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Finding Information on Nursing Theorists

The Libraries have valuable print resources on nursing theorists. In addition there are Web sources--using both licensed and free Web resources--that are useful.

Library Print Book Resources

Alligood, Martha Raile & Tomey, Ann Marriner & . (2010). Nursing theorists and their work. 7th ed. Maryland Heights, MO : Mosby/Elsevier. (Main Library RT84.5 .N9 2010).

Kim, Hesook Suzie & Kollak, Ingrid, ed. (2006). Nursing theories : Conceptual and philosophical foundations. 2d ed. New York : Springer. (Main Library RT84.5 .N8795 2006).

McQuiston, Chris Metzger & Webb, Adele A., ed. (1995). Foundations of nursing theory: Contributions of 12 key theorists. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Main Library RT84.5 .F68 1995).

Powers, Bethal Ann & Knapp, Thomas R. (2006). Dictionary of nursing theory and research. 3rd ed. New York: Springer. (Main Library REF RT81.5.P69 2006).

Sitzman, Kathleen & Eichelberger, Lisa Wright. (2004). Understanding the work of nurse theorists : A creative beginning. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. (Main Library RT84.5 .S53 2004).


Search Tip: To find out if other book material exists about a given theorist, go to KentLINK and do a SUBJECT search by the theorist.

nursing theorist -- KentLINK search

CD-ROM Resources

A valuable CD-ROM series on nurse theorists is on reserve and available at the Main Library Circulation Desk. To obtain a complete listing of the sixteen theorists that are included, do a TITLE search in KentLINK on nurse theorists portraits of excellence.

Searching for Journal Articles

Search Tip #1: To find journal articles on nurse theorists, go to CINAHL and search as shown below:

CINAHL search for nursing theorists by subject


Search Tip #2: To find journal articles about a given theorist, go to CINAHL and search by the theorist as a "named person". This search can be further refined by limiting by publication type of Biography:

CINAHL search for theorist as Named Person


Search Tip #3: You can also search in CINAHL by the specific name of a theory. Here is an example of how that search would look:

CINAHL search for specific nursing theory


Other Search Tips: The Web site below provides other information on searching for nursing theory in CINAHL and MEDLINE.

Allen, Margaret (Peg). Searching bibliographic databases for nursing theory. Retrieved June 29, 2004 from the World Wide Web:

Web Resources

The Nursing Theory Page
An excellent page maintained by the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego. Extensive listing of resources by theorist.

Nursing Theory Link Page
This page is maintained by Lisa Eichelberger at Clayton College and State University. It is intended to serve as a complete collection of Internet resources for the various nursing theorists and their theories.