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Human Services 199 Orientation
Melissa Rifino-Juarez, Instructor &
Tatiana Shabelnik, Librarian
May 1, 2007

  • Intro & welcome

  • Overview of the library:
    The library is located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.  Circulation/Reserve:   3rd floor    Reference:   2nd floor    Computers:   2nd and 3rd floors      Circulating books:    3rd and 4th floors.
    - Library card & borrowing questions
    You get a library card at the Circulation Desk, 3rd floor. Borrowing period is 3 weeks for books, music cd's and pamphlets.
    Videos -- in-house use only; periodicals -- in-house use only; books on Reserve -- varies, check with the Circulation Desk
    - Library FAQs


  • Library Web site -  the best place to start your research!

  • Develop your search terms for your topic:

Example general idea for a topic: Drug treatment facilities
Refined topic to: What drug treatment models/facilities currently exist;
Theoretical foundation of drug counseling/drug education

Search Terms Developed:

  • Drug treatment facilities

  • Drug treatment methods

  • Rehabilitation services

  • Drug rehabilitation treatment methods 

  • Drug counseling

  • Drug education programs

  • Drug testing methods

  • How to find articles in online databases    [off-campus access] *

    Scholarly article

    "Articles in scholarly publications are usually published by academic publishers or by scholarly or professional societies and organizations. The intended audience consists of specialists in professions and academic disciplines, teachers, and researchers. These journals are often subscribed to by individual scholars or by college and university libraries.

    Articles in scholarly publications receive what is called in the academic world "peer review." Prior to acceptance for publication, all manuscripts of proposed articles are reviewed by scholars in the field to judge scholarly merit, research value, and accuracy. Scholarly articles normally indicate the credentials of the author, explain the methodology used in the research, and list footnotes or references to document the source material used in writing the article." (OhioLink)


    Proquest provides access to newspapers, journals, and magazines. 
    Begin by entering in your search terms in the fields.   

    Search examples:  
    Drugs AND counseling
    drug AND rehabilitation AND treatment AND models 
    drug education programs
    substance abuse treatment

Health Reference Center – Academic
Provides access to nursing and allied health journal articles, and a wide variety of personal health information.  The personal health information includes consumer health magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, newspaper articles, topical overviews, and reference books.


Health & Wellness Resource Center
is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools,
and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, health, and wellness information and includes
the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.  Health & Wellness Resource Center provides up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources. Additionally, consumers, students, and professionals are provided with descriptions of and links to several pertinent Web sites, selected for their usefulness and appropriateness.

  • Use the Thesaurus

  • Develop alternate terms/keywords

  • Use Boolean connectors

Google Scholar
"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research." (Google)

Health/Medicine/Nursing Journals at RHC Library

Journal of allied health
Journal of strength and conditioning research
New England journal of medicine
Physician and sports medicine
Strength and conditioning journal
American journal of nursing
Journal of Transcultural Nursing
Nursing times
Pediatric nursing

How to find "authoritative" web sites

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