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Using books and reference
Books and reference material are useful for getting an overview of a given topic. For reference materials this overview is usually a short, fact oriented description of the topic, occasionally with references. They are considered one of the most authoritative sources. Books, similarly, usually approach a topic from multiple perspectives. These are some of the longest forms of research, and you may find that you only need a specific chapter or section of a book, rather than the whole thing.
Keep in mind, a book can go the complete other direction in terms of specificity. Rather than an bird's eye view of a topic, it could delve very deep on just one aspect of a topic, exploring it fully and providing a deep understanding. Again, it may be valuable to focus on sections of books rather than complete works while doing research.
Online reference materials
Britannica Academic Online
An online version of Encycopaedia Britannica, including 1000s of entries on health topics
Broad subject general reference database searching hundreds of encyclopedias and other reference works. Provides subject/topic maps.
Health and Wellness: Gale
Access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, etc. Provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.
Health and Medicine: Gale OneFile
Intended for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals. Reliable resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. Contains full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries.
The TCTC catalog
To search the TCTC book catalog, head to library.tctc.edu/primo, type your search term in the search box, and select "TCTC library catalog only" from the drop down that appears.
Thousands of ebooks from a wide range of subject areas. Go to your Bookshelf account to save links to books, highlights, bookmarks, notes, and more.
eBooks from EBSCO
Thousands of high-quality ebook titles from major academic publishers and university presses from around the world. Collection encompasses broad range of subjects.
A broad ranging general reference collection of ebooks. Search thousands of authoritative reference sources across all fields and disciplines.
eBooks from Infobase
This collection features thousands of reference works from imprints such as Facts On File, Ferguson's, and Bloom's on a wide range of subjects areas, from history, science, literature, etc.
Ebooks from Ovid
This collection includes ebooks in health and medicine. The books cover clinical medicine, emergency medicine, primary care, nursing education, nutrition, mental health nursing, management, administration, etc.
eBook Collection from Salem Press
Includes easy-to-understand information about literature, history, science, and health.