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Medical Assisting Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Sites for Medical Assistants

  • Medical Assistants: Guide to medical assistant careers, schools, & training
  • American Association of Medical Assistants  a membership organization that promotes the identity and stature of the medical assisting professional. The AAMA offers qualifying medical assistants the CMA credential.
  • American Registry of Medical Assistants National Registry for Qualified Medical Assistants serving all 50 states. ARMA offers qualifying medical assistants the RMA credential, an alternative to the CMA.
  • 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.

Print Resources for the Administrative Procedures Course Assignment

Find an article about medical management/administration in any health care periodical, read it, and write an abstract of it. The HPB Library has 3 such printed periodicals in the journals nook:

  • CMA Today
  • The Doctor's Office
  • Medical Manager

Electronic Resources for the Administrative Procedures Course Assignment

In addition to these print periodicals, the library has periodicals databases that can be searched for appropriate articles.

CINAHLFind scholarly articles from multiple health related publishers. (Video 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/AcademicLocate additional resources.
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 AcademicLimit 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.


Contains thousands of articles, from multiple publishers, on almost all subjects. (Video Tutorial)


They can be searched separately or all together. Remember to limit your results to full-text and to the required date range (e.g., 2006-2012).

"medical assistants" and (administration or management)   is a search statement you can use to begin your research.

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.

Diseases and Disorders

  • The LSC-NH Library research guide for Diseases, Disorders, Conditions & Syndromes provides a complete guideline to scholarly resources
  • MedlinePlus - a database maintained by the NIH's National Library of Medicine, it offers much of its content in other languages as well as in English
  • NIH (National Institutes of Health - Connect here to get to the many institutes (e.g., NCI, NIMH, NIDDK) that fall under the jurisdiction of the NIH. Specialty sites for various diseases and disorders offer a rich repository of information. Use the NIH search engine to find specific information.
  • NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) - contains hard-to-find information about diseases that afflict relatively small numbers of people.

Patient Education Resources - Clinical Procedures Assignment

  • MedlinePlus - a database maintained by the NIH's National Library of Medicine, offers much of its content in Spanish and a dozen other languages as well as English. Do a search for what you seek, e.g., heart disease French. The Directories (bottom center on main page) provide a means of finding specialists and services, including medical libraries, across the USA.
  • CareNotes from the Micromedex database provides patient infomation about drugs in 15 different languages. When you reach the front page of Micromedex, click on CareNotes System.
  • MayoClinic.com, updated daily and sponsored by the noted Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, provides health updates and preventative care information.
  • National Council against Health Fraud, a non-profit health agency that locates fraud, misinformation and quackery as public health problems, features position papers and links to information on erroneous and misleading health claims.
  • National Health Information Center - part of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; provides toll-free phone numbers for health information, patient support groups, and links to related websites.


Academic Video Online Multi-subject streaming video collection.


Nursing Education in Video Streaming video collection for nursing students.



eBook CollectionMulti-subject electronic book collection (Video tutorial)


Physical Books

Library Catalog

  1. Enter search terms.
  • emphysema
  • lungs diseases obstructive
  1. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  2. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  3. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number

To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

APA Style

Video Introduction to APA (7 min)



Formatting a Research Paper in Microsoft Word

HPB Library



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