Selected Resources for: Medical Technology

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Subject Librarian:

Katherine Chew

chewx002@umn.edu

This subject covers: the techniques, equipment, drugs, and procedures used to deliver medical care.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

CINAHL, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, has a multidisciplinary scope covering nursing, 17 allied health disciplines, biomedicine, consumer health, health sciences librarianship and selected standards of professional practice.

OVID, like PubMed, is an interface to search the MEDLINE database. It includes citations from the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.


Indexes, Other

Online collection of toxicology-related databases including HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank), IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System), TOXLINE, and several others. All databases can be searched at once.


General Reference Sources

Dictionaries

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms

Contains definitions, synonyms, acronyms and abbreviations for over 105,000 scientific terms. Also provides some illustrations, and photographs.


Directories

A directory of products used in medical laboratories. Includes products used in clinical testing and analysis and laboratory services and equipment. Also includes clinical and professional reference guides


Encyclopedias

Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848


Handbooks and Manuals

Reflects new knowledge in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of human conditions. The guide includes several diagnostic algorithms and each entry is comprised of a brief methodological description together with an in-depth, but concise, discussion of clinical significance and test utilization.

FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) presents the agency's preferred laboratory procedures for microbiological analyses of foods and cosmetics.

Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures

Pt. 1. Diseases, conditions,and symptoms -- Pt. 2. Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.

The Guidebook contains current protocols for analytical tests required by FSIS regulatory activities on meat, poultry and egg products. Specifically, microbiological methods are presented for sample preparation, isolation and identification of the major foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins, meat tissue species identification, and the detection of extraneous materials and antimicrobial residues. Media and reagent formulations, and Most Probable Number Tables are contained in an appendix.

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference is a comprehensive and current handbook that offers all health care providers easy access to clinically relevant laboratory and diagnostic tests. Each test, listed in alphabetical order for convenient use, begins on a new page and includes, when relevant, the following information: type of test, normal findings, possible critical values, test explanation and related physiology, contraindications, potential complications, interfering factors, procedure and patient care (before, during, and after), home care considerations, and abnormal findings.

This very informative periodic table, sponsored by the Croatian government, includes thermal properties, ionization energies and abundance, isotopes, information on its uses, and reduction potentials for each element with links to definitions of each property. The site also includes a scientific calculator and a molecular weight calculator.

An online periodical table of the elements, which provides extensive chemical, crystallographic, physical, electronic, nuclear, biological, and geological data.


Internet Resources

Web Sites

Online laboratory manual from Dartmouth College. Covers basic techniques and safety.

"Lab Tests Online has been designed to help you, as a patient or caregiver, to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. The site is the product of a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community."

Provided by the National Library of Medicine. Topics covered: overviews, diagnosis/symptoms, specific conditions, coping, related issues, dictionaries/directories and specific population groups.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry AACC is an international society comprised of medical professionals with an interest in clinical chemistry, clinical laboratory science, and laboratory medicine.

The College of American Pathologists, the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathol


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals

APA Style Guide to Electronic References

Published in 2007, this guide includes APA's latest rules for how to reference electronic sources.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.


Writing Guides

Contents Research, researchers, and readers -- Prologue: Becoming a researcher -- Thinking in print: Uses of research, public and private -- Connecting with your reader: (Re-)creating yourself and your audience -- Asking questions, finding answers -- Prologue: Planning your project - an overview -- From topics to questions -- From questions to a problem -- From problems to sources -- Engaging sources -- Making a claim and supporting it -- Prologue: Assembling a research argument -- Making good arguments: Overview -- Making claims -- Assembling reasons and evidence -- Acknowledgments and responses -- Warrants -- Planning, drafting, and revising -- Prologue: Planning again -- Planning -- Drafting your report -- Revising your organization and argument -- Communicating evidence visually -- Introductions and conclusions-- Revising style: Telling your story clearly -- Some last considerations.

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper.

Pt. I. Some preliminaries. What is scientific writing? -- Historical perspectives -- Approaching a writing project -- What is a scientific paper? -- Ethics in scientific publishing -- Where to submit your manuscript -- Pt. II. Preparing the text. How to prepare the title -- How to list the authors and addresses -- How to prepare the abstract - How to write the introduction -- How to write the materials and methods section --How to write the results -- How to write the discussion -- How to state the acknowledgments -- How to cite the references -- Pt. III. Preparing the tables and figures. How to design effective tables -- How to prepare effective graphs -- How to prepare effective photographys -- Pt. IV. Publishing the paper. Rights and permissions -- How to submit the manuscript -- The review process (how to deal with editors) -- The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) -- Pt. V. Doing other writing for publication. How to write a review paper -- How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor) -- How to write a book chapter or a book -- How to write for the public -- Pt. VI. conference communications. How to present a paper orally -- How to prepare a poster -- How to write a conference report -- Pt. VII. Scientific style. Use and misuse of English -- Avoiding jargon -- How and when to use abbreviations -- Writing clearly across cultures and media -- How to write science in English as a foreign language -- Pt. VIII. Other topics in scientific communication. How to write a thesis -- How to prepare a curriculum vitae -- How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports -- How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one -- How to work with the media -- How to provide peer review -- How to seek a scientific-communication career.


Library Information

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