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WR 222 - Pre-Nursing Students: Home

A guide to research for pre-nursing students

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Plain Language Medical Dictionary

The Plain Language Medical Dictionary features wonderfully simple definitions not only for anatomical and disease vocabulary, but for general words that occur frequently in medical contexts, such as "efficacy rate," "noxious," and "paramount."


MedlinePlus is the consumer-friendly site produced by the National Library of Medicine.  Use the Medical Dictionary for terminology help and Medical Encyclopedia for summary information.

Seeking out Topics

Not sure what research topic to take on? You may find some ideas here:

Finding Books, E-books, and other materials

Search for books, e-books, articles, and other materials at Western Oregon University, Summit, and beyond. 



NOTE: You can read e-books on any computer or download to your digital device. See: Using eBooks @ WOU

Orbis-Cascade (SUMMIT): Libraries and locations 

Article Databases

Comparing Standardized Vocabulary

Term from AltHealth Watch databaseTerm from MEDLINE databaseAs you search in databases, you can discover the Subject Terms (also named "Descriptors" or "Subject Headings") that are applied to articles on your topic.  This controlled vocabulary can be a powerful way of finding everything the database has on a topic without having to sort through a lot of irrelevant material. 

However, as you can see from the examples, each database can have its own preferred terminology for the same concept. So, when you switch databases, make sure to check its thesaurus for the terms that will help you be successful.Term from PsycInfo database

APA Citation Help

The APA Style Aid provides formatting, in-text citation and reference page assistance.

The APA In-Text Guidelines and Examples provides short video demonstratons of the APA In-Text Ciation Rules. 



NoodleTools helps you write citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago format. It also has tools to create notecards, draft an outline of your paper and keep track of "To Do" tasks. Citations can be exported directly to your Google Drive, or to Word or other formats.

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