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Research Guide - Respiratory Therapy

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

CINAHL full Text (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - resource contains indexing for 2,928 nursing journals from 1981 to the present. In addition, full text is available for nearly 600 journals.

Health Source Nursing Academic Edition (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Medline (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

Consumer Health Complete (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

R2 Digital Library (ebooks) (Link to Database On-campus) - A collection of Medical and Allied Health Reference Books that are aimed toward the disciplines of Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Nursing and Respiratory Therapy. Note: when on-campus create a username and password that can be used anywhere. Also accessible via the library's online catalog.

Cochrane Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - A unique source of reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care. Designed to provide information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care.

Academic Search Elite(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

Annual Reviews (Link to Database – On-campusOff-campus) - Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 30 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Health Sciences "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."

Free Medical Journals.com – Promoting free access to medical journals.

HighWire - Free Online Full-text Articles.


Style Guide

Visit the ARC - Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library of Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibligoraphy maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles too.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

R Medicine (General)

RC705-779 Diseases of the respiratory system


Web Sites of Interest

MedlinePlus: Respiratory Diseases - "Health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date."

RT Magazine – "Serves respiratory care professionals and pulmonary care physicians…research our vast library of past issues, and use the search engine to find a multitude of topics and information."

American Lung Association – "The American Lung Association® is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a National Office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association® today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health."

ARDS Support Center – "Primary purpose of the ARDS Support Center is to provide information, education, care and support for patients, survivors, family members and loved ones who have been confronted with the many problems resulting from the onset, treatment and consequences of the devastating condition known as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome."

American Thoracic Society - "Founded in 1905, is an independently incorporated, international, educational and scientific society which focuses on respiratory and critical care medicine"

ATS Journals Online - Links to full text (on WJU campus) for American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,  American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society.

American Association for Respiratory Care  - Clinical Practice Guidelines for Respiratory Care.

CHEST: The Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal "The official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). Each month it features cutting edge clinical investigations in the multidisciplinary specialties of chest medicine, such as pulmonology, cardiology, thoracic surgery, transplantation, sleep and breathing, airways disease, and more. CHEST also features basic science, special reports, case reports, board review questions, and more." Some full-text available.

Primary Care Respiratory Journal – "The official journal of the General Practice Airways Group (GPIAG, formerly known as the GPs in Asthma Group) and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)...publishes original research papers, reviews, discussion papers and letters relating to all aspects of repiratory conditions in primary care." Some full-text available.


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