Top 5 Nonfiction eBooks To Read At Home

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You’re at home, practicing social distancing, and you really need something new to read. Maybe you’ve read all of the books on your shelf, or maybe you just want to read something on a screen. Have no fear: the library has thousands of eBooks for Union students and employees to access while at home. Here are just a few of our nonfiction eBooks for you to start reading!

*book descriptions are from the publishers c/o the library website

 

Online Learning: A User-Friendly Approach For High School And College Students by Leslie Bowman

In every online class, some students are wildly successful, some earn average or slightly below-average grades, some barely pass, some fail, and some drop out. Whatever a student’s age, situation, or lifestyle, everything needed for successfully completing an online class is right here in this book. Each chapter covers a specific element of online learning and provides the new online student with practical strategies and how-to information so that any student can go into an online classroom prepared to succeed. This book has strategies and tips that every online professor wants students to know.

 

The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation, And Making Stuff by Rich Gold

Lessons from the creative professions of and for art, science, design, and engineering: how to live in and with the “Plenitude,” that dense, knotted ecology of human-made stuff that creates the need for more of itself.

 

Invisible Women: Data Bias In A World Designed For Men by Caroline Criado-Perez

Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women- diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more.

 

The Bible On Leadership: From Moses to Matthew: Management Lessons for Contemporary Leaders by Lorin Woolfe

Moses on vision; John the Baptist on communication skills; Queen Esther on political know-how: great leaders from the Bible have powerful lessons to teach today’s business leaders.

 

When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough: Stories Of Nurses Standing Up For Themselves, Their Patients, And Their Profession edited by Suzanne Gordon

This title brings together personal narratives from a wide range of nurses from across the globe. The assembled profiles in professional courage provide new insight into the daily challenges that RNs face in North America and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured eBook: “Ethics In Health Administration”

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Identifying changes in the United States’ health care structures, Ethics In Health Administration by Eileen E. Morrison seeks to educate healthcare professionals on using ethics in the workplace. The library has access to the fourth edition of this manual, which has additional chapters that the previous editions did not.

Ethics In Health Administration talks about generational challenges, the emerging senior service market, insurance issues, and examples of ethical dilemmas. It’s a great resource for decision makers in the healthcare field as well as for new doctors and nurses as they prepare for their roles. Each chapter defines key terms to make the reading easier as well.

You can access Ethics In Health Administration by searching for it on the library website and clicking its eBook link. If you are off campus, you will need to sign in with your Union credentials to view the eBook.

 

Featured eBook: “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories Of Becoming A Nurse”

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I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out is a collection of vibrant, funny, honest narrative essays by nurses working in vastly different settings – everything from a cancer ward to a Mercy Ship off the coast of Africa to an Israeli mental hospital.

As editor Lee Gutkind explains in the introduction, “Every essay tells a different story, but all of the essays have a common theme: no matter how difficult nurses’ lives or how secret their suffering, becoming a nurse entails movement into another dimension of strength and character and persistence; it is a path of irreplaceable and often unacknowledged service to society and humanity.”

“Becoming a nurse…is a path of irreplaceable and often unacknowledged service to society and humanity.”

Both sobering and inspirational, this eBook provides a collection of stories that will appeal not only to nursing students but to anyone who loves a good human interest story.

You can access our eBooks collection by searching our regular catalog on the website or going to Databases, E-books, and Media in the Quick Links section of the site.

Spotlight on PubMed

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A part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed “comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.” Essentially, PubMed is a medical database with citations, clinical trials, clinical queries, and more. Entries from MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE are also available through PubMed.

 

PubMed FAQ:

Who uses PubMed?

Biology majors, nursing majors, Pharmacy students, professors, and researchers from around the world.

 

Does PubMed have tutorials?

Yes, their tutorials help you in searching through PubMed and finding the resources that you need.

 

Can I download a full article from PubMed?

No, PubMed generally just houses citations and abstracts. However, sometimes an abstract will provide a link to its full article, housed in a different database.

 

Can I access PubMed on my phone- is it mobile friendly?

Yes, PubMed Mobile was made to make PubMed easily accessible.

Spotlight On The NLM History of Medicine

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The United States National Library of Medicine is the largest medical library in the world. According to its website:

NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,500-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.

The NLM provides access to public domain photos of early medical sketches, snapshots, and diagrams. Some of them are graphic, while others are placid or even humorous. Through the NLM’s  Images of the History of Medicine Index, you can view these photos and learn more about prior medical practices. Thankfully, this is a free resource that you can access online via NLM Digital Collections.

Below are just a few of the fascinating public domain images that you can view and download from the NLM History of Medicine:

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To see more images from the NLM, click here.

Top 5 Nursing Databases

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Nursing students not only learn from clinicals and hospital rotations- sometimes they have to research, too. If you’re a nursing major in need of a peer-reviewed article or health journal, the library has plenty of resources that will help. Listed below are 5 of the best nursing and health databases that the library provides.

 

1. Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)

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This database contains 25,951,793 articles. That’s a lot! Health Reference Center Academic has a “Topic Finder” option that helps students locate new topics or keywords and discover new connections found in the top results. It’s easy to use and a great place to start looking for resources.

 

2. CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO)

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CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and it’s one of the largest nursing databases around. This resource provides full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database. CINAHL databases claim to be “the most widely-used and respected research tools for nurses, students and allied health professionals around the globe.”

 

3. MEDLINE (EBSCO)

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MEDLINE is a great place to look for international research in medicine. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.

 

4. UpToDate

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UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource and is “trusted at the point of care by clinicians worldwide.” Topics covered include anesthesiology, cardiovascular medicine, dermatology, family medicine, and more.

 

5. ScienceDirect

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Last but not least, ScienceDirect provides information on life sciences, health sciences, and related studies. Here you can not only search for journals, but also books and open access content.

*Click here to access our nursing-specific databases.