Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2018     Views: 91

Depending on what you need for this class, there are some basic resources (GVRL), and also more detailed resources, with articles from scholarly journals and health magazines (ProQuest).

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) 
    • Contains Encyclopedias of Medicine, Surgery & Nursing.
    • It is a great starting point for an overview of a disease. Useful for the assignments or discussion board questions which ask you to describe a disease, and give its causes, symptoms, prevention, treatment, etc.
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health
    • Reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine. Wide range of topics that include nutrition, oncology, pediatric care, pharmacology and public health. 
  • ProQuest Health and Medical Collection 
    • Contains clinical, surgical, biomedical, consumer health, and healthcare administration journals, most with full-text articles on different aspects of your topic. Some are quite technical (or about experiments on rats), but there are many clinical trials and results of human studies, or reviews of what has been written on a subject. 

NOTE: All of these library databases have a Citation Tools or Cite button where you can get APA (or MLA) formatted citation for your references - just make sure you copy the correct one that your instructor wants you to use.

Narrowing down a topic about disease: 

Let's say you were researching "obesity". Because "obesity" is such a big topic, you may want to narrow it down by searching in ProQuest. Maybe you'll find articles about specific aspects, so you can add something to your paper or post about them.

Examples: obesity AND African-Americans or obesity AND "Gastric bypass surgery" or "morbid obesity". Choose whatever aspect interests you, which you would like to write part (or all) of your paper about.

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