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Compiled by Mary Doherty, Head of Reference and Bharathi Subramanian, Assistant Librarian.
Updated by Violet Price, Head of Technical Services



Data Resources for Community Needs Assessment

The following references books contain data on New York City .

Community District Needs
Available Electronically
Past issues
Available for the five boroughs of New York . Includes information on community districts – income, population, and statistics.

Green Book of New York City Agencies
Available Electronically
Provides phone numbers and addresses for NYC agencies. Community Boards, Police precincts, school districts and other city planning and service agencies are listed

The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn
Ref F 129 B7 N44
Each chapter portrays the historical, cultural, and social characteristics of a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Epiquery - contains census information, community health surveys, vital statistics and health surveillance data


National Center for Health Statistics
An easy-to-browse link list called "Express Links to Surveys and Data Collection Systems" appears on the opening page. Links lead to information such as descriptions of recent health surveys and data collections on vital statistics. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


New York City Department of Health

Information on elected officials, borough presidents, health services, sanitation, housing, education, vital records. Also discover your community health profiles


New York State Department of Health

Search this site for New York State information, vital records, diseases and conditions, statistics, community health, licenses and certification


United Hospital Fund

The latest ‘ New York city community health atlas’ and other publications available. Search by publications or type ‘atlas’ in the search box. Also provides information to New York ’s health care community, through special reports, statistical publications, newsletters


New York City Department of City Planning

Provides zoning, community district and neighborhood profiles


New York State Data Center

Useful for census, business information and economic data


New York City Government

Information on government, business, officials, covers information on education, health, housing etc.

To locate information for business by keyword, business name, categories, and location


New York State Government

State health, housing, licensing, tax, state laws and more

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Includes the National Healthcare Disparities Report as well as other Healthcare reports.



Infoshare (SUNY Downstate Licensed resource. User name and password required)

Major topics covered are demographics, socio economics and health information. You can profile your area, create your own table, and compare areas.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Includes the National Healthcare Disparities Report as well as other Healthcare reports.

State Health Facts Online

Search for health information by state or by category. This site maintained by Kaiser Family Foundation


Bureau of Labor Statistics
For occupational data, check the "Surveys & Programs" link; for a quick overview of statewide employment vs. unemployment figures, check the "Regional Information" link. Provides FTP links for downloading raw data on Local Area Unemployment Statistics and Geographical Profiles. Updated by the Department of Labor.


U.S. Census Burea General Reference Publications


A listing for approximately 70 federal agencies (e.g.: National Center for Health Statistics) links to information on statistics, data collection, etc. Regional Statistics are provided, but are arranged by topic (e.g.: Crime, Education, etc.), not by geographical divisions (state/county/city/census tract). Maintained by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy.


U.S. Census Bureau
Start with the button "Get State Profile!" (select a state); a state map displays; click on the county to find census-related information specific to that location. Updates are included; for e.g., under New York State 's profile, you can obtain 1997 Population estimates and yearly County Business Patterns Economic Profiles. Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


New York State Department of Health - Statistics and Data

Statistics on major diseases, communicable diseases and vital statistics


White House Briefing Rooms

Latest federal statistics may be accessed through three links from the opening page: Economics Statistics Briefing Rooms; Social Statistics Briefing Rooms; and FedStats (described above). Some data overlaps with the Census Bureau and other government agency reports, but this site might be easier to use. Worth visiting to view the charts which accompany topics.



National League for Nursing - useful site for professional development, nursing education, and career information


All Nursing Schools - a guide to nursing education and careers


Graduate - comprehensive online source of nursing graduate school information in the United States


Nursing Spectrum - promotes career, continuing education, jobs, for RNs. Also deals with International Nursing


American Association of Colleges of Nursing


Accelerated BSN and MSN Programs



Nursing World - website of the American Nursing Association. Search the ‘online journal of issues in nursing’ for articles


APA Style Website - Purdue University Online Writing Lab


Honor Society of Nursing – provides links to nursing research, events, publications etc.


Nursing WebSearch – covers organizations, licensures, certification, grants and much more


National Institute of Nursing Research - training and career development programs to prepare individuals with requisite skills to conduct nursing research in an interdisciplinary setting.


National Council of State Boards of Nursing - (NCSBN), composed of Member Boards, provides leadership to advance regulatory excellence for public protection. Comprises boards of nursing in the 50 states and 5 US territories


CINAHL (SUNY Downstate Licensed resource. User name and password required)




NP Central - Nonprofit site for nurse practitioners in the field of practice development, advancement and educational support, and promotion of quality health care to the consumer


University of San Diego - Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science – information on Nursing theories, Nursing models, Nursing theory conferences


National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Nursing on the Net: resources for nursing professionals on varied topics viz. alternative medicine, continuing education, drug information, evidence based nursing and more


Nursing Library and Information Resources - links to sites for nurses to find out more about PDA – Personal Digital Assistants - how they work, where to buy them. This site from Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University also lists some of the popular and useful clinical reference sources.


Medscape - WebMD - free newsletters in nursing and daily e-mail alerts on clinical advances in specialty areas. Also includes information on Continuing Education, Patient Handouts etc. available on free registration



a companion to nursing theories and models


Nursing Theory (Clayton State University)


Welcome to Nursing Theories A-Z


Theory Art Gallery


Nursing History Research Resources


Grants for Individuals

Listing of nursing organizations that offer grants and scholarships to individuals - single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies by the US Department of Health and Human Services


PeriStats - free access to maternal and infant health data in the U.S. , state, city, and county developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center