Subject guide

This NSI Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some resources require a DEC username and password. Don’t know your DEC username and password? Contact your Campus Student Administration or your teacher.

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Subject web links


Associations & organisations

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Acreditation Council (ANMC)

Australian Nursing Federation

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Joanna Briggs Institute

Australian-based international not-for-profit organisation specialising in evidence-based resources for nursing and allied health.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Library of Medicine at the US National Institute of Health (NIH)

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia



These sites contain comprehensive link collections and resources on nursing and related topics.

Health and community services

TAFE Studylinks


Bremer Institute of TAFE's subject links


Numeracy resources

Resources for Nursing students (RMIT University)

Nursing calculations

General information & directories

ARCHI - Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations

Bandolier Knowledge Library - Evidence-based health care (UK)

CIAP - Clinical Information Access Portal

Requires a username and password (NSW Health staff only)

Doctors’ reference site (Australia)

Florence Nightingale biography

Learning Nurse

Provides assessment and quizes for testing your knowledge

Medline Plus (US)

Provides credible health info, medical resources, interactive tutorials, surgery videos & more.

Hardin MD (Hardin Meta Directory)
Provides a high quality "directory of directories" for health and medicine.

Supersearchers on health and medicine (US)


Controlled vocabulary

CINAHL headings are available via CINAHL database.

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)


Medical search engines



Government information

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
National agency for health and welfare statistics and information.

Department of Health and Aging (Australia)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

NSW Health

Includes policies covering hand hygiene, infection control, sharps injury prevention etc.

Lawlink NSW


Standards, legislation and statistics

Competency standards for nurses

Australian Nursing Federation

Topics @ a Glance - Health

Statistics relating to health in Australia - Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Australian Social trends e.g. Doctors and nurses

Legal Research - Compiled by the Federal Court of Australia

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Legislation

Work Health and Safety Act 2011


Related subject guides

Aged care

Child studies

Massage therapy



   eJournals, eBooks & other eResources




Freely available journals and articles

Free medical journals

Current Nursing
Open access nursing research and review articles

Public Library of Science

This site lists open access resources such as BioMed Central and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) which provide you access to free online journals.


Click the link of one of the selected journals or databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Academic Search Complete



Gale Cengage Learning

Click the link of the database or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Gale databases

ProQuest Central

Log in using your DEC username and password.



eBooks on EBSCOhost

Log in to eBooks on EBSCOhost using your DEC username and password. There are over 70 titles on health & medicine in this collection, e.g.


FA Davis (Nursing eBooks)

Log in to FA Davis using your DEC username and password. 300+ titles are currently available e.g.


Oxford Reference Online

Log in to Oxford Reference Online using your DEC username and password.

Health Reference Center

The Health Reference Center database contains articles, illustrations and videos relating to health and aged care ssues. Use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of your username to log in.


Online videos


MedCom Video Training Programs Collection - a resource of video clips covering assessment, procedure, prevention, and other nursing topics. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Broadcast TV

Log in using your DEC username and password.


Login to vLearn or the listed videos using your DEC username and password. Over 20 videos are available on nursing, e.g.

Free online videos

Short videos on a range of topics from abdominal aneurism to yeast infection.

3D medical animations

Training toolboxes      

704 Health training (2004)

Help from within: a conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers (2008)

Infection control (2004)

Log in using your DEC username and password. You can view or download these resources. CD-ROMs of the packages may be available at your TAFE library.


   Databases covering nursing subjects

Here is a selection of subject specific databases provided. For the full list of general databases and regarding instructions go to the eResources Portal.

Name Description Access


Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. Includes statistics and some analysis of information from the National Census and other sources. Allows for the creation of local area profiles.

Freely available

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.The database is updated daily.

DEC username and password required.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered, including nursing and allied health.

DEC username and password required.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 750 journals. With more than 600,000 full-text articles dating back to 1937, CINAHL Plus is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health.

DEC username and password required.


FA Davis

Nursing eBooks

Our collection of FA Davis eBooks (currently 300+ eBooks) provides 24/7 online access to medical, nursing, and health profession texts and reference resources for students, nurses, and health professionals. Our collection also includes eBooks on anatomy & physiology, athletics, physical and occupational therapy.

Please note: The access will time out if you are not actively using the collection but latest after 60 min. To access the collection again close the window and click the link to FA Davis in the subject guide.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).

Gale databases provide access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics. The sub-collection General OneFile includes over 6,300 full-text titles and 400 newspaper services (a total of more than 11,000 titles). Also included in the subscription is the 'General Reference Centre Gold'.

DEC username and password required.

The Facts on File is a set of online reference databases including the Health Reference Center database. It contains articles, illustrations and videos relating to a wide range of health topics.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).

Australian gateway to up-to-date and quality assessed information on important health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma. This service is funded by the Department for Health and Aging.

Freely available

INFOMINE is a comprehensive virtual library and reference tool for academic and scholarly internet resources, including websites, databases, electronic journals, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and other types of information. Includes nursing and allied health topics.

Freely available

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database

The complete evidence-based practice content set from the Australian Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is now available via OvidSP. It covers a wide range of medical, nursing, health science and aged care specialties and includes a unique suite of information that’s been analysed, appraised, and prepared by expert reviewers at JBI. The collection includes:

- Evidence Summaries
- Evidence–Based Recommended Practices
- Best Practice Information Sheets
- Systematic Reviews
- Consumer Information Sheets
- Systematic Review Protocols
- Technical Reports

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: log in to the Student Portal with their DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option.

Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with their DEC username and password and click the My training tab.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides current online books at

Freely available

A collection of key Oxford reference publications bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedias, subject reference, quotations, maps & illustrations and 20th century timelines.

DEC username and password required.

POPLINE (POPulation information onLINE), the world's largest database on reproductive health, provides nearly 370,000 citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues. It has numerous special features including links to free, full text documents.

Freely available

ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages including Nursing and Allied Health Source, Pharmaceutical News Index, Family Health & Health and Medical Complete.

Now included in Nursing & Allied Health Source:

  1. CultureGrams World Edition 2013 - offers concise, reliable and up to date country reports on 209 cultures
  2. MedCom Video Training Programs Collection - a resource of video clips covering assessment, procedure, prevention, and other nursing topics.

DEC username and password required.

PubMed Central (PMC), the digital archive of U.S. National Library of Medicine provides full-text access to biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Freely available

vLearn via Equella

175 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.
Subject areas covered are business, career development, hospitality & food services, anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


   Library catalogues

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific campus libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some nursing subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.


Community health services

Nursing care plans


Geriatric nursing

Nursing ethics


Maternity nursing

Nursing -- Law and legislation -- Australia


Nurses' aides




Pediatric nursing

Macquarie University Library

Macquarie University Library has an extensive collection of resources in the nursing area. NSI has a reciprocal borrower's agreement with Macquarie University ($55 per calendar year). Please ask your NSI library staff for details on how to access this service.     


Last updated: 31.07.2014