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Nursing: Research Tools

Guide created for students in the HCC Nursing Program

Library Resources

This page highlights specific types of resources available in several different formats through the HCC Libraries system.  For research assistance, please contact one of the following HCC Librarians:





Dale Mabry Diane Grey (813) 253-7378
Plant City Karen Dufraine (813) 757-2121
South Shore Roxanna Palmer (813) 253-7000 ext 5744

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Reference Books

Reference Books are a great place to start when learning about a new topic.  Reference materials define a term, provide background information and can also expand the definition by providing other key terms that can be used for potential research keyword search terms.

Physicians Desk Reference

The Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) is no longer being printed in book format, however, you can now browse their website by drug name and download a free Mobile APP through the PDR's website.  See the link below for more information.

Printed Books 

The library has a substantial collection of books related indirectly and directly to nursing. Here is a sampling of what is available in print at the HCC Libraries.  For eBooks, open the eBook tab in this box.


There is a series of books from the publisher Wolters Klewer called: 

Made Incredibly Easy Series.

  To view book titles, click on the series title.  This is a direct link to the HCC Libraries Online Catalog.  Go to the eBook box above to see which titles are also available in electronic format.

Books Covering Medical Topics

These books listed here cover topics covered within medicine and medical law.  This is just a sample of what is actually available in the libraries.

Accessing eBooks

If not already signed into HCC Libraries Online, when prompted, enter your Student ID as the Borrower ID and the last 4 digits of your Student ID as the PIN/Password.  If you experience any log in issues, please do not hesitate to contact an HCC Library.  To view an e-book listed below, choose the title.

     Made Incredibly Easy Series

  Open the Made Incredibly Easy Series book listing to see which ones are available in eBook format.  To see which ones    have a print version, too, see the Printed Books - Nursing - Handbooks box.  

Nursing Journals

As an HCC Nursing Student, you have access to thousands of nursing-related articles. You can search for these articles by browsing the various nursing journals listed below OR using the databases listed in the box below. 

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Complete Journal Listing

For a complete journal listing that you have access to through the electronic databases HCC Libraries subscribes to are listed in the Peer-Reviewed Nursing Journals PDF file below.