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Start Your Research with Library Databases!

Library databases provide access to thousands of articles and ebooks you'll need for your research. Library databases can be accessed off campus by entering your SURF ID and password. For a complete list view our Databases by Subject listing.

Films on Demand Database Logo

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Database Logo

Nursing at Ovid Database Logo Consumer Health Complete Database Logo

Nursing Video Collection contains over 500 videos and is part of the Films on Demand suite of online academic videos.

Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.  Coverage of nursing and allied health is included.

OVID Nursing: Journals & E-Books contains full-text issues of over 20 key titles in nursing and clinical medicine.

EBSCOhost's Consumer Health Complete™ (CHC) is the single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

Articles & Journals

Periodicals are important sources of information in your research. Library databases include articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Need more information on popular and scholarly periodicals? Check out the link Is it a Magazine or a Journal? For a list of all periodical databases, consult the Databases by Subject page.

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CINAHL Plus Full Text Database Logo

MEDLINE Database Logo

Health and Wellness Resource Center Database Logo

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides background information, including facts, dates, biographies, and statistics on thousands of topics in law, politics, health, social issues, culture, and much more.

EBSCOhost's CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 770 journals and indexing for more than 4,600 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health.  The database also provides full text for more than 275 books/monographs.

MEDLINE (EBSCOhost), created by the National Library of Medicine, provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and other medical topics.

Health & Wellness Resource Center is a carefully compiled and trusted medical reference database with articles from over 400 health/medical journals, reference volumes, over 700 health videos from Healthology, pamphlets, and articles from over 2200 sources.

Books & eBooks

The MiraCosta College Library owns copies of over 200,000 books and ebooks! To locate books in print and ebooks, use the Library Catalog . If you wish to access the ebooks from off-campus, you will need to enter your SURF ID and password. Try the Databases by Subject list for additional reference, periodical, and ebook databases.
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Try Library Reference & eBooks Databases

Reference & eBook databases provide background information and in-depth research on many research topics.  Popular databases include: Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; EBSCO eBooks; Britannica Online, and Springer eBooks.
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Multimedia Sources

The MiraCosta College subscribes to several streaming video databases containing documentaries and educational videos. If accessing streaming databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your SURF ID and password.
Films on Demand Database Logo Academic Video Online Database Logo Intelecom Database Logo
Films On Demand provides streaming educational videos on subject areas including science and health & medicine. There is a Nursing Video Collection which contains over 400 films. Academic Video Online is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines.  Intelecom is a searchable video clip database covering a wide variety of disciplines. Topic-specific clips average 3 to 5 minutes in length and are closed-captioned.


Web Resources