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Nursing Reference Center - Basic Search

There are two types of searches available in Nursing Reference Center (NRC) – Basic and Advanced. When performing a search from the NRC Home Page, NRC searches all resources available in the database, including (but not limited to):

  • EBSCO CINAHL Nursing Guide
  • EBSCO Health Library™ content
  • HealthDay News Service content
  • F.A. Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
  • F.A. Davis’s Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse™ Practice Guidelines

To conduct a Basic Search from the Home Page:

  1. From the Home Page, enter your search terms in the Find field.

    basic searching from the home page

  2. Click Search. NRC displays a Result List.

    result list

    The search terms are retained in the Find field above the Result List. The Result List is sorted by "source type"--for example, Patient Education, Evidence-Based Care Sheets, Drugs, Skills, Competencies, etc. To view a different source type, click the appropriate tab.

    • If you click the Nursing Reference Center logo, you are returned to the Basic Search screen with all your search terms cleared.

    • If you click the Refine Search link, you are returned to the Home Page with your search terms remembered.

    • If you click the Advanced Search link, you are taken to the Advanced Search Screen with your search terms carried forward.


  • If you have additional NRC-compatible EBSCO databases included in your NRC profile, those databases are also searched. This includes all CINAHL and MEDLINE databases.

  • If you perform a search without defining limiters, depending on your search terms, your results might be very broad. For example, searching for “heart” without limiters selected produces thousands of results. If you want more focused results, click to select one or more items in the Nursing Process Limiter checkbox or use the Advanced Search screen.

  • If enabled by your NRC administrator, clustering of results is available only when there are more than fifteen result list items. Clustered results are available by Subject and by Source.