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Practical Nursing: Background Sources

This guide will help students with Practical Nursing research in the OC Library collection and on the Internet.

About background sources

Also known as reference sources, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, and other online or print "books".

Excellent sources of factual information, concepts, theories, definitions, and references to other, more in-depth, sources of information.

Drug Reference Sources

Off-Campus Access

Off-Campus Access

Many of OC Library's online resources are licensed for use by students and employees. You may be prompted to log in with myOkanagan username and password if you are off-campus.

Reference Sources to Get Started

Health dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks may be a useful starting point for finding information. Many of these resources provide basic information, overviews of disease, or introduce specialized terminology.

Top Print Reference Sources:

  • Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions (REF R 121 .M89 2013)
  • Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. 32nd edition (REF R 121 .D73 2012)
  • Atlas of human anatomy by F. H. Netter (REF QM 25 .N46 2010)
  • Professional guide to diseases (REF RT 65 .P69 2012)
  • Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5 (REF RC 455.2 .C4 D536)

Top Electronic Reference Sources: 

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