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Nursing Theory

This guide is a collection of resources for students & faculty in the NURS 202 Theoretical Foundations course.

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.

Books on nursing theories

Finding journal articles related to a nursing theory or theorist

You can search for articles related to a specific nursing theory or theorist by using the CINAHL Subject Headings search in the CINAHL database. Enter either the theory/model name or the theorist's last name in the search field. Helpful screenshots can be found on this third-party site: How do I find articles relating to a nursing theory or theorist?

For example:

More tips can be found on the Daemen Library "Nursing Theory" research guide. Note that this website contains links that won't open for SJSU users.

Finding books and more with OneSearch

OneSearch Catalog

Enter Your Search Term:
  • 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.

Finding primary sources

In Nursing Theory a Primary Source is:

  • The original publication of a theory.
  • Could be a book, journal article, essay, etc.
  • Must be written by the theorist.

Whereas a Secondary Source is:

  • Something about the theory written by someone else, i.e. not the theorist.
  • Could be a book, journal article, essay, etc.