Looking for books? Use the tabs to find books and ebooks for students enrolled in the DNP program. Or try your own search in TOPCAT or Ebook Central. Textbooks are typically found in Alverno's textbook collection. When borrowing textbooks, please be considerate of your classmates and return books when they are due. Overdue fines for textbooks will not be forgiven.
Questions? Ask a Librarian!
Sponsored by the University of Iowa, this continuing education course provides nurses with an understanding of the basic principles of evidence based practice. The cost for individual access to the online course is $29.
Other (free) resources for nurses can be found on Alverno's Evidence Based Nursing LibGuide.
To find articles on a topic:
Start by visiting Databases by Subject for Healthcare to find scholarly articles on a variety of health and biomedical topics. These databases are recommended:
To find an article when you have a citation:
Visit the library's home page and use the Google Scholar "Articles" search box to search the content of Alverno databases as well as the "free" web. Enter the article title into the Google Scholar search box and look for the full text links on the right side of the page. Not finding what you need? Use TOPCAT, Alverno's eJournal portal, or Interlibrary Loan to obtain a copy of your article.
Anybody can and anybody will post anything online...
So, how do you find the good stuff? By visiting the library's Best Websites for DNP.
Not finding what you need? Try using Google's advanced search feature to limit a search by domain. For example, limiting a search to .gov or .edu will only retrieve websites published by government bodies or accredited post secondary educational institutions.
Resources to help you write quality literature reviews and papers are available through the Alverno library and also online. Click the tabs to access recommended resources.
Resources for creating your literature review can also be found on the Writing a Literature Review LibGuide.
AGREE Reporting Checklist
The AGREE Reporting Checklist is intended to assist practice guideline developers to improve the completeness and transparency of reporting in practice guidelines. The checklist can also provide guidance to peer reviewers, journal editors, and guideline users about the essential components of a high quality practice guideline.
AMSTAR's (A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews) goal is to create a valid, reliable, and useable instrument that will help users differentiate between systematic reviews, focusing on methodological quality and expert consensus. It can be used to develop and evaluate reviews, serves as a guide to conduct reviews, and can be used as an aid to teach about systematic reviews.
CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) encompasses various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials.
The EQUATOR Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) is a useful resource that provides information on reporting guidelines and tips for good reporting in health studies. It includes access to CONSORT guidelines, PRISMA guidelines, and others.
PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.
SQUIRE (Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence) guidelines provide a framework for reporting new knowledge about how to improve healthcare. They are intended for reports that describe system level work to improve the quality, safety, and value of healthcare.
If your final scholarly project includes copies of images, charts, graphs, handouts, forms, or other materials that you did not create, you must determine if the copied work is protected by federal copyright law. If it is, you need permission to use the work - unless your use falls under the fair use exception of the copyright law or is permitted through a creative commons license. The Fair Use Checklist will help you determine if your use is considered fair use.
Works that are in the public domain or published by the United States federal government are typically not copyright protected. While you do not need permission to use these works, you must still cite them in your capstone paper. This chart will help you determine if a work is in the public domain.
These tips will help you understand how to get permission to use a copyright protected work.
Is your final capstone paper protected by copyright law? Yes, and you own the rights to your work. It is your intellectual property.
Alverno DNP graduates have the option of having their final scholarly project uploaded to the library's online catalog TOPCAT. To submit your final report to the library, please complete the DNP Release Form below.