This pathfinder is a guide to help you begin your research. As sources and topics in the medical field are vast, these are only representative examples of the research paths you can pursue. For more assistance, you may contact the librarian.

Library Catalog (Polaris)

There are several ways you can begin your search on Polaris. Keyword searching works similar to Google. Just type in your search terms and choose among the suggestions from the drop down menu or use your own terms. You can also use the Browse tab to search by subject headings, title, and author. Type in your desired terms and browse the results to narrow your search. Advanced searching allows you to search all record fields, should you require something more specific, while Boolean searching allows you to explore a wider range of concepts. Based on your need, choose your search strategy accordingly.

Following is a sample list of subject search terms to help you begin your search. Please bear in mind that this is only a sample and that there are many other subject terms you can use. If the term or concept you are looking for is not listed here, just type it into one of the search tabs described above and go from there. Also, be sure to use the left side navigation tool in Polaris for “instant” assistance in expanding or narrowing your search terms.


Basic Nursing Care




Coronary Heart Disease



Emergency Medicine



Heart – Diseases

Human Anatomy

Kidneys – Diseases




Nursing Assessment

Nursing Care

Nursing Care Plans – Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Nursing Diagnosis

Nursing Diagnosis – Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Nursing – Examinations, questions, etc.

Nursing – Gastrointestinal












Following is a selection of nursing resources found on Polaris. Many hundreds more are available by using the search terms above. These are only some suggestions.

610.73 S638 2008; Brunner & Suddarth’s textbook of medical-surgical nursing; Suzanne C. Smeltzer … [et al.]; 2008

615.4 P371 2009; Pediatric dosage handbook : including neonatal dosing, drug administration & extemporaneous preparations; Taketomo, Carol K.; 2009

616 P942 9TH ED; Professional guide to diseases; Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009

616.047 M555; The Merck manual of patient symptoms : a concise, practical guide to etiology, evaluation, and treatment; Robert S. Porter, editor ; Justin L. Kaplan, senior assistant editor ; Barbara P. Homeier, assistant editor; 2008

616.07 M478 5TH ED; Pathophysiology : the biologic basis for disease in adults and children; Kathryn L. McCance, Sue E. Huether; 2006

618.92 N431 2007; Nelson textbook of pediatrics; Robert M. Kliegman … [et al.]; 2007

eBook; Concept mapping [electronic resource] : a critical-thinking approach to care planning; Pamela McHugh Schuster; 2008

eBook; Cox’s clinical applications of nursing diagnosis [electronic resource] : adult, child, women’s, mental health, gerontic, and home health considerations; Susan A. Newfield … [et al.]; 2007

eBook; Current diagnosis & treatment [electronic resource] ; pediatrics; William W. Hay, Jr. … [et al.]; 2009

eBook; Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of children a guide for students of nursing, child care and health; MacGregor, Janet; 2008

eBook; Men’s health [electronic resource] : the practice nurse’s handbook; Ian Peate; 2007

eBook; Nursing care at the end of life palliative care for patients and families; Zerwekh, Joyce V. (Joyce Valborg); 2006

DVD 0179; Administration of Injections; Concept Media; 2006

DVD 0180; Infection Control; Concept Media; 2008

DVD 0181; Mathematics for Nursing; Concept Media; 2007

DVD 0182; Tracheostomy: Basic Care and Advanced Care; Concept Media; 2006

DVD 0184; Respiratory Suctioning; Concept Media; 2006

Subscription Databases

Available on campus, from home via MyCampus portal, or with a password. MyCampus portal login instructions

Nursing Resource Center – Reference books and articles in nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, consumer health and allied health disciplines. Features Common Drugs A – Z  Index and Common Diseases A – Z  Index.

Proquest – Full text journal articles on many medical-related topics. Subject headings or search terms include Nursing, Healthcare, Medical Treatment, Patients, Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Diseases, and Diseases AND Health. Use the “Browse Topics” feature to search for many more.

Credo Reference – Browse the Medicine topic category (under Find Topic Pages heading) for a list of resources on various diseases.

Ebrary– eBooks on medical-related topics. Access appropriate subject headings on homepage, including “Nursing & Allied Health.”

Netlibrary – eBooks on medical-related topics. Access through Polaris. Search results will be indicated with a computer icon and link to full-text.

Wilson Web Reference Shelf – Covers medical topics such as Diseases and Disorders, Health, the Health Care Industry, Health Care Professions, and Mental Health. Selected pathfinders are available on the homepage.


Note: Please ask the librarian for assistance in accessing these print journals. You may not find them in Polaris in the course of your searching.

Harvard Health Letter (Yuba College)

Health (Yuba College)

Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling (Yuba College)

Journal of Pediatric Health Care (Yuba College)

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (Yuba College)

New England Journal of Nursing (Yuba College)

Nurse Educator (Yuba College)

Nursing Outlook (Yuba College)

PN (Yuba College)

Prevention (Yuba College)

RN (Yuba College)

Clinical Evidence journal and database –

Evidence-Based Nursing online journal –

Free Web Sources

Advance for Nurses –

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U.S.) –

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) (U.S.) –

Board of Registered Nursing –

Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians –

Canadian Centre for Health Evidence (Canada) –

Cochrane Collaboration (U.K.) –

Emedicine (from WebMD) –

Grey’s Anatomy –

Health Finder (US Dept. of Health & Human Services) –

Instant Anatomy – http://www.instantanatomy. net/anatomy.html

Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing –

Joanna Briggs Institute (Australia) –

Library of Medicine (National Institute of Health) –

Mayo Clinic –

MedScape (from WebMD) –

Merck Manual Medical Library –

National Guideline Clearinghouse (U.S.) –

Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section –

NurseWeek –

Online Surgical and Health Video and Webcasts –

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Best Practice Guidelines (Canada) –

University of Iowa’s Evidence-Based Practice Center (U.S.) –

Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library (VHL) – = 4002


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