Research Guides


Listed below are resources that may be helpful in your research. If you need additional help, please see the Reference Librarian or your Instructor.

General Encyclopedias (Reference; AE Section; Online)

General encyclopedias are a good resource to begin your research. Often you will find a good overview article on your topic, with an outline and sometimes a bibliography. The online version of Encyclopedia Britannica is available anywhere on campus.

Medical Dictionaries (Reference; R121 Section)

Black’s Medical Dictionary (REF R121 B53)
The Dictionary of Modern Medicine (REF R121 S429)
Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health (REF R121 M65)
Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary (REF R121 M89)
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (REF R121 T18)

Medical Encyclopedias (Reference; RC81 Section)

Complete Home Medical Guide (REF RC81 C816)
Encyclopedia of Family Health (REF RC81 A2 E5)
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book (REF RC81 M473)
The Merck Manual of Medical Information (REF RC81 M535)

Additional Reference Books (Reference; R Section)

A General Encyclopedias
BF Psychology
QM Human Anatomy
QP Physiology
R Medicine
RA Public Health
RB Pathology
RC86+ First Aid
RD Surgery
RG Gynecology
RJ Pediatrics
RK Dentistry
RM Therapeutics
RM Therapeutics
RS Pharmacy
RT Nursing

Online Databases

EBSCOhost is an online database service provider and is available from any computer with Internet access. The online databases provide indexing and full-text articles from periodicals and newspapers. CINAHL Plus with Full Text,  Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, Nursing Reference Center, and Dynamed databases within EBSCOhost will be most helpful for your assignment.

PubMed is THE index for medical topics, which contains abstracts (summaries of the article). The full-text may often be found in one of the online databases or requested through interlibrary loan. PubMed may be searched from any computer with Internet access. (You will also find a link on the LRC online databases page.)

Specialized Periodical Indexes (Index Table; First Floor; Online)

Specialized periodical indexes are also available, including Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). These are arranged alphabetically by subject and include citations of articles from specialized medical journals, such as, Nursing, JAMA, and Dental Assistant. Be sure to consult the RSC Periodical & Newspaper List when utilizing these indexes. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is also available online through the EBSCOhost database.

Online Card Catalog

The online card catalog is an index to the library’s books and audiovisual materials. You may search the catalog from any computer with Internet access. The online card catalog can be searched in a variety of ways most notably by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, and KEYWORD.


Although an unorganized and unregulated resource, the Internet does contain valuable information.