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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.

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 Reference Sources (Online)

Top Reference Sources (Print)


  • Mosby's medical, nursing, and allied health dictionary (REF  R 121 .M89 2013)
  • Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary (REF R 121 .D73 2007)
  • Atlas of human anatomy by F. H. Netter (REF QM 25 .N46 2010)
  • Professional guide to diseases (REF RT 65 .P69 2012)
  • Control of communicable diseases (REF RA 643 .C72 2008)
  • Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (REF RC 455.2 .C4 D536)

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