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An easy way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic.
Do a keyword search of the Library catalog using words that are specific to your topic. Try using specific keywords, such as proper names, combining several keywords, or using keyword phrases. For example:
- current AND (issue* OR trend*) AND nurs*
- nurs* AND diagnos*
- nurs* AND "care plan*"
- nurs* AND "patient education"
- nurs* AND diversity AND cultur*
- nurs* AND (religion OR spirituality)
- "nursing aid*" or "nursing assis*"
- rn AND (exam* OR review)
- pn OR "practical nurse" OR lpn
- simulat* AND nurs* AND educat*
- For more tips on creating keyword searches, see the Journal Articles section of this guide
Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.
Try these subjects to browse the General and Reference Collections.
|nurses' aides||psychiatric nursing|
|nursing religious aspects||surgical nursing|
|pediatric nursing||transcultural nursing|
Another strategy is to search by call number. Health-related materials are shelved in the "R" section of libraries that use the Library of Congress classification system. Nursing books are located in several call number areas. A large amount of nursing books are located in the "RT" range.
Some nursing books are located in other areas of the "R" section if they deal with specific age groups . Nursing books may also be classified according to type of nursing. Search the Library catalog to locate the call number for specific nursing resources.
|Subject||Call Number Range|
|basic nurse assistant||RT84|
|pharmacology & nursing drug handbooks or guides||RM100-300s|
|practical nursing||RT 62|
There are two locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library: the reference collection (items don't leave the Library) and the general stacks (items that you can take home). Library staff members will be happy to help you find books in either section--just ask!
Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need. Some reference materials are available full text, online via our databases. Below are some examples of the types of reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.
Some of these resources are designed for consumers (such as the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic health books), some for health students and consumers (the Gale Encyclopedia series), and some for health professionals (Cecil or Harrison's), so the type and level of information differs to suit each audience. Some reference works are available in Spanish language versions.
Reference Best Bets
Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research
REF RT81.5 .P69 2011
Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
REF R 121.D73 2012 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)
Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health , 3rd edition, 2013
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library database
Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)
Goldman's Cecil Medicine
REF RC46 .C423
Conn's Current Therapy
REF RM101 .C87
Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
REF RC71 .A14
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333
The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
REF RT51 .L566 EBOOK Click Here
Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
REF RB38.2 .M67
NANDA Nursing Diagnoses : Definitions and Classifications
REF RT48.6 .N67
Physical Examination & Health Assessment
Religion : a Clinical Guide for Nurses
REF RT85.2 .R45 2012 and EBOOK Click Here
Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook
REF RM125 .S3
You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access these video databases from off-campus.
Academic Video Online
a collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful to nurses is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.
Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.
Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and nursing-related multimedia resources can be found by searching the COD Library catalog. Use your COD Library card to check these items out for in-library, home viewing, or online access (depending on availability).
Anatomical Models are available at the Library circulation desk.
For even more assistance with anatomy & physiology, check out the COD Library's Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide!