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Academic Skills in Nursing and Midwifery: Finding credible information

Unit Reading List

Your Unit Reading List contains key resources that have been chosen by your Unit Coordinator to support your learning in the Unit. This is a great place to start and is accessible from your Unit Canvas site.


Library Search

Each Campus has a Library which provides access to study areas and books including the high use collection where a copy of your Unit text (if in print format only) is available to borrow for a three hour loan from the high use collection.

Take a moment to browse the Library website homepage.  It has lots of useful links including the opening times, how to book a study room, how to borrow a book along with the loan periods.  Most importantly it is where you can access the Nursing and Midwifery library guides and health specific databases.

Click on the image to browse the Library Homepage.

Use the library to search for books, ebooks, journal articles, newspaper articles, DVDs, and more. 


What is a Database?

A database is an organised collection of digital information that includes journal articles, books, images and multimedia. Databases can be general or subject specific.

Studying in the School of Nursing and Midwifery you will be using health databases. The two key databases are CINAHL and MEDLINE. CINAHL contains nursing and allied health related information, and MEDLINE contains medical/clinical information.  

The Nursing or Midwifery Library Guides under provide more information on health databases that will be reliable sources of information to use in your assignments.

The Internet can also provide quality credible information. Examples are the websites of professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

The internet is where you will find the Nursing and Midwifery Professional Codes and Guidelines and health department websites.  However when using information sourced from the internet you will need to be information savvy and do the legwork to ensure the information you are planning to use is reliable and of a high quality. 

Again your Unit Coordinator may have included some links to websites within the Unit Reading List.  They have evaluated these websites for you and deemed them to be credible.  There is also a suggested list within the Nursing or Midwifery Library Guides.

Take a moment to have a look at your Unit Reading List and/or the 'Websites and Reports tab' within the Library Guides.