|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Health Promotion Websites
- CAM Websites
- Finding Library Materials
- Starting your Research
- Finding Info. using FLITE Databases
- Obtaining the Full-Text of Articles
- Evaluating your Articles
- APA Citation Style Links
- Other Useful Library Links
Health Promotion in Nursing
- Healthy People 2020
- CDC Healthy Living
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- My Plate
- Michigan Health and Wellness
- BAM: Body and Mind: CDC's Health Promotion website for Children
- Small Steps, including a link to the Small Step Kids website
- CDC Healthy Aging
- Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine: This will require you to logon from off-campus. Use the within publication search box to the left of the encyclopedia information, or browse the Table of Contents or Book Index. Encyclopedias are a great place to find background information on topics.
- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, including Types of CAM, such as natural products, mind and body medicine, etc.
- MedlinePlus (a service of the U. S. National Library of Medicine) information on CAM
- Johns Hopkins Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- JAMA Topic Collection - CAM
- Dietary Supplements Label Database
Cochrane Library: The Cochrane Library is a valuable resource for evidence-based medicine. Although NOT specifically focused on CAM, it may contain some valuable systematic reviews on CAM topics.
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.
You may want to start off by gathering background information from books, many of which are available online. Please see the Finding Online Books Guide.
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. When doing research from off-campus, you will need to log-on to use databases and other online resources licensed by FSU. Simply use your MyFSU username and password to log-on. For more information on off-campus database access, click here.
Stat!Ref is a database that cross-searches numerous medical Reference Books, so it is a great place to find background information on many medical topics.
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 under the search box, Related Citations link, or selecting the Review link to see only review articles. The Related Citations link works really well in PubMed, so when you find an article that is on topic, click on Related Citations! To focus specifically on CAM, from PubMed's homepage, go under PubMed Tools and select Topic-Specific Queries and scroll down that page and select Complementary Medicine to search that subset of PubMed.
To get the full text of the articles, you must click into the PubMed record, then 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 PubMed tutorials
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 3000 journals. To focus your search on journals related to CAM you can scroll down the initial search screen, and under Journal Subset select Alternative/Complementary Therapies. Once you've run a search, use the options on the left-hand side to narrow your date range, and consider scrolling further down the results screen and using Subject: Major Heading to limit your search to major topics 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 tutorial
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: Natural/heral medicines information can be found in this evidence-based resource. You can search by the natural product, or by diseases and conditions.
Health & Wellness Resource Center
This database is by default oriented towards consumer health information and is a good place to find resources that would be directed at patients, but also contains much information oriented towards health care professionals. Information in this database includes medical encyclopedias, journal articles, pamphlets, videos, and health assessment tools.
This is a general database that will be useful for finding information on about any topic you can come up with! Start off using the default Subject Guide Search box, and if you don't find your subject, switch to the Advanced Search that will let you search by keywords and limit your articles to particular journals, as well as to full-text, peer-reviewed, etc. Academic Onefile is a database that will have many similar articles, but will also have unique content, so try them both! Academic OneFile operates in the same manner as General OneFile.
MedlinePlus/Consumer Health: Another highly useful resource from the National Library of Medicine (as is PubMed), this resource provides reliable information oriented towards patients. Increase your ability to provide information to patients who do not speak English by using the vast resources in multiple languages available through MedlinePlus.
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. 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. There is a great article about Peer Review that you may want to read. For more help determining if an article is scholarly, peer-reviewed or refereed (those terms all mean the same thing), 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.
Printable 2 page APA Quick Style Guide:
Learn basics about APA style, a prevalent citation format in the medical field.
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.
Using the Find Menu from the top of the library's page, you can find:
- Books: Using the online catalog, beyond books, you can also find videos, government documents, course reserves, etc. The online catalog is set-up so you can perform keyword searches, subject searches, title searches, etc.
- Articles. Using the library's databases, you can select Health and Medical Resources if you are specifically searching a health-related topic, or select other subject areas as necessary.
- Journals: Many journals are available online, but may also be in print or in microform. You can search by the full journal title, title words, or by subject.
- Online Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and other Reference Books: Search these reference books individually, or cross search a group of books using Facts on File, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Sage eReference Encyclopedias, or using our friend Stat!Ref.
Any more questions? Contact: Alison (Ali) Konieczny / Email / Phone: 231-591-3696 / Office: FLITE 315
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Last update: January 12, 2012