaison Librarian for Nursing
Phone: (902) 566-0453
Date Revised: 03-September-2015