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Here you will find resources and links that will help you in your nursing coursework and research.

Using the SJSU King Library

1) Log in on our library website with your SJSU ID number and SJSUOne password to access our databases from anywhere off-campus.

2) Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request access to something we don't have in our library, like a book or journal article. You will need to set up an account the first time you use ILL.

Starting your research project

Have a research project? Need help getting started? Try these. 

Finding journal articles

Looking for journal articles on a topic?

Start with one of these library databases.

You can also try any of the following:

Do you need more help searching our databases? Try one of these tutorials first. If you still need help, contact your librarian!

The Publishing Lifecycle

The Lifecycle of a Scholarly Article

The lifecycle of the scholarly article starts with the Author's Draft. The author probably hasn't shopped the article to a journal yet, thus it hasn't been formally peer-reviewed. An author may decide to post their draft on a preprint server, such as, to elicit public comment.

After revision, the author will submit their draft to a journal. The draft is then subjected to peer-review. The author has a chance to incorporate the suggested revisions or to address why the revisions aren't needed and/or relevant. Afterwards, the journal can accept or reject the article draft.

The author's manuscript is the final form of the content of the article. The manuscript will need to go through copyediting and typesetting before it will appear in a published journal. The author's manuscript may be made available to the public through an institutional repository or article archive. This might be required if the article is output from a grant-funded project.

Once the final copyedits and formatting have been completed, the article will be published in a print or online journal. Now it's a journal article.

If the author's draft was deposited in a preprint server, the author may replace that preliminary version with the final published version. Repositories like medRxiv try to point users to the final published version, where available.

Graphical representation of the publishing lifecycle. Image is described in text.

What is PMC?

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. Much of the articles found in PMC are the outputs of federally-funded research.

The flowchart above shows the different forms of articles that you will find in PMC. PMC gathers mostly author manuscripts (peer-reviewed and accepted for publication) and journal articles (final formatted version as it appears in a print or online journal).

The NIH started adding eligible preprints to PMC in 2023. Eligible preprints must

  • Acknowledge direct NIH support and/or have an NIH-affiliated author; and
  • Be posted to an eligible preprint server on January 1, 2023 or later.

More information can be found at the NIH Preprint Pilot website.

Finding books and more with OneSearch

OneSearch Catalog

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  • SJSU eBooks can be accessed online anytime with your 9 digit SJSU ID and your OneSJSU password. (Note: Only students with a San Jose Public Library card can access SJPL eBooks.)
  • Did you know SJSU students, faculty, and staff can borrow books from other CSU campuses? You can request them from within OneSearch; just change the search field from San Jose State Collections to California State University Collections. Your items will be delivered to the SJSU Library in 2-5 days.
  • Are you a distance student? Use InterLibrary Loans to have a SJSU Library book or course reserves item mailed directly to you. See our Online Students' Guide for more details.

Culturally Sensitive Care

Consumer Health (i.e. Patient Handouts)


How to cite your sources

The nursing field tends to use the APA citation style, also known as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Other citation styles commonly used in the health sciences, include:

Use a citation manager to make your citations easier.