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FTS 100: Understanding Health and Healing

Fall 2011
Here are a few suggestions for your research. Feel free to stop by the reference desk for more ideas.

Personnel:
Librarian: Michelle Twait mtwait@gac.edu
Professor: Beatriz Torres btorres@gustavus.edu


Table of Contents:

Find Books

Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress system.

  • MnPALS Plus
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    Our library catalog.
  • WorldCat
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/autho=100096676/fsip?dbname=WorldCat&done=http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/index.html

    Search catalogs of other libraries; use the yellow "find it" buttons to request books through interlibrary loan.
Find Articles
  • Academic Search Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • Alt HealthWatch
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=awh

    This database focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international journals and reports. Also includes hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing)
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rzh

    Provides indexing for over 3,800 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health dating back to 1937; includes full text for more than 750 of those journals. Also includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ufh

    Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) originated with the merging of two databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies - CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index. CMMC indexes around 600 journals and contains full text for over 240 titles.
  • Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=hch

    This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • PsycINFO
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=psyh

    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
  • SAGE Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://online.sagepub.com

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://webofknowledge.com/?DestApp=WOS&editions=SSCI

    A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
Reference Books
  • Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States
    Covers Latinos in the United states in over 650 essays that tackle topics from baseball to Zorro, significant places, groups of people, event, and more. The fourth volume includes significant primary source documents.
    • Location(s): Ref E 184 .S75 E587 2005
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures
    Covers over 1500 culture groups, alphabetically arranged within regions. The information summarizes information on the distribution, belief systems, kinship structures, and history of the groups and provides selective bibliographies for further research. Consult the index to determine the appropriate name for a particular culture group.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 550 .E53 1991
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
    Offers over 150 substantial essays on ethnic groups in the U. S., covering origins, circumstances of arrival, family, community, culture, economy, politics, and significant contributions. Each essay ends with a bibliography and contacts for further research.
    • Location(s): Ref E 184 .A1 G14 2000
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
    Offers surveys of tribes, including history, migration, subsistence, modern history, and current issues. Use the index to locate nations that may have more than one name in use (e.g. Anishinabe / Ojibwe / Chippewa).
    • Location(s): Ref E77 .G15 1998
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
    Provides lengthy, scholarly articles on all aspects of the topic, including intellectual, social, cultural, and political issues.
    • Location(s): Ref E 184 .S75 O97 2005
  • Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment
    This guide discusses the clinical implications of ethnic populations from over 170 countries, including topics such as languages spoken, health care beliefs and practices; and eye contact.
    • Location(s): Ref RT86.54 .G45 2008
  • Resources for Nursing
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/libdata_pos/page.phtml?page_id=70

    Some of the general health and medicine reference sources on the library's Resources for Nursing page may be useful.
Websites
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    http://www.cdc.gov/

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. For statistics, click More Data & Statistics, then click FastStats A to Z.
  • Culture, Language and Health Literacy
    http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/index.html

    Organized by category: General, Race/Ethnicity, Gener, Age, Special Populations, and Research and Education.
  • Diversity RX
    http://www.diversityrx.org/

    A nonprofit organization focused on improving the accessibility and quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and indigenous populations.
  • Minority Health Surveillance - REACH U.S. 2009
    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsREACHUS/

    Results of a study (conducted by the Centers for Disease Control) evaluating health conditions for the following groups: Black, Hispanic, Asian (including Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander), and American Indian.
  • Minority Women's Health
    http://www.womenshealth.gov/minority-health/

    Provides information on the main health problems facing specific minority groups. (A project of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    http://www.nih.gov/

    Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
  • Office of Minority Health
    http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/

    Website of a government agency that promotes health for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Includes statistics and coverage of health topics.
  • United States Census Bureau
    http://www.census.gov/

    The source for statistical data collected by the United States government on the U.S. population. Browse or search by topic or click "QuickFacts" for state and county profiles.
Additional Resources
  • Citing Your Sources
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Evaluating Web Sites (and other resources)
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/research/evaluating.html

    Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them based on authority, scope, currency, accuracy, and commercialism.
  • Reference Desk
    http://gustavus.edu/library/reference_question.html

    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian (folke@gustavus.edu) or IM/Chat with a librarian.

  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/guides/spmaterials/

    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Contacting Michelle
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at mtwait@gustavus.edu or call me at x7563.

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