|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
For more Sonography resources, please see the Sonography Research Guide
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The snapshot of the Library Homepage below highlights the Find menu which is a good starting point to find various library resources, such as books, articles, journals, subject guides, etc.
To build a strong understanding of your topic, topic overviews and background information are crucial. Good resources for background information include:
- Subject-specific encyclopedias: Select individual encyclopedias from the Health & Medicine subject area, or try cross-searching numerous encyclopedias and reference books using:
- Books: Try searching by keyword. If interested in only online books (e-books), after you've run your search, under Format, select E-book.
- Ebrary is a collection of many online books that may prove to be helpful as well
After gathering background information on your topic, you will want to focus your search in general and research databases to find articles on your topic. If you are doing research from off-campus, you will need to log-on to use databases and other online resources licensed by FSU. All you will need to log-on from off-campus is your MyFSU username and password. Click here for more information on off-campus database access.
Starting at the Library's homepage, then clicking on the Find button shown above, then selecting Articles, and then selecting the correlating subject area from the left-hand menu, you will find links to some of the following databases:
As stated above, Stat!Ref is an excellent starting point for researching medical topics. Enter your search term into the search box and you will obtain a rank-ordered list of results taken from various medical encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other medical reference books. A very helpful feature of this database is the Related Concepts box to the left of the results that will provide you with synonyms for your topic. These related concepts or synonyms can be used to enhance your searches in this database, as well as the other databases.
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Find information from medical encyclopedias, journal articles, pamphlets, videos, and more using this database that is filled with information oriented towards health care consumers. This is a nice place to get a general overview of different diseases and conditions, as well as medications.
This is the largest biomedical database, with over 21 million citations. Search using keywords and then limit your search if necessary using the Limits link, Related Citations link, or the Review link to see only review articles.
To get the full text of the articles, you will need to click on the Find It link. **Click all of the way into the record to see the Find It link. For more information on getting the full text of articles, see the Obtaining the Full-Text of Articles section below.
Click here for PubMed Database tutorials.
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 3000 journals. Once you've run a search, use the options on the left-hand side to narrow your date range, and consider using Subject: Major Heading to limit your search to a major topic of interest.
To get the full text of the articles, you will need to click on the Find It link. For more information on getting the full text of articles, see the Obtaining the Full-Text of Articles section below.
Click here for a CINAHL database guide
This is a general database that will be useful for searching many subject areas. By default, you can search for a single subject. If your subject is not found, try switching to the Basic Search to look by keyword, or consider using the Advanced Search.
Articles from Newspapers
Generally you will want to use scholarly articles from journals, but if you are in search of newspaper articles, there are many great newspaper databases available through the library.
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 online, in the library, or the need to interlibrary loan the article. 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. Please see the example below:
Sample Article Link Out:
When writing research papers, scholarly articles from Academic Journals and other reliable sources, such as reference books should be utilized. For help determining if an article is scholarly, please click here. The databases discussed above can help you locate reliable information. If you are using websites as sources of information, be sure to evaluate the website. For more information on how to evaluate a website, please click here. Also, for information that is oriented towards patients, you may want to look at Medline Plus, which links you out to reliable information sources that have been selected by the National Library of Medicine.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.
DMS Research Guide: Selected databases, books, journals, websites, etc. are listed on this research guide.
Choose your topic area, and proceed from there.
Look for journals by doing title, keyword, or subject searches.
Find Books and More:
Look for books, videos, and other library holdings.
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: Sept. 6, 2011