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Diseases, Disorders Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Starting Point

  • Start with MedlinePlus for a general orientation to many diseases and disorders, often written in language that is accessible to consumers.  It includes an online medical dictionary, an illustrated encyclopedia, and drug information.
  • Next, use medical reference books or medical textbooks to develop a greater understanding of your topic before you start your search for journal articles.
    (You may want to go directly to journal articles, but journal articles are written for people who have read the books and understand them.)
    • Merck Manual Professional Version 
    • STAT!Ref (Healthcare) is an online database for medical textbooks. It contains the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, Nursing Diagnosis Reference Manual and many other important books. 


Research Databases

Find articles from journals. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.
  • CINAHL - for journal articles Play Button IconVideo Tutorial
    Limit your retrieval to full-text journals. String together your concepts with the connector "and" like this: crohn disease and prognosis.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - for articles
    Limit your retrieval to full-text and scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
    String together your concepts with "and" like: breast cancer and treatment.
  • Health Reference Center-Academic - for articles
    Limit your retrieval to articles with text and to refereed publications.
    Use the Narrow by Subdivision feature to see an organized retrieval. Consider a subdivision like Physiological Effects, or Case Studies.

 Additional Databases - find articles from periodicals, e-books, and streaming videos.

  • Academic Search Complete - for articles Play Button IconVideo Tutorial
  • eBook Collection - for eBooks Play Button IconVideo Tutorial
  • Films on Demand - for streaming videos
  • PubMed Central - for articles from the National Library of Medicine (not LSCS subscription). 
    Be careful about publication dates! Results will not display in newest-to-oldest order.
    Use the LIMITS link to restrict your results to the most recent 2 or 3 or 5 years (whatever period is desired).
  • OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man - for in-depth information about genetic syndromes (not LSCS subscription)
    Search by syndrome name. Intended for use by physicians, researchers, and advanced students; prepare yourself before using it by reviewing all other available information.

Library Catalog

Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.


Use the Library Catalog  

  • Enter search terms:
    • emphysema
    • lungs diseases obstructive
  • Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  • Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  • To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

Web Sites

MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, will provide data from many authoritative websites, including the various National Institutes of Health (NIH) sites, the American Cancer Society, and others. The Encyclopedia at MedlinePlus contains images that can help you illustrate your project, if you wish.

Check the NIH site particular to your topic, for example:
diabetes = NIDDK
cancer = NCI
infectious diseases = CDC

Citation Help

  1. Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
  2. Ask your professor about the required citation style.
  3. Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.

Each citation should answer the questions:

  • Who wrote the material you are using?
  • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
  • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
  • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?




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