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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, & Handbooks

American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia

Call Number: REF RC81.A2 A497 2003
ISBN: 0812991001

Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary

Call Number: R121 .D732 2007
ISBN: 9781416023647

Encyclopedia of Nursing Research

Call Number: ONLINE in Credo
ISBN: 9780826107503

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health

Call Number: ONLINE in GVRL
ISBN: 9781414498959

Jablonski's dictionary of medical acronyms & abbreviations

Call Number: R123 .J24 2009
ISBN: 1416058990

Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions

Call Number: ONLINE in Credo
ISBN: 9780323074032

Nursing Diagnosis Handbook

Call Number: REF RT48.6 .A35 2014
ISBN: 9780323085496

Nursing Drug Handbook

Call Number: RM301.12 .N87
ISBN: 0273320X

The Oxford Companion to the Body

Call Number: ONLINE in Oxford
ISBN: 9780198524038

The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

Call Number: ONLINE in Oxford
ISBN: 9780192629500

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-Indexed Version)

Call Number: Ref R121 .T18 2013
ISBN: 9780803629776

Search Tips

Encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries are a great place to begin your research, since they can help with the following:

  • Offer ideas for possible research topics
  • Give you background information on your topic
  • Define unfamiliar terms
  • Suggest keywords to use when searching for books and articles
  • Point you to books and articles on your topic, via "works cited" lists

Nursing Clinics

We have several journals online that provide overviews and updates on clinical questions, advancements in improving patient outcomes, and patient care guidelines. Each volume in the two journals below addresses a different nursing topic.

Search them for overviews of your topic and to identify relevant nursing interventions.