|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
CLLS101 - DeRegnier
Clinical Laboratory Sciences Research Guide
To find books, journals, videos, and other library materials, there are several resources to use. Beginning at the library's homepage, you will find links for locating all types of library materials. Remember this path to find articles, books, class help pages, citation help, and more:
Library Homepage > Find menu
- Find Books, videos, and more using the online catalog. The online catalog is set-up so you can perform keyword searches, subject searches, title searches, etc.
- Find Journals: Journals may be available online, in print, or in microform. You can search by the full journal title, title words, or by subject.
- Find Articles using Databases. You can select Health and Medical Resources if you are specifically searching a health-related topic, or select other subject areas as necessary.
If you wish to select an article from one of these journals, please pick up the print copy from the second floor shelves and browse through the journal to find an article of interest. Remember that the journals are shelved in alphabetical order.American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Journal of Continuing Education Topics & Issues: Official Publication of the American Medical Technologists
Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology, and Oncology Medical Clinics of North America
* indicates journal recommended for class assignment
You can search online for topics of interest in these individual journals by linking out to the full text from the online catalog journals tab, or by clicking on the links below and then selecting the Full Text option. OR, you can also pick up the print copy from the second floor shelves and browse through the journal to find an article of interest.
Sample Journal Link-Out from the Online Catalog Journals Tab
To find articles pertinent to clinical laboratory sciences and other medical research articles, it is essential to use the appropriate databases that provide access to many citations and full-text articles. If you are doing research from off-campus, you will need to log-on to use databases licensed by FSU. You can log-on to the databases using your MyFSU username and password. Click here for more information on off-campus database access.
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 1800 journals. Use the CINAHL Headings subtab to get more subject-specific information on various topics. When you have found your subject heading, you may click on it to break your topic down by subdivision. Click on the refine search tab to add limits such as peer-reviewed or publication date limits. You can narrow and expand your search using the options available in this database.
Click here for a CINAHL Database Guide.
This is the largest biomedical database, with over 17 million citations. Search using keywords and then limit your search if necessary using the limits tab, related articles link, or selecting the Review tab to see only review articles. Other highly useful resources linked from PubMed include Single Citation Matcher and Consumer Health.
Click here for a PubMed Database Guide.
This is a general database that will be useful for searching about any topic you can come up with! You can do either a subject search or a keyword search. If having difficulties finding what you need, go to the Advanced Search. You may also want to try the related database, Academic Onefile.
In some databases you will see an option for a Text version of the document or a PDF version. In general, the PDF version is preferable as it is most often a scanned version of the original and will therefore contain the graphics. When e-mailing, printing, or saving a group of articles, be sure to select the full-text or PDF option if available.
Some databases contain little full-text, but allow you to link out to Ferris' holdings or the interlibrary loan request form. You will notice the Find it! links following individual citations that will indicate the availability of the article. The article may be available online, in the library, or may need to be obtained through interlibrary loan. Click on the Go button and you will be taken to the online version, library holdings record, or interlibrary loan form to obtain the article you desire.
Before requesting articles from interlibrary loan, please review the abstract and make sure that the article is on-topic. Also, please insure that the article is in a language that you speak, as some databases, such as PubMed index many non-English articles that have abstracts written in English. After you have evaluated the topical coverage and language of the article, please do not hesitate to request it through interlibrary loan if it is not available on campus.
Avoid plagiarism by properly citing your sources. Please go to the Citations webpage to learn how.
APA Citation Style Guide:
Learn basics about APA style, a prevalent citation format in the medical field.
Any more questions? Contact: Alison (Ali) Konieczny / Email / Phone: 231-591-3696 / Office: FLITE 315
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Last update: September 14, 2009