RSPT 1101: Introduction to Respiratory Care - LSC-Kingwood

Meet a Respiratory Therapist: Dennis Brown, from LifeSkills, Office of Science Education, National Institutes of HealthThe 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 your instructor, Melissa Dearing, with any questions you may have during your research.


You will be required to write a 1000 word essay (about 2-3 pages, if formatted correctly) for this course.  This essay will be double spaced with one inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman font.  You are required to use 3 journal articles from the Kingwood College Library website.  Please print the first page of your articles to attach to your Essay.  You will document your sources and paper in APA format.  The topic will be announced on January 28, 2010.  As part of your instruction, I will walk you through how to research articles on the website and give you the APA format information that is published through our library (it is also located on the library website).  Although content is the most important part of your essay, it is only worth 50%. The remaining 50% is for spelling, grammar, and citation.

Your essay will cover a specific disease. It should thoroughly discuss the disease description, disease process (how it affects the respiratory and cardiovascular system), and treatment for the disease.

Important Dates:

January 28, 2010   Topic Given and Instruction on using the website.

March 28, 2010    Essays are due.

I will need you to back up your Essay to a thumb drive.  I will not except excuses for lost work.  I will not accept any late work on this project (Please see schedule above).  If your work is not turned in accordance with the above schedule, you will receive a zero!

Your complete essay will be turned in on the Angel website. There will be a Turnitin link to submit your work.


 Librarian Talk about Books! 
  • 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 EBSCO eBook Collection.  
  • eBook Collection - is a library of online books available on or off campus.  It is a library on your computer.
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Suggested Reference Sources

Stat!Ref - a collection of medical reference books, available 24/7. Search by keyword or browse by title. Select the "Resources" tab to find defintions from  Stedman's Medical Dictionary, access clinical practice guidelines from the National Guideline Clearinghouse, utilize mathematical formulas in MedCalc 3000, or link to the public version of the Medline database, known as PubMed. Use the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login from off-campus.

Anatomy & Physiology Online - Study and review anatomy in a variety of modules. Includes 360 degree views, videos, self-tests and more.

Circulating Books

RC 735 .I5 L68 2011 Handbook of Respiratory Care - By Robert L. Chatburn and Edward Mireles-Cabodevila. Includes a wide variety of data related to respiratory disorders and current research in pulmonary physiology.

RC 735 .R48 P54 2007 Management of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient - By Lynelle N. B. Pierce - Includes information on respiratory intensive care, respiratory therapy, respirators and artificial respiration.

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

Journals in the Library
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: an offical journal of the American Thoracic Society, Medical section of the America Lung Association. Located with other current medical journals in the Reference Section (call number R) or read online. This publication is not available in the library databases.
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  - 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 other specific journals available through our databases, search our A - Z: Lone Star Electronic Journal List.

JOURNALS: Finding current articles using databases

Librarian talk about Finding Journal Articles!

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.

Electronic 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.

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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.


 Librarian Talk about the Internet!

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. 

Use our checklist to help you determine if you have a reliable source.

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Also search for keyterms in combination with 'organizations', 'links', etc.

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: National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) - Monitor trends and learn more about conditions. You can also use the search box to find relevant articles and links from this government agency.

NIOSH Occupational Respiratory Disease - Research and statistics on occupationally related lung disease and related workplace exposures.

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.

PubMed - comprehensive, international database for locating medical articles; some selected articles link to the full-text.  Search our A-Z list to find out if the library has a specific journal in one of our subscription databases.

Trip Database - clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

Respiratory Therapy as a Career     LifeWorks: Respiratory Therapist - The Office of Science Education of the National Institutes of Health provides career information and interviews with professionals in medical and health fields.  

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012 -13 Edition: Respiratory Therapists - Learn about the job outlook and potential earnings of a respiratory therapists or hundreds of other jobs in this source provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Use "respiratory" and "vocational" as keywords to search for books in the library catalog or the eBook Collection.  


Librarian Talk about getting help!

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.

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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.

E-mail your instructor:  Melissa Dearing
Page by Becky Bradley, Sept., 2007;  Revised Jan 2010 / jfr; Updated January 2013/jfr.

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