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The Library Search Box provides you with access to many full-text electronic resources such as scholarly journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles and e-books. Primo also serves as the library catalog for MCTC Libraries and allows you to find print books, DVDs and other materials available within our campus libraries. You can search the library resources 24/7 on any computer or device with Internet access to find a host of scholarly resources to use for you class assignments!*
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Why search here? Designed for use in hospitals, medical institutions and academic institutions.
What's included? From clinical guides and evidence-based practice manuals to practical handbooks and professional growth titles, this collection includes more than 720 ebooks that provides researchers the information they need to provide outstanding care.
What's included? Full text of a selection of reference e-books.
Searching Databases for Medical Research
When you are searching the databases in your research, consider the following tips:
Make a list of possible search terms you can type in the search box of a particular database. Combine terms for advanced searches to focus your searches more specifically.
Pay attention to suggested search terms that many databases provide to you. These may help you become aware of additional terms you may need to search for your research.
Be aware that databases and catalogs often organize subject-specific information according to thesauri or a general subject classification, such as Library of Congress Classification (LCC). The use of this specialized terminology and vocabulary means you may need to search not only for natural language terms such as "babies" but also "infants" to find appropriate information. Additionally, medical databases, such as CINAHL may use the U.S. National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and provide this vocabulary within "headings" that you may search and explore related subheadings.
For a tutorial on how to use CINAHL/MeSH Headings, click here.
MCTC Reference Books
Below are just a few drug reference books available at MCTC campus libraries. Some may be checked out and some may be located in the Reference areas, meaning they cannot be checked out. Books about medicine can be found in the Library of Congress Classification on the shelves in the area of the "R's." Ask if you need help finding a book!
Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.
Why search here? AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish.
What's included? Drug information written in lay language for consumers. Available in a Spanish version translated by experienced human health and medical translators (not by computer programs)
Conforms to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Keystone Guidelines for the provision of “useful” prescription medicine information to consumers and the FDA's Guidance for Useful Written Consumer Medication Information. Includes “How To” monographs for administering different types of medications such as eye drops and inhalers. Identifies medications that have the potential for adverse events when used by elderly patients as recommended by a panel of nationally recognized experts (Beers Criteria). These criteria identify medications that should generally be avoided or that should be used with caution in older adults (65 years of age or older)
Why search here? Provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies.
What's included? Includes the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. Use keyword search, and also locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more.
Why search here? Nurse educators and students depend on the CINAHL Database to research their subject areas.
What's included? Full text of nursing & allied health journals and access to access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals and book chapters, legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, research instruments, and clinical trials.
Why search here? Authoritative bibliographic database contains citations and abstracts, and some full text, for biomedical and health journals used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians and researchers.
What's included? Contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world.
Why search here? Prepares students for clinical success, helps build the research skills that students need today and to advance their careers tomorrow. Presents a unique mix of practical and theoretical content in a nursing and allied health specific interface.
What's included? Peer-reviewed journal articles, clinical skills videos, case studies, and multi-cultural reports.