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RSPT 2210: Cardiopulmonary Disease - LSC-Kingwood

The best library assignments are those that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use all of these sources for this paper. Books should provide some excellent background on your topic. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.

Please contact Lone Star College-Kingwood Librarians or Professor Campbell with any questions you may have during your research.


Each student will prepare a research paper concerning a respiratory disease that will be assigned in the first week. This paper must incorporate the pathophysiology, prevention, pharmacological treatment, and therapeutic interventions of this disease process.

Requirements for the paper:

  • The research paper MUST be a minimum of five typed pages in length.
  • Use 12 point font with double spacing and standard margins. 
  • No handwritten papers will be accepted. They will be returned for word processing.
  • This paper must be cited using APA format and contain a reference page with a minimum of five references (APA format style guide) as follows:
    • two (2) books
    • two (2) medical journals
    • one (1) on-line source such as The American Lung Association or other official support group; pages associated with a hospital/clinic or peer-reviewed web pages.
    • It is acceptable to use your textbooks in addition to the above types of references.

See your syllabus for the grading criteria of the Research Paper.

Contact your professor, Fiona B. Campbell, for questions about your assignment.


Apply online for a library card.   Use  the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to:
1) Place a Hold on a book 
2) Access databases from home. 

  • The catalog is online. This includes all Lone Star College System college libraries as well as Montgomery County public libraries.  The library catalog also contains links to eBooks through the eBook Collection.  
  • eBook Collection - is a library of online books available on or off campus.  It is a library on your computer.

Suggested Reference Books

RC 735 .I5 K32 The essentials of respiratory care - By Robert M. Kacmarek, Steven Dimas, and Craid W. Mack. Includes respiratory therapy, respiration and respiratory organs, diseases and treatment.
RC756 .O227 2010 Occupational and environmental lung diseases - Ed. Susan M. Tarlo, Paul Cullinan, Benoit Nemery. Pragmatic information for practioner in diagnosing respiratory symptoms from home, personal, work, other indoor or general outdoor environments.
RC 941 .C5675 Chest medicine: Essentials of pumonary and critical care medicine - Ed. Ronald B. George et. al. Includes information on the respiratory system. Of special interest for this assignment are sections on respiratory tract infections, occupational and environmental lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary thromboembolism and other pulmonary vascular diseases, and more.
Stat!Ref - a collection of medical reference books, available 24/7. Use the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login from off-campus.
Anatomy & Physiology Online - review and test yourself with 3-D interactive anatomical models of the human body. Explore each of the19 modules or search for specific terms and structures.

Circulating Books

QP 121 .B355 2007 Respiratory care anatomy and physiology: Foundations for clinical practice - by Will Beachey. This is a second edition of a basic text covering the anatomy of the respiratory system and the mechanics of ventilation, including pulmonary function measuremeents, oxygen transport, acid-base regulation, arterial blood gases and cardia electrophysiology. 
RC 735 .I5 L68 2011 Handbook of respiratory care - By Robert Chatburn and Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila. Third edition of this comprehensive resource that includes patient care and recent research.
RC 735 .R48 P54 Management of the mechanically ventilated patient - By Lynelle N. B. Pierce - Includes information on respiratory intensive care, respiratory therapy, respirators and artificial respiration.
Off pump coronary artery bypass surgery [electronic resource] Ed. by Raymond Cartier. This ebook is available through the eBook Collection. Search the title in eBook Collection or in the library catalog. LSCS library catalog titles with [electronic resource] added to the title include hyperlinks directly under the subject headings listing. From off-campus, you will need the 14-digit barcode number from your LSCS ID or library card.

Check our online catalog or search the eBook Collection to find titles like these. Focus on aging in general or search for specific diseases or concerns.

Journals in the Library

AARC Times - American Association for Respiratory Care. Located with other current medical journals in the Reference Section (call number R) This publication is not available in the library databases, however, if you are a member of AARC, you may login with your AARC member number for archived issues.
Respiratory Care  - Find current issues in the research journals area and check out any issue except the most recent. For online access, use the Publications or Publication Search link in specific databases to search or browse recent articles. CINAHL (2008 to date) and Health Reference Center Academic (2007 to date) include the full-text for this journal. Archived articles from January 2003 through December 2009 may be found on the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)'s journal web pages.

To locate specific journals available through our databases, search our A - Z: Lone Star Electronic Journal List.

JOURNALS: Finding current articles using databases

As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage.  Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of a specific respiratory diseases, or broader identifying terms such as respiratory care, respiratory disease, or lung disease.  Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet.   Keywords will include the name of the disease your have chosen, signs and symptoms, treatment, therapy, drugs or psychopharmacologic treatment, and interventions; also consider the age of the population you are focusing on.

Research databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use to find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more. If you want an article that is not full-text, please email the correct bibliographic information to our Reference Librarians and they will see that you get the article. The libraries need full bibliographic information - plus your name and address. Send your phone number and email as well, so you can be contacted.

From home, use your library card number to login to these online journal databases.

You may not need all of these databases for this assignment, however, they are all useful and commonly seen in educational and professional offices. Try them out so that you will become familiar with them.

Academic Search Complete - Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Limit to "Scholarly (Peer reviewed) Journals" if professional journal articles are required.
Alt HealthWatch - Broad coverage of alternative and complmentary healthcare from full-text research journals, pamplets, reports, proceedings and consumer health newsletters.
CINAHL - (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature with Full Text) - Clinical trials, legal cases and more with indexing from 1937 to date; focus on nursing, but also includes dental hygiene and respiratory & occupational therapy.
Health Reference Center Academic  - Full-text articles from journals, and more on health, medicine and psychology.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - Scholarly journal articles for nursing and allied health; also included are drug monographs for herbal and nutritional supplements, and over-the-counter and new prescription drugs.


 The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites.   Look at: 

  • Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof that it has been. 
  • Source - Who wrote the information? Look at the domain. - .edu .gov .org .net - are valid research sources. 
  • Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.) 
  • Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research? 
  • Objectivity - If a work shows bias, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know.  And offer both sides of issues, where applicable. 

Not sure if you have a reliable internet source? Use the LSCS Libraries Evaluating Information Checklist to see if your source adds up.

American Lung Association - This site is full of information from the ALA and is aimed at all users. The mission of the American Lung Association® is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.
Center for Disease Control - Use the search box to find relevant articles, statistics, current research and summaries for specific diseases from the Center for Disease Control's (CDC)  many agencies;  explore specific pages of interest, including the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS),  the Work Related Lung Disease World Surveillance System, and the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS).
Medline Plus: Lung Diseases - Consumer health and disease information from the National Library of Medicine includes full-text journal articles, news and links to reliable information from government agencies, hospitals and other health organizations.
National Cancer Institute - Lung Cancer Home Page - This government organization deals with all types of cancer. Information on the web page includes treatments, clinical trials, prevention, research, statistics, and screening and testing.


Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor; use your LSC Online in-class email to contact her.

Citing Sources Using APA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
Avoiding Plagiarism  |   Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.

The Learning Center   |   Check the TLC hours for in-house tutoring.

Faculty contact: Fiona B. Campbell
Page by Becky Bradley, Sept., 2007 Updated January 2013; jfr