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Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This page provides a starting point for your research.

Welcome DNP students!
This page provides links to library services and resources for your DNP research and scholarly project. If you don't see what you need here, please contact us!

Recommended Databases

Below are important databases for nursing research. For a complete list of databases, click here.
CINAHL Complete
Need a CINAHL refresher? Check out this CINAHL video tutorial!

PubMed @NU
Need a PubMed refresher? Check out this PubMed video tutorial!  Learn how to save your searches!


Cochrane Library

Survey Design

APA Publication Manual

APA 7th edition  (look for Reference List: Books, Articles, Electronic Sources and APA Sample paper). From Purdue OWL.

Comparison chart of the 6th and 7th editions  (from College of DuPage Library)

View APA's tutorial for learning APA Style (7th edition)

Research Design

Sage Research Methods: Design and plan your research project. Learn how to define your research topic, review the literature, develop a researchable question, collect, analyze and interpret data.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking for Health

"Design thinking is a framework to generate innovative solutions through creative problem-solving".  "The course has five modules: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. Each module represents a stage in the Design Thinking process. For each module, there is material for you to watch, listen, read and do, with activities to help bring it all to life".  This course was created by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.

Systems Thinking

"Systems thinking is an approach to understanding and improving complex issues and situations. It attempts to deal with these as wholes rather than through the reductionism of conventional science. Reductionism understands complex issues by examining smaller and smaller parts. Systems thinking sees the whole as different from the sum of its parts, because of the interactions between the parts. The issue for systems thinkers then becomes one of defining a relevant whole".  Coghlan, D., & Brydon-Miller, M. (2014). The SAGE encyclopedia of action research (Vols. 1-2). London, : SAGE Publications Ltd. 


DNP Research Essentials

Looking for information about citing your sources? Take a look at RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley. Need help choosing? Check out this comparison chart!

Nursing Research E-books

Writing Resources

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