Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Dental Health

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

The library catalog is a database of books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Crowns (Dentistry)
  • Dental assistants
  • Dental auxiliary personnel
  • Dental care
  • Dental caries
  • Dental ceramics
  • Dental hygiene
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental technology

Related subjects (broader, narrower and see also)

  • Dentistry
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Medical care
  • Medical ethics
  • Mouth radiography
  • Nutrition and dental health
  • Periodontics
  • Teeth - Anatomy
  • Teeth - Radiography

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Dietz, Ellen Roberta'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.  You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., RNA or ribonucleic acid), or as a phrase (e.g., chemical elements).

Search for: Dental Dentistry
[any of these words],
Search in:
[ Keyword anywhere]
Search for: Communication [any of these words],
Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: Dental care [as a phrase], Search in: [Subject]
Search for: practice habits
[any of these],
Search in:
[Keyword Anywhere]

Library Books Sorted by Date

Library Books Sorted by Call Number

Resources in Dental Programs

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as the Dental Health field. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • Black's Medical Dictionary   REF 610.3 B 2
  • Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary   REF 610.3 D 1-4
  • Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary   REF 610.3 D 2
  • Miller-Keane Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health  REF 610.3 M 1-2
  • Mosby's Medical Dictionary  REF 610.3  M 3
  • Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary  REF 610.3 M 3
  • Stedman's Medical Dictionary  REF 610.3  S 1-3
  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary   REF 610.3  T 1

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of Human Biology   REF 612.003  E 1
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health  REF 610.3  G 1
  • Magill’s Medical Guide   REF 610.3  M 4

Almanacs and Yearbooks

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States  REF 317.3  U 1
  • Statistical Record of Health and Medicine  REF 614.0973  S 1
  • World Almanac  REF 310  W 1

Handbooks, Manuals, Directories

  • Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry   REF 617.6  D 14
  • Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy  REF 615  M 1
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook  REF 371.425  O 1 (most current at the Reference desk)
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look under "Find Articles" and click on Databases by Name or Databases by Subject (

  • Proquest: a database of periodical articles, to find allied health professional journals.   As with the catalog, search under a variety of terms. Use Proquest also for access to the LA Times, USA Today and New York Times.
  • ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source:includes more than 250 full-text articles from journals in nursing and allied health. Includes scholarly journal articles.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online: especially helpful for locating links to specialized resources in a specific discipline.
  • Periodical Title List: locate journals by title, keyword or subject category.  This listing will help you locate periodicals which the Shatford Library provides access to in a variety of formats (paper, microform, database access or e-journal links).
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Medline Plus
Pub Med
AGD - Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Association of Endodontists
American Association of Orthodontists
American College of Prosthodontists
American Dental Assistants Association
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association
California Dental Association
California Dental Hygiene Association
CDC Oral Health Resources (Proctor & Gamble)
Dental Hygiene Education - Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH MS
DHNet National Center for Dental Hygiene Research
Dental Resources
Discovery Health
FDI World Dental Federation
Hardin MD Oral Diseases/Dental Hygiene
Hispanic Dental Association
HRSA Information Center
International Association for Dental Research
Martindale's - the "Virtual" Dental Center
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH)

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last updated: 07/11/2011 by P.Johnson revision #4