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Want answers to medical questions? Brief articles on your topic? Books? Journal articles? Recommended websites? Start here. Go anywhere!
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Library and You

Choosing the BEST sources for your research...

The library has many sources of information for nurses -- selected just for you. The trick is choosing the right type of source for your current need. 

Sometimes you might need a scholarly journal article. At other times you may want an easy-to-read article explaining an ailment to give to a friend or patient.  Do you need an entire book on a subject or simply a definition or short article from a medical encyclopedia? We have scholarly journals, magazines, books and medical encyclopedias. AND we have them both in print and as web resources -- available to you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

After thinking about your question or need, learn more about what the library has for you by selecting the appropriate tab above. Questions? See a librarian!


Reference Resources

Use our reference resources (medical encyclopedia, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) to find:

  • Quick facts and answers to your questions,
  • Background information on a topic, and
  • Answers and information in well-organized sources with carefully-checked information. 

The Library provides reference resources in both print and electronic formats. For more information, select the "Reference Resources" tab.



Journals and magazines are "periodicals" published at specific intervals. Since they are published regularly they often have more up-to-date information than books. Periodical articles sometimes offer very specific information on your topic and may include points of view and opinions.  Scholarly and peer-reviewed journals include articles written by experts and checked by other experts. Learn about the important journals in your field of study!

The library provides magazines and journals both in print and through the internet. Check out the "Periodicals" tab to find the magazines and journals we have in the library and online that will be especially helpful in your research.



Books are designed to be read "cover to cover" and contain in-depth information. The library offers both print and electronic books.  If you've checked reference works and want more information, try a book.

For more information on printed and electronic books at AHC, select the "Book" tab above.


The Web

The world wide web (www) includes invaluable and up-to-date medical information including massive amounts of current research.  You need to know where and how to look so that you can find good information and avoid bad information.  When using the web, learn to detect sites that are inaccurate, dishonest and perhaps even dangerous if believed. 

Click on the tab called "The Web" to learn more about using the web to find nursing information.


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