Answered By: Chris Williams
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015     Views: 24

Start by going to the library's homepage and clicking on the "Databases" tab, then choose "Databases by Subject."  A database will give you entries from journals, magazine, newspapers, and other scholarly sources (ex: books).  Choose the following subject: "Health Sciences."  You will then be presented with several choices of databases to conduct your search. 

A good starting search would be one where you use the keywords.  The way you search using multiple keywords in a library resource is by placing the word AND in capital letters between your keywords.  For example, you could search for pre-operative AND teaching.  If this search does not give you the results you desire, try changing out one or both of your search terms for other related ones.  You can even do an exact phrase search by putting your search in quotation marks.  For example, a search for "pre-operative teaching" will look for those words in that exact order.  Other ways to limit your search are to specify a date range, choose only full text results, and to choose only peer-reviewed articles (these are usually found in the "Refine your results" section in most of the databases).

You may also be interested in searching for books on your topic.  Go to the library website,, and conduct a search in the catalog for surgery or some other term(s) you can think of to see if anything is returned.  Maybe you could even try some of the same searches you conducted in the databases.  FYI - many of the books on surgery are found in the call number range RD1 - 881.

If you need additional help do not hesitate to call, email, text, tweet, or chat live with a reference librarian.

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