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With so much information available online these days, it can be difficult to know where to start when your course assignments require you to locate literature in the Health Disciplines. This guide is designed to help you become a better researcher by identifying important elements in the research process, and key resources available through AU Library's Information Gateway, such as library catalogues, journal databases and other online resources that are available for free on the Internet. This guide has been developed specifically for students registered in courses offered by the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies. It addresses questions that students are asking, such as how to select appropriate databases, how to effectively locate relevant information in a database, and how to cite and reference online sources.

To navigate this guide, use the tabs found at the top.

If, at any point, you have questions or concerns about this guide, please feel free to contact AU Library.  We will be happy to help!


Accessing AU Library

AU Library's website provides access to resources and services brought together to support the research and study needs of Athabasca University students, faculty and staff, with particular attention to the needs of a distance education community.

Some of the online resources on the site are available for anyone to search, such as library catalogues and freely available websites and databases. Other resources are accessed through paid subscriptions, including many of the databases and most of the e-books, and are therefore restricted to use by the AU community, that is, students, faculty and staff.

When you click on a restricted use resource, you will be asked to login using you myAU username and password. If you have difficulty connecting, please contact AU Library (, 1-800-788-9041, ext. 6254).

To learn about the services and resources available to you as a student, click on the AU Library Services tab.


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