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Learn how to locate a wellness resource.

Learn how to locate an ethics resource.


First, you are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at so that you can find books, background information and articles on wellness, and on ethics.

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.


Sometimes you just can’t search a journal article database successfully until you know at least some of the basic background (and language) for your topic.  To locate background information, try the online encyclopedia collections  listed below.  You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias.  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Wellness are:

Encyclopedia of the Mind
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Green Health: An A to Z Guide
Health and Medicine

Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Ethics are:

Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues


Start with the link for Barber Library Catalog.

Choose a keyword search.  Type in the keywords …try: nursing and ethics.

If you want to try truncation (using a wildcard chacter) do this: nurs* and ethic*


Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at:

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas–including Health Sciences.

Some database highlights from the Resources by Subject page for Health Sciences –these will help you locate articles on wellness and ethics topics.

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
Alt HealthWatch   Good for wellness topics.
Health and Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module   Good for wellness topics.
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source Consumer Edition   Good for wellness topics.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition   Good for ethics topics.
MasterFile Premier   Good for wellness topics.
Nursing and Allied Health Collection   Good for ethics topics.
Nursing Resource Center    Good for ethics topics.


Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “mindfulness meditation”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: exercis*

  • use boolean commands
    example: diet* and health*
    example: health* and (diet* or nutrit*)

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles may be located from the COCC Library e-journals link or may be ordered via inter-library loan.



Oh, and don’t forget!   You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Deskref….or use our 24/7 chat service!  Go to –we can help you via chat, phone, in person, and e-mail!








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