Health Care & Medicine

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

General Healthcare Research

ProQuest Database Chooser

wcc students only logo ProQuest “Health & Medicine”: This resource covers publications on the latest medical information for researchers.

wcc students only logo Consumer Health Database: Detailed scientific studies and popular consumer information on specific aspects of health topics such as sports injuries, women’s health, nutrition, eye care, dentistry, and more.


wcc students only logo eLibrary: A browsable collection of multidisciplinary content. Editorially created pages provide valuable context for both common and more unusual topics of research.

Browse to Topics > Science > Health & Medical Sciences.
medlinePlus log

OA Logo Medline Plus: 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.

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OA Logo Mayo Clinic: A nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.

Browse the Stacks

R To browse medical books in the library, visit the R section.

Manuals & Encyclopedias

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American Heritage Dictionary of Medicine, 2015 (via Credo Reference)
“…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.

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.”

Salem Press: Health

This comprehensive consumer health collection covers all aspects of human health, from addictions to diseases, nutrition, adolescent and women’s health, psychology, alternative treatments and more. All Salem Health titles provide easy-to-understand, up-to-date, and accessible information on a wide range of important consumer health issues.

Magill’s Medical Guide, 7th ed. (RC41 .M34 2014 v.1-5)
1,200 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.

Complementary & 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.

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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.

Nursing Research Databases

Ovid Nursing Journals

wcc students only logo OVID Nursing: Contains full-text nursing journal titles. From Wolters Kluwer.


wcc students only logo CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health Literature): Nursing and Allied Health journals. Also uses MeSH.

healthsource nursing

wcc students only logo Health Source (Academic/Nursing): Journals focusing on medical disciplines such as nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.

Features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.