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For students in the Kapiʻolani CC Nursing program taking classes on the Leeward CC campus.

UH Mānoa's LibGuides

Carolyn Dennison's Nursing LibGuides have a broad range of resources, including sources for Hawaiʻi health and demographic data.

Kapiʻolani CC's LibGuides

Great guidance and many resources can be found on Joy Oehlers' Nursing LibGuides

Search Online Library Catalogs

UH Online Library Catalog
Search the online library catalog for books and other materials in the Leeward CC Library, the Kapiʻolani CC Library, and the other libraries of the University of Hawaiʻi system. Thousands of e-books are also available. You can also:

  • Request a book at Kapiʻolani CC be sent for pick-up at Leeward CC, or request materials from other UH libraries
  • Find out which research journals are available at UH libraries
  • Check your library account

Links to the library catalog:

Public Library Catalog
Search the collections of the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System.

Citation Guides

Back-up Library Website

In case the regular LCC Library website is unavailable, a web page has been placed on an off-campus server with links to our research databases, so that you can still access these resources from home.

The web page is at:

Online Resources from the Kapiʻolani Community College Library

As the home campus of the Nursing program, Kapiʻolani Community College subscribes to several specialized nursing and health sciences databases.  Students in the program taking classes on the Leeward Community College campus need to use Kapiʻolani CC Library's website, or the links below, to access these databases.

Online Resources from the Leeward Community College Library

When on the Leeward Community College campus, or at LCC-Waiʻanae, nursing students can use these links to access online resources from the LCC Library.


PubMed lets you search millions of  journal citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.  It includes access to the MEDLINE index of medical journal articles, other life science journals, selected web sites, and other molecular biology resources.

PubMed is a free resource provided by the National Library of Medicine.  It is not a full-text database, although it will have links to articles available in PubMed Central, which is a full-text collection of journal articles.

If you search MEDLINE through EBSCOhost (using the links in the boxes above), you will be able to view full-text content available from other EBSCOhost databases.

Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Literature

Scholarly Articles

Experts and researchers in a specialized field often report on their work through the scholarly publication process. It's a demanding process in which the researcher writes an article and submits it to a scholarly journal publisher, who then has other experts in that field carefully review the article before publishing it. Scholarly articles take a long time to be published, but they are considered to be very reliable sources of information because of the peer-review process.

Scholarly articles usually:

  • Are written by experts, for other experts in that field
  • Are long and very detailed
  • Starts with a summary of the article
  • Have a "works cited" list showing the published articles that the author(s) consulted while working on their project

Many of our research databases allow you to limit your search to scholarly articles. For example, in EBSCOhost, you can click in the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" checkbox.

Non-Scholarly Articles

Non-scholarly articles, such as magazine and newspaper articles, might or might not be written by someone with some level of expertise in the topic of the article, and are often written for a non-expert audience. These articles are published faster, and thus can be more current. While generally considered a less reliable source for expert-level information, they are often more understandable to non-experts, and are thus useful to readers who are learning about a topic.

Availability of Articles in Databases

Many of the library's research databases provide the actual article (also known as the "full text") for many, but not all, of the articles they have information about. This is because individual publishers have to decide for themselves whether it makes economic sense for them to allow their articles to be included in these databases for a guaranteed payment, knowing that they could lose subscriptions and newsstand sales by doing so. Scholarly articles in particular are often not available in full text, because many journal publishers rely on subscriptions and article reprints for their profitability.

If you want to read an article that is not available from a database, you can check the Hawaiʻi Voyager library catalog to see if another UH library has a subscription to the printed version of the magazine, newspaper, or journal that the article appears in. You can also use the SFX Fetch Item feature to see if the article is available in electronic form from another database we have access to.

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