Nursing Resource Center – Gale

Review by CCL-EAR Committee
The Nursing Resource Center (NRC) is a reference database combining content from nursing and allied health textbooks, encyclopedias, drug monographs, multimedia (such as video and animations), care plans, as well as access to Nursing and Allied Health periodical literature. Libraries that are considering this database for journal content may be well advised that this database provides access to citations only unless a library decides to purchase, as an addition to the NRC, the Gale Nursing and Allied Health Collection periodical file. It should be noted that the vendor’s current offer to the CCLC includes the Nursing and Allied Health [Periodical] Collection to complement NRC holdings.

In terms of content, the Nursing Resource Center database suffers from some major shortcomings. Many of its reference titles are outdated and nursing periodicals are lacking in coverage of core titles. For these reasons the reviewers’ overall assessment of this database is that it may not be a worthwhile purchase for two-year colleges with accredited nursing programs.

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