Answered By: Nicole Montgomery
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2018     Views: 24



Important! Your sources don't have to be the first published statement of the theory by the theorist.




Nursing liaison librarian Karen Gilbert has an excellent research guide on finding and using your theorist's works! Be sure to start there. Remember, your sources do not have to be the first published statement of the theory by the theorist.

Finding Your Theorist's Works

First, you will find many citations for your theorists in your text, Theoretical Basis for Nursing by McEwen and Wills.

Next, most theorists will have a biography or at least a list of publications on the web.

Hint! You may be able to find a list of publications for your theorist courtesy of Cardinal Stritch University Library. (Note that you must use EKU Libraries to access these publications, you cannot get them from the Cardinal Stritch University Library.)


If it's an article, try using Google Scholar to find the citation. This is sometimes called chaining or chasing citations. Then just use the "Find Full Text at EKU" link to access or request the full text of the article. 

Tip! View this FAQ for help on chasing citations using Google Scholar.


Search for books using the main search box on the Libraries' homepage. You can request print books using the Library Express service. Remember! Delivery of print books takes a lot of time! Allow up to 2 weeks for the arrival of a print book from EKU Libraries' collection.

Tip! Watch this helpful video for a detailed explanation of searching for and checking out books as a online only student.

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find a nursing theorist's book in the search on the library's homepage? Then chances are EKU Libraries does not have that book. Try searching for the book using WorldCat or the WorldCat Discovery search and then requesting it using the Library Express service.

But please remember that the delivery of print books takes a lot of time. The delivery of a book that had to be requested from another library first will take even more time. A book that has to arrive from another library first and then mailed to you might take as long as 4 weeks to arrive!

Tip! View the videos on using WorldCat or WorldCat Discovery to learn how to search for and request books not currently owned or held at EKU Libraries.