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Research Guide: Patient Care Technician - General Resources

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Health Reference Center Academic
Full-text nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources.
Health Source: Nursing & Academic Edition
Scholarly full-text journals. Abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. Updated daily.
Full-text for nursing & allied health journals.
EBSCO Health Databases
Search all 4 of the EBSCO health databases at once! These include Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, CINAHL, MEDLINE, and Health Source: Consumer Edition.
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module (Gale)
Encyclopedia, dictionary, drug index, magazine articles.
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Gale Power Search
Search 12 different databases at once!
Covers a wide range of subject areas
Notice the different results links on the left on the search result page: Magazines, Academic Journals, etc. (each link is a different set of results).
The most recent articles are listed first on the results page - check to make sure your article was published in the last five years!
Note which database you article comes from - look for "From ______" on the search page (ex - From General One File). You will need this for your citation.

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Find Books...

Recommended Books
Title Location Call Number
Atlas of anatomy Reference QM25 .G55 2012
Magill's medical guide Reference
RC 41 .M34 2011 6 vols.
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Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions Reference R121 .M89 2013
Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions Downtown
R121 .M89 2013
Netter's infectious diseases Reference RC111 .N38 2012
Physician's desk reference  Reference RS75 .P5 2015
Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary Reference R121 .T18 2013


Example Subject Headings: diseases, symptoms, diabetes, cancer

Call Number Range:

  • R (General Medicine)
  • RA (Public Aspects of Medicine)
  • RC (Internal Medicine)
  • RT (Nursing)
Library Catalog
Find materials that are in the physical library.
Primarily good for finding books.
Books are usually about broader topics than articles, so you may need to broaden your search terms (ex- instead of "texting" perhaps search for "cell phone use").
Books are not going to be as up-to-date as articles because they take longer to publish.
See which library the book is located in, and what section.
Be sure to write down the book's call number!
eBook Collection (EBSCO)
Search the full-text (every word on every page) of over 120,000 books - completely electronic
E-Book Hint:: On the search page, check the box "Also search within the full text of the articles" to search within the text of the book to get more results.
Note you can only print 10 pages at a time - only print out the important pages
For citation information: click on "Detailed Record" in the left sidebar when viewing an e-book. You will need this information later on!
Ebook Central (Proquest)
Search entire books available online.
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Online Databases / Journals

MEDLINEplus: Easy-to-understand resource on various diseases and health topics for the public. Includes information from MEDLINE, links to self-help groups, health organizations, medical dictionaries, and clinical trials,

Pub Med: The National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database covering medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Includes citations from almost 4,000 journals. Contains approximately 9 million records,

New England Journal of Medicine:

AIDS Education Global Information System:

The Merck Manual of Medical Information:

Health and Government Organizations

American Lung Association: Good source for information about lungs and lung related diseases,

Centers for Disease Control: Good source for statistical information on diseases,

Mayo Health Oasis: from the Mayo Clinic. Features health headlines, articles, interactive quizzes, links to related sites. Can search by drug name,

Medical Library Association: Information for health consumers and patients, Medical Library Association,

National Institute of Nursing Research:

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Last updated: 04/30/18