Information Literacy Session for Surgical Procedure Assignment
Goals for this library session: develop and use skills for research, including online encyclopedias, databases to locate articles, and websites.
WHY USE LIBRARY BASED RESOURCES:
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.
USING ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS:
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 one of our online encyclopedia collections:
You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library web page at https://www.cocc.edu/departments/library/default.aspx.
Here’s what you do:
Then look for the Resources by Type link. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll see the Encyclopedias and Dictionaries image. Click on it to get to our online encyclopedia collections.
Explore some other options for locating background information at COCC’s collection of online encyclopedias at http://guides.cocc.edu/resources-by-type/reference.
Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Nursing/Surgical Procedure are:
Genetics & Inherited Conditions (2010)
Encyclopedia of Obesity (2008)
Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine (2011)
Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer (2010)
Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health: Infancy through Adolescence (2011)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders (2012)
TO GET SOME ARTICLES, USE 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!
Get to COCC’s Barber Library list of databases at http://guides.cocc.edu/az.php.
You can also start with our COCC Library webpage and click on:
Take a look at the Resources by Subject link 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–Nursing are listed below. These will help you locate articles on nursing topics.
Academic Search Premier
CINAHL (Cummulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
Health Reference Center Academic
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Nursing Resource Center
TO SEARCH A JOURNAL ARTICLE DATABASE:
Journal Article Database Search Hints
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Once you get to your results, go to TOOLS, then choose Usage Rights, then choose type of rights.
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