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Salem Health is a great place to find answers to general questions about diseases and medical conditions including description, diagnosis, and therapy questions. RECOMMENDATION: Select the filter drop-down arrow by the search box to limit your search to Health books.
Credo Reference is another excellent source for answers to general questions about diseases and medical conditions. This online reference book collection includes several medical encyclopedias and dictionaries.;
Articles are a great source for more specific questions. For example, turn to them for examples of wellness behaviors. At BC3, the primary databases for search wellness or health topics would be EBSCOhost's MasterFile Premier and Health Source databases.
If you need to find scholarly journal articles for your research project, then your best best for wellness topics are the following databases.
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
Provides convenient access to over 50 of today's leading journals in nursing and related studies for practice, education, research, and administration. The package includes Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, AJN: The American Journal of Nursing, Clinical Nursing Research, and the Journal of Patient Safety, among many more.
PubMed is the premier index to medical literature. It is a free resource developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE, links to full-text articles found in PubMed Central or at publisher websites, and other related resources. PubMed also provides Clinical Queries search filters, and Special Queries pages.
CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,928 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1981.
Books are an excellent source for both general and specific topics. They provide a greater depth of information. You might find an entire book helpful or simply use a chapter. Use the BC3 Library Catalog to find both print books and online ebooks. If you only want ebooks, you can search those collections individually.
Ebook Central is a collection of academic eBooks from leading publishers. It covers the arts, business, education, health & medicine, history, law, literature & language, religion & philosophy, science & technology and the social sciences.
Whenever you use an idea or information from a source, you need to cite it within the text of your paper as you write it. In MLA style, this is usually done by inserting a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence in which you used the source. Within the parentheses, you should include the author's (or authors') last name and the page number. If there is no page number, such as for a website, then just list the author. If there is no author, list the title in quotes.
In MLA style, a complete citation for each of the sources that you use needs to be listed at the end of the paper on a separate page title, "Works Cited." The citations should be listed alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If there is not author, then use the first word of the title (excluding articles like "the" or "a"). Here is a link to a basic MLA style guide.
Here is an MLA sample paper from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue.
Get the Full Text
If you are viewing an article citation in a database or website, look for a PDF full text icon or link. PDF is the preferred format over Html (web format) because it will look like the print version and it will usually have pagination, which is helpful for citing.
If the full text is not freely available, you can request articles through the BC3 Library's document delivery service. We will try to get it for you from another library and then email it to you. On average, this will take about a day.
If you are using an EBSCOhost database, when viewing the article record, click on the Request Article link located in the article record.
If you are using a different database or find an article on the web, submit your request using our Document Delivery form.
BC3 Library Catalog
Search the BC3 Library Catalog by the Journal Title (NOT the article title) to see if we have a subscription to the journal. The catalog will link you to the database or web site if we have online availability. It will also show if there is a print copy in the library.
The Mayo Clinic Health Letter is an excellent resource for health and medical information on a wide range of topics. It is available in the BC3 Library's print collection. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance finding it in the library.