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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."
Seeking out Topics
Discussions about all types of issues that nurses and nursing students face.
Not sure what research topic to take on? You may find some ideas here:
Finding Books, E-books, and Other Materials
WOU is a member of Summit, which gives you access to millions of items from other colleges and universities -- delivered right to WOU!
Start your search on the library homepage:
Ebooks can be read on any computer. Learn more about ebooks here.
You can also visit Summit libraries in person: Summit Libraries and locations
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
This database provides strong journal article coverage in the fields of nursing and allied health. In addition, this database includes Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.
Nursing Resource Center
Nursing Resource Center is a comprehensive resource that nurses, students, and instructors trust to deliver quality results because it was designed to match the Nursing Process.
Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module
Based on a variety of reliable health encyclopedias, journals, newsletters and streaming videos from medical experts, this database provides in depth information on diseases and conditions along with links to trusted medical websites. The Alternative Health Module is a great resource for alternative and complementary therapies.
Ebsco Medical Databases
Search Ebscohost Medical databases at the same time.
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database that provides citations and full-text for articles published in nearly 4,500 journals, including more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, this database provides citations
Contains more than 4 million citations for biomedical literature covering a broad range of medical topics relating to research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services. Created and maintained by the U.S. National Library
Indexes and summarizes more than 2 million scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines. 97 percent of the material is peer-reviewed. The database also includes information about the psychologic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic and Consumer Editions
Full-text access to nearly 550 scholarly journals on many medical disciplines. Many additional journals are indexed and abstracted. In addition to the scholarly/peer reviewed materials, this search also provides consumer health literature.
Gale Power Search
Searches several Gale databases, including Nursing and Allied Health, at the same time. DOES NOT include Nursing Resource Center or Health & Wellness Resource Center.
Comparing Standardized Vocabulary
As 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.
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How to Set-up and Use NoodleTools