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Nursing Resources at LLCC

Use this guide to learn about, find and access a variety of resources available to Nursing students at LLCC. Information about the Nursing Skills Lab (NSL) & NSL Resources PLUS LLCC Library Books & Databases and Research Instructions.Connect to Live Chat

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Continuing Education Articles: DEFINED


Continuing Education Articles are journal articles that include some kind of test or assessment nurses can complete in order to receive the continuing education credits required to maintain a nursing license. Finding and reading a CEU article does not automatically result in CE credits toward licensure.

Also known as:
CEs - for Continuing Education
CEUs - for Continuing Education Units
CE Modules
 In order to receive CE credit, nurses must:
locate a valid (not expired) CE/CEU
CEUs are time limited and expire after 2-3 years
complete a task to demonstrate learning
(do an exercise, write an brief essay, take a multiple choice test)
submit their work and pay
(through the mail, online

Where to Find CEU Articles

...depends on why you are searching for one
Research Purposes:
Target CEU articles because they are credible sources and meet the necessary standards for your research project. This is one reason faculty may require you to use CE/CEU articles.
Start Search in LLCC Subscription Nursing Databases
See CEU's in EbscoHost (below)
Licensing Credit:
Target CEU article in order to take a test and get CE Credit toward licensure.
Because credit involves making a payment to a publisher or agency who is registered with the licensing bodies, sometimes it is easier and more efficient to begin looking online for CEUs if you are planning to pay for credit - full-text articles are generally included when the test/credit price is paid and many online CEU articles are free to read online. The range of topics available at for-pay online sites is often broader than that available in the databases, however this may only  be important if you are searching for a CEU on a very specific topic.
Begin Searching Online

OVID: Community College Nursing Journals with MEDLINE

Ovid Journals are a great place to find continuing education articles on a wide range of topics. The interface is a bit slow and a little tricky to look at. Be patient for your results to appear in the bottom panel (allowing pop ups will speed things up a little bit) and look to the column on the LEFT to help narrow and focus your results (by date, etc). 

FINDING CEU's in EbscoHost

Results Page Limiters (left of results list)
Yield BEST CEUs Results
LOOK:  at RESULTS PAGE left-hand-column
UNDER: full-text check-box and date slider
SOURCE TYPES (click to open) - look for CEU's with a check-box

Search page limiters: CAUTION


Quality CEUs will be eliminated from your results list when you check in the
CE Module box
on the Search Page Limiters

CEUs Online

Many reputable journals and CEU services offer their CEU articles free, online, in full-text - applying charges only when you complete the CEU for credit. Search online when the topic is detailed or sophisticated. Click on the link to a site, then use the search function to find articles on your specific topic.

Seek Assitance

Contact LLCC Librarian:

If you are having trouble finding a CEU for your topic cotact a librarian for assistance and/or try the steps listed below for interlibrary loan articels

Plan Ahead - InterLibraryLoan

  • UNCHECK full-text box
    • click on the check to remove it from the box
    • increases number of articles in results
  • Use red FIND ARTICLES buttons in results list
    • click request article through ILL
    • enter student information in form
  • ILL Articles will arrive in 1-14 days
    • email notification from Scott Ebbing
QUESTIONS @ Inter Library Loan