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Nursing: Peer Reviewed Scholarly Journal Articles and Primary Sources

Nursing Databases

You can use article databases to find articles from magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and trade journals.

When accessing the databases from off campus, you will be asked to input your MyPima Username and Password.

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What is a Primary Source in Nursing?

A primary source documents a clinical trial, case study, cohort survey or other activity firsthand. Primary sources are usually written by the person or team who did the research or conducted the study. It may include peer-reviewed journal articles as long as they have been written by the actual researcher(s).

Clinical Trials (this counts as a Primary Source)

Use this link to search for the original reports and details of Clinical Trials:


Scholarly/Peer Reviewed vs Non-Scholarly Resources

Your instructor may ask you to use only scholarly resources for your paper.

Scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources include books and articles published in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and books. 

  • These sources are reviewed by a panel of experts in that particular field, and are often published by a professional association or a university press. 
  • The experts ensure the information published is credible before accepting it for publication.

Non-Scholarly sources include websites, magazines, newspapers, and books that undergo no expert review prior to publishing.

Scholarly Vs. Popular