Health Care & Medicine

Objective: To support student research in the Nursing program and all students conducting research in Health topics.

General Healthcare Research

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    The National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues (FAQs).
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    Mayo Clinic
    A nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.


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    RTo browse medical books in the library, see the R sections.


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    Dictionaries & Manuals

    American Heritage Dictionary of Medicine, 2015 (via Credo Reference)
    Book Cover“…reflects the latest developments in medicine, with entries featuring newly approved medications, advances in genetics and immunology, recent changes in the terminology of diseases and syndromes, and new psychiatric classifications introduced in DSM-5.”

    Barron’s Dictionary of Medical Terms, 6th ed. 2013 (via Credo Reference)
    Over 7,500 entries from Barron’s Educational Series.

    Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5 (print Reference RC455.2 .C4D536 2013)
    Standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field.

    Medline Plus: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary

    Merck Index (print Reference RS51 .M4 2013)
    Comprehensive reference work on organic chemistry that provides information on thousands of substances and structural formulas.



    Harvard Medical School Health Topics A-Z, 2013 (via Credo Reference)
    679 entries of “In-depth descriptions of the most common diseases, symptoms, procedures, and tests written by Harvard Medical School faculty members.”

    MedlinePlus: A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia
    “…includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.”

    Multimedia Medical Encyclopedia
    From the University of Maryland Medical Center.


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    Follow the links to search these online reference books or use the call numbers to find the physical copies in the library’s reference collection.

    Magill’s Medical Guide, 7th ed. (RC41 .M34 2014 v.1-5)
    Book Cover1,200 articles covering “diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues.”

    Addictions & Substance Abuse (RC563 .A356 2013 v.1-2)
    400 essays. Topics include substances of abuse, treatment and addiction overviews, organizations and foundations dedicated to treatment and prevention, physiological and psychological issues and behaviors, trends and statistics, and social contexts and concerns related to substance abuse and treatment.

    Cancer (RC265 .C336 2009 v.1-4)
    800 entries that provide concise overviews of cancer biology, causes, therapies, and related social issues.

    Book CoverComplementary & Alternative Medicine (R733 .C66 2012 v.1-4)
    800 essays on history, alternative vs. traditional medicine, children’s health, insurance coverage, pain management, and spirituality.

    Genetics & Inherited Conditions (RB155.5 .G4616 2010 v.1-3)
    459 essays on diseases, biology, techniques, methodologies, genetic engineering, biotechnology, ethics, and social issues. 

    Infectious Diseases & Conditions (RC111 .I4577 2012 v.1-3)
    610 essays on all aspects of infectious diseases including pathogens and pathogenicity, transmission, the immune system, vaccines, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, drug resistance, epidemiology, history, organizations, research, and social concerns such as aging, poverty and disease, children and disease, stress, quarantine, and bioterrorism.

    Psychology and Mental Health (BF636 .P86 2010)
    This comprehensive set covers notable theories, people, social issues, life stages, the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, and various mental illnesses or conditions.


    Visual Learning

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    Health & Medicine” collection from FilmsOnDemand. Thousands of videos on a wide variety of health related topics, most include full transcripts.


    Stanford Health Video Library   
    The Stanford Health Video Library programs feature prominent doctors presenting the latest health research.



    Top Nursing Sources

  • OVID Nursing Journals@Ovid contains more than sixty full-text nursing titles. From Wolters Kluwer.
  • CINAHL Full Text. ‘Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.’ Via EBSCO and the EBSCOhost interface.
  • New to CINAHL? View our quick tutorial (2:27 min).
  • Health Source Full Text. Nursing/Academic edition. Includes “AHFS Consumer Medication Information,” a guide to drugs. Via EBSCO and the EBSCOhost interface.
  • Features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.