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. (http://library.pasadena.edu/vwebv/searchBasic)
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.
Related subjects (broader, narrower and see also)
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, first name, e.g. 'Hemingway, Ernest'.
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).
Examples of combined searches:
Search for: Medical ethics [
Search for: Medical care,
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 health or medicine. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.
- 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)
- Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html
- Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary (REF 610.3 M 3)
- Stedman's Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 S1-3)
- Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 T 1)
- Encyclopedia Britannica Online(Although this is also a general encyclopedia, the links to specialized resources are invaluable for discipline-based searches)
- Encyclopedia of Human Biology (REF 612.003 E 1)
- Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (616 H 5-4)
- Heart BookComplete text, from Yale Univ. School of Medicine
- Magill's Medical Guide (REF 610.3 M 4)
- Oxford Medical Companion (REF 610.3 O 1-2)
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
- Allied Health and Rehabilitation Professions Education Directory (REF 610.711 A 2)
- American Hospital Association. Guide to the Health Care Field (REF 610.25 A 1)
- Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (REF 615 M 1) or
- Merck Manuals Online Medical Library http://www.merck.com/mmpe/index.html
- RxList: The Internet Drug Index http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp
- State Health Facts Rich source of data, from the Kaiser Family Foundation
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (REF 371.425 O 1) or
- Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
- Use ProQuest, a database of periodical articles, to find articles about medical assisting and health related issues. 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.
- Use ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source to locate full text articles from journals in nursing and allied health.
- Use SIRS Knowledge Source, a database of both periodicals and government resources. Look under "Government Reporter", Domestic Affairs, Health Care Industry or search by government department (eg. Health and Human Services Department).
To browse or search to see if the Library has a subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List. (http://dv2dw2vb3l.search.serialssolutions.com/)[Top of Page]
Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site www.ipl.org or see recommended websites below.
- Hardin MD
- Hardin MD Nursing & Nursing Research
- Health Answers
- Martindale's Health Science Guide
- Information on diseases, procedures, and pharmaceuticals http://www.medicinenet.com/
- From the NLM, consumer-oriented service providing answers to health questions http://medlineplus.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
- Health news and information http://www.medscape.com/
- Mosby Periodicals Home Page
- National Institutes of Health
- NOAH New York Online Access to Health
- English and Spanish
- World Health Organization
- American Association of Medical Assistants
- American Medical Technologists
last updated: 07/08/2011 by P. Johnson revision #5