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Nursing Collection

Wanda Anderson
Nursing Bibliographer

Collection Overview

The nursing collection primarily supports the current and anticipated curricula, scholarly reading and research needs of the School of Nursing community from the beginning student to the more sophisticated and diverse needs of graduate students and faculty.  It also provides resources in bioethics and health information to the university as a whole and to appropriate economics, sociology, psychology, bioethics, and pre-medical classes.  There is comprehensive collecting of nursing materials in the English language, selected foreign language serial titles, and varying levels of bioethics and related health science materials. The collection provides historical materials in nursing as well as the most current resources in clinical practice.  Because of its comprehensive collection in nursing, the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library serves as a resource library in nursing for the New England Region of  the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Library of Medicine. The Connell School of Nursing Graduate Program with its excellent faculty and student body ranks 26th in the United States.

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The Mary L. Pekarski Nursing Archives housed in Burns Library contain the  Rita P. Kelleher and the Josephine A. Dolan collections plus other important collections.  It contains significant books, pamphlets, letters, pictures, oral-videotape histories, and other audio-visual materials  which provide archival, historical and research sources for the history and foundation of nursing as well as health care ethics.

Rapid advances in computer and networking technology have resulted in the acquisition of  electronic versions of the major health sciences indexes. The next area of major collection growth in electronic formats will be in electronic journals. The nursing collection program has included acquisition of electronic nursing journals since their inception. Digitized information and texts will be added when appropriate because they vastly improve a researcher's ability to identify and access research resources as scholarship is evolving with increased use of electronic formats. Digitization of the core documents of nursing will preserve these important historical policy and practice materials as part of the legacy of nursing, especially documents which define the practice and scope of nursing.  The use of hand-held or tablet devices may serve as a tool to offer full-text reference resources remotely at the point of care.  Audiovisual and  statistical software as well as other electronic formats will be collected to provide resources and support for nursing faculty who utilize WebCT/VISTA in their courses.

Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Special interdisciplinary subject materials:  Subjects important to the curriculum are acquired in varying depths in cooperation with other subject bibliographers in the library, (e.g., bioethics, health problems, appropriate areas of biology, growth and development throughout the life span, nutrition, economics, social problems, sociology, psychology, research methods, women's studies, computer technology, and death and dying).

Formats and Types of Materials
Formats collected include print, electronic, microform, and audiovisual. Types of materials include monographs, serials, and reference works including major indexes, abstracts, catalogs, bibliographies, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, medical and nursing directories, statistical sets, handbooks, manuals, atlases, protocols and pharmaceutical guides.

English is the primary language of the collection but foreign language nursing periodical titles or outstanding foreign language nursing reports are acquired.

Geographic Area Coverage
Materials with clinical information are primarily limited to the United States with a selected number from Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.  Nursing materials relating to theory, practice and research in nursing are collected on a global basis although usually limited to English language publications.

Time Periods
There is an interest in all periods but most materials on nursing focus on the 20th and and 21st century with a few titles covering earlier periods.

Dates of Publication
Emphasis is on current materials and new developments.  However, older materials are ordered for replacement, preservation, missing items, and classics not owned.