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Surgical Technology Books, Videos & Models


Browsing the Collection

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

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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.

Keyword Searching

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:

  • bloodborne pathogens
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 OR HIPAA
  • operating room AND safety
  • infection control AND (health OR medicine)
  • 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.

Subject Searching

Try these subjects to browse the General and Reference Collections.

asepsis bloodborne infections prevention
draping (surgery) drugs
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (United States) medical instruments and apparatus
operating room nursing operating room technicians
patients--positioning sterilization
surgery surgical errors--prevention
surgical instruments and apparatus surgical technology

Call Number Searching

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. CSP books are located in several call number areas.

Sometimes books are located in other areas of the "R" section if they deal with specific age groups . Other resources may be located outside the "R" section if they deal with legal matters (such as malpractice or legal/ethical issues). Search the Library catalog to locate the call numbers for specific resources.

Subject Call Number Range
Asepsis RD91
Bloodborne Pathogens RA642
Medical Terminology R123
Surgery RD
Surgical equipment & instruments RD71

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

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.

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Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary

small yellow star.jpgGale Virtual Reference Library database
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized health/medicine-related Gale Encyclopedias

Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition
REF RC46 .C423 2012

Conn's Current Therapy
REF RM101 .C87 2013

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
REF RC71 .A14 2014

small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333 2012

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
REF RB38.2 .M67 2013

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery
REF RD598.5 .V37 2014

Stedman's Medical & Surgical Equipment Words
REF R123 .S698 2007

Stedman's Surgery Words : Includes Anatomy, Anesthesia, & Pain Management
REF RD16 .S74 2006

Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations
REF RD41 .Z65 2011

Streaming Health & Medical Videos

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access these video databases from off-campus.

Check out the link to the HS Faculty: Streaming, DVD & VHS Video FAQs for tips on how to quickly locate videos on bloodborne pathogens and HIPAA!

Academic Video Online
A diverse collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful 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.

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video is a collection of video materials for the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology. The collection allows students and faculty to easily find, cite, and share footage of top clinicians and academics explaining the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations, while demonstrating effective techniques and methods for their treatment.

Sports Medicine And Exercise Science In Video
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and health-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

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!