Medical Resources

Waggoner Library Research Guide to Medical Resources. Click on the topic below to jump to related content.

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Locating book resources and the online catalog
  • Books are located through the library Web site
  • The online catalog allows you to search by author, title, subject, and keyword.
  • Medical books are shelved in the 'Q' category (Science) or 'R' (Medicine), on the second floor of the library.
  • Search Area Libraries link from the library web site allows you to search several other library catalogs with one search question.ILL Requests can be made online.
  • eBooks - over 85,000 full text eBooks are integrated into the library holdings. Many can be download to an eReader format and there is a small collection of audio books available.
  • My Account saves and tracks your library transactions and is where you renew your checked out materials.

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Searching the Online Catalog

Keyword VS Subject Searching
Keywords are searched by the database simply by matching the spelling of the word/phrase-NO meaning is attached.  Searching by subject (or author and title) will attach a meaning to the spelling creating a better result list.  If you cannot find any titles after searching by subject, enter your terms in as a keyword search.  This will broaden the search.

Advanced Search provides access to search by Call Number, by type of resource (DVD), options to limit your search (date) and Electronic Journal Titles as well as basic search options of Author, Title, Keyword and Subject.

Search Area Libraries   If you need book materials to supplement the TNU collection, click on the Search Area Libraries link on the Library web page.  This virtual online catalog provides access to several local area libraries including Trevecca, MTSU, Vanderbilt, Nashville Public Library, and TSU. Retrieved titles can be ordered online for no cost.  They will be couriered to Trevecca for pickup.  If you are residing in the Nashville area or taking classes on campus, you will be asked to come to campus for pickup.  If you are residing outside the Nashville area and are on clinical rotations materials will be mailed directly to you.  Please communicate location to the ILL librarian when request is made. There is no cost for this service.
OPAC Result List The subject search result list appears in the order a record was entered into the catalog.  Keyword search results are sorted by copyright date, reverse order. The holdings line provides call number as well as indicates whether a book has been checked out by using the phrase “No copies available.” Reference books also indicate “No copies available” since they cannot be checked out.  Photocopies can be made of needed pages.  Also included in the library holdings are e-books from netLibrary which are indicated by the phrase [electronic resource] in the title line.

Checking out/Renewing library books  These are checked out at the Main Desk with a maximum of fifteen books and are due back in four weeks. Your TNU I.D. card serves as your library card. Books cannot be checked out from the Web site but can  be renewed online.  From the library home page click on the “My Account” link on the menu. Follow instructions to view your account. The renew link will appear on the screen.  Books cannot be renewed if they are overdue.   Call 615.248.1214 for assistance or email

Reference Books

This abbreviated list of sources is used for quick information.  Photocopies can be made, as reference books are not available for check out. Some of these titles are available on the Internet. See Suggested Internet Sites below for links.

  • Miller-Keane Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Allied Health    Ref R 121 .M65
  • The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook    Ref R 697. P45P484
  • Medicine for the Practicing Physician    Ref RC 46. M477
  • The Merck Manual     Ref RC 55.M4
  • Current Diagnosis & Treatment    Ref RC 71.C97
  • Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses    Ref RM 301.12.D44  

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Locating professional journal articles
    Online account information is provided exclusively for Trevecca Nazarene University. Our licensure agreements permit use of databases only by Trevecca faculty and students.  Please help us maintain the integrity of our licensure agreements by not sharing access with family, coworkers, and friends.








If you know the journal title:  From the library homepage enter the journal title in the search box near the top.  Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.  If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text or indicates bound, back issues or microfilm availability.  If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint

If you are searching by subject: 

Electronic Resources Link: Click on the ‘Electronic Resources’ link, then choose either

* Looking for databases by subject displays a subject list of databases

      * Looking for databases by title browses an A-Z title list of databases

      * Looking for an e-journal by title limits you to browsing only e-journals accessible online

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 Medical Related Database Descriptions

Databases are accessed from the library homepage, 'Electronic Resources' link.

Note: off campus Trevecca users will be required to enter their name and 11 digit library barcode number before the database will open.

PRIMARY DATABASES – these databases would be first stop destinations when beginning research.

UpToDate is evidence-based and uses a literature-driven updating system; more than 440 journals are monitored by editors and authors, and anytime something of importance is published, it is incorporated into the program. The key word here is "incorporated." UpToDate is not a journal watch. New studies are not simply added; rather they are placed in the context of what has already been published in that field. It is comprehensive and current, keeping you informed of the latest clinical findings.

PubMed Central is the full text component of the online PubMed. This is a free resource.

Medline ® this premier database provides citations and abstracts in the medical field. Searchable using MeSH through 'Search Options'. Journal full text content is indicated as well as links to ILL.  Also accessible via Web through PubMed at

MD Consult – requires individual student login provided by TNU PA department. Provides depth of information from books, journals, clinics as well as patient information. Link is accessible from the Electronic Resources webpage, login is required and provided by the PA department, not the library.

SECONDARY DATABASES – these databases provide substantive information in a broader context. 

Pharmaceutical News Index - pharmacological news, research, regulatory information,

Health and Medical Complete: information on physical or mental health from hospital administrators to medical professionals to consumers. The database provides coverage from leading health journals and essential medical journals in key medical specialties.

Health Module provides information on physical and mental health. Includes coverage of medical conditions, substance abuse, insurance, health policy and more.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection from EBSCO is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.
Gale Cengage databases full text medical databases include:

Health Reference Center Academic: Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals plus a wide variety of personal health information sources.

Health and Wellness Resource Center: Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals & over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection - from direct patient care to health care administration includes nearly 400 titles.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine: over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.

Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)- comprehensive bibliographic database providing information about behavioral measurement instruments. Information in the database is abstracted into hundreds of leading journals covering health sciences and psychosocial sciences.
Lexis-Nexis - a legal and news database,  for legislation, legal guidelines, and news in the field.
PsycARTICLES®    Use this database to access nearly 50 top APA full-text psychology publications.
PsycINFO ® Use this database for the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - this service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals and is freely available on the Internet.


FINDING THE FULL TEXT ARTICLES for abstract only citations
The ‘WebBridge’ link found on your database hit list will search the title in the library holdings. It provides links to other databases, identifies print or microfilm information and/or provides a link to request an inter-library loan for no cost if needed. This is available 24/7. Articles are generally sent as PDF by email within a week.
   Search in the library catalog by journal title to locate full text options. If the journal is unavailable an ILL form can be completed and submitted online.

Obtaining materials using Waggoner Library's  Inter-Library Loan Services

         All transactions for ILL are handled through the Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian and can be done by email or online. Complete an online form on the library Web site following the ILL link on the menu.  Allow 7-10 days for the requested book to arrive and 7 days for article reprints.  Items are sent to the Library for pickup.  If you are residing in the Nashville area or taking classes on campus, you will be asked to come to campus for pickup.  If you are residing outside the Nashville area and are on clinical rotations materials will be mailed directly to you.  There is no cost for this service.

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Suggested Medical Related Internet Web Sites

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