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Nursing Division Library Resources

A guide for nursing resources available in the library.

The Cochrane Special Collections below were created in response to COVID-19 and will be regularly updated as more information belows available. They are freely accessible to everyone.

This includes journal articles, books, DVDs, systematic reviews, etc.

The number of results can be overwhelming, please do the following to limit your results:

  1. Login with your NDUS Credentials to see the complete results and make it easier to save articles to view later.
  2. Change the scope of your search by clicking the small arrow on the right side of the search box and choose Articles.
  3. On the left side of the page, consider tweaking your results. You can include terms and areas by clicking on the left side of the list or you can remove things by clicking the right side. For instance, you may end up with too many Open Access results and want to limit the results to only things provided by the library.
    1. Availability: Available Online & Peer Reviewed
    2. Subject Terms: Choose the terms that best match your search
    3. Resource Type: Articles
    4. Creation Date: Choose the range of the last 10 years

The library subscribes to over 50 nursing journals that are searchable via OVID. These journals are also accessible using the library catalog and are linked throughout the EBSCOhost databases.

If you are having issues accessing the OVID journals from those sources, you may want to try searching for articles through OVID itself. You may also find it useful if you end up with too many search results using those other sources.

On the OVID search page, you can search all OVID journals or only the journals subscribed to by MSU. You can use the all OVID journals search to find articles the library can borrow from other libraries but you may need to wait a week to receive a copy. While the MSU journals will be available immediately. Depending on your screen size, your search results may seem hidden, after performing a search, scroll down.

Library Basics

You can access library resources off-campus by logging in with your North Dakota University System (NDUS) username and password. This is the same username and password you use to access Campus Connection and Blackboard. When you click on a library database that requires you to log in, it will redirect you to the screens below. Once you have logged in successfully you will be taken to your original request.


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Items not available from the Byrnes-Quanbeck Library can be borrowed from other libraries across the world. If you find the full-text of an article you require is not available in the database you are using, click on the get it at MSU button, usually found on the left-side of the page. If full-text is not available in any of the other library databases, sign in using the yellow box and view the Resource Sharing Options. You will be taken to a pre-filled Request Form. Fill out any information with a red asterisk. When your article is available you will be notified via email with instructions on how to access it.

Distance students: Add "I am a distance student" to the Comment area so your materials can be mailed to you if you are requesting a book or other print material.


As a Mayville State student you are able to checkout any materials you would like from the library. However, before requesting a book from us, you may want to look in your local library to see if they possibly have what you are looking for, or if they can obtain it for you. If the materials you need are not available through your local library, you may submit a request to us and we will send the materials to you. Keep in mind that it may take up to a week or more to receive the materials, depending on where the books are coming from and where you are located. It is a good idea to make sure the item you want is available before sending a request.

After finding a book or other resource in the library's catalog, request the item via ILL. When filling out the form, add a comment in the notes field stating you are a distance student and need the materials mailed directly to you.

The materials will be sent to you free of charge, but you are responsible for the return postage (usually between $2-$4 depending on size and weight of book) and for any replacement costs if the book gets lost (including mail loss).*

*Dual credit students may return materials to their high school library to return to Mayville State IF approved by the high school librarian.