Pathfinder: Nursing and Medical Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of a stethoscopeUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. By default, the catalog opens to a simple keyword search.  If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page.  Try different keywords if your first search does not bring up any relevant results.  There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book.  Look in the section of the shelves marked “R” to find books specifically about nursing and medicine.  If you are looking for a very specific subject, such as “diabetes in the elderly”, look in the indexes located in the back of the books in the nursing section.

Selected Reference Books

  • 2010 Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment (REF RC 71 .A4 2010)
    This text offers the most current insights into symptoms, signs, epidemiology, and treatment for more than 1,000 diseases and disorders.
  • Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses  (REF RM 301 .D44 2007)
    A well organized collection of monographs emphasizing the information nurses need to know to administer medications competently and safely across the lifespan.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine  (REF RC 41 .G35 2006)
    This 5 volume series is designed to inform and educate readers about a variety of disorders, conditions, treatments, and diagnostic tests.
  • Magill’s Medical Guide : Health and Illness  (REF RC 41 .M34 2005)
    The first three volumes cover major disorders. Entries usually include causes, symptoms, treatment, and prospects.  Volumes four through six cover anatomy, medical practice, and medical procedures.  There is a  comprehensive index in the final volume.
  • The Merck Manual  (REF RC 44 .M4)
    Contains to-the-point, if fairly brief, descriptions of health topics.
  • Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (REF R 121 .M89 2009)
    The all-in-one reference students trust from beginning to end.


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

Access the WPCC Library’s Online Resources

Databases available for use include CINAHL + with full-text, Medline with full-text, Proquest Nursing & Allied Health Database, and Ovid Nursing Database.

WPCC Print Periodical Subscriptions

The periodicals that relate to the study of nursing are kept separate from the other journals (at the end of the magazine collection). These are the titles available in a print format:


Recommended Websites

  • National Institutes of Health
    Covers health related topics from A to Z.
  • National Library of Medicine
    The world’s largest free online medical library.
  • The Mayo Clinic
    This website offers information on patient care, health, research and education for health care professionals and public consumers.
  • Everyday Health
    A site geared toward consumers that offers a multitude of tools to help improve the users health from a symptom checker to a nutritious meal planner.
  • Nursing World
    The official website of the American Nurses Association.
  • Nurse Zone
    Get access to features, journals, and loads of resources through NurseZone.
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
    The ASCLS mission is to make a positive impact in health care through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.


updated 10/2017

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