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Ten ways the Library ad Archive Service can help with your dissertation

 Frances Reed 1 Nov 2018

Did you know that the RCN Library holds 54,000 books, with a further 1,100 eJournals and 30,000 eBooks available online? With all this and more on offer, where better to get help with your dissertation? Let Frances Reed take you through ten ways our Library and Archive Service can assist you.


RCN Library and Information Zone Northern Ireland
  1. Library Search: Available on the RCN Library and Archive website at www.rcn.org.uk/library; this search tool works a bit like google and enables you to search for library material using either broad or narrow search terms. Type your search into the ‘I’m looking for’ box on the webpage. There is also a referencing tool which enables you to format your search results into a Harvard style reference.
  2. Library Subject Guides: are a great introduction to over 50 areas of nursing. These link to books, journals and key resources. Check out our ‘Doing your dissertation’ subject guide which provides tools and resources to help with your dissertation. https://www.rcn.org.uk/library/subject-guides/doing-your-dissertation
  3. Expert help: you can get in touch with us by phone (0345 337 3368), e-mail (rcn.library@rcn.org.uk) or by using our WebChat service if you need assistance finding information or using any of our resources.
  4. Nursing and healthcare databases: these will help you find evidence and we offer access to specialist databases including: CINAHL, British Nursing Index and other subject specific databases including Maternity and Infant Care, Social Policy and Practice and many more. https://www.rcn.org.uk/library/collections/search-collections
  5. E-books: we now offer access to around 30,000 e-books which you can borrow as a download or view online. Access these 24/7 from your PC, tablet or smartphone.
  6. E-journals: we now offer access to around 1,100 nursing and healthcare journals. Download, print or e-mail articles relevant to your topic.
  7. Our libraries: we have libraries in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. These provide a relaxed study environment and onsite help from our team of experts. https://www.rcn.org.uk/library/contact
  8. Library drop-in sessions: pop into the Library and Heritage Centre in London for help and guidance on using our databases and e-resources. These run every Wednesday 2pm to 4pm and Saturday 3pm to 4pm. https://www.rcn.org.uk/library/services/training
  9. Video tutorials: If you’re not near one of our libraries, there’s our growing collection of video tutorials accessible on the RCNOnline YouTube channel which show you how to use our online databases and resources more effectively. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoix_B4CU0I-KNz1F3pN8gBoZ-7PZHF_y
  10. Print books: we have around 54,000 books available to borrow from our libraries. We have offer loan periods of 4 weeks and have a postal loans service.*

*postage charge applies



Frances Reed

Frances Reed

RCN Library and Archive Services

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