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PHRM 813: Aspects of Patient Care

Guide for Alexandra Herman's Aspects of Patient Care class. Follow the order of the pages to complete the class the week of March 30th & feel free to utilize afterwards as well.

Starting Your Search: Background Information

When you first start your search you might not understand your topic or some of the elements as well as you would like. This is okay! We've all been there. We've already started searching in Google for more contextual information, but we might want to think at looking in other resources as well.

To find background information you can:

  • We already started by doing this: Search Google to find general overviews.
  • Use reference resources (like encyclopedias, consumer health pages, drug information portals) that were created with the intent of explaining specific terminology/conditions/drugs.
  • Utilize textbooks/books. These are generally written to inform on a more broad scale than an article and can be beneficial as many books go through a peer review process (look for scholarly or academic presses).
    • Search HSLIC's catalog (WorldCat Discovery) or the Databases A-Z page by type to find books.

Check mark icon.Quick Tip: You can use the skills from Elements of a Search in the catalog and in search engines like Google.

Background/Reference Resources to Consider

Search WorldCat Discovery

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Searching the Catalog

Searching the catalog allows me to find not just books, but also articles, DVD's, and more. When I search the catalog I am also searching across institutions worldwide.

  • If I run a search for "st john's wort" AND anxiety in the catalog I can:
    • Use filters to limit my needs - for instance I could select just the last 5 or 10 years and E-Books only.
    • Take advantage of subject headings to find resources about a specific topic.
      • Take a look at the title "Integrative Medicine" by Rakel and click on "View Description" to see subject headings.

Screenshot of view description from the book record

Screenshot of subject headings in the catalog

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