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Health Care Assistant

This guide will help students with Health Care Assistant research in the OC Library collection and on the Internet. Use the Tab on the left - "Courses and Assignments" - for specific campus and/or course information.

Library Website

Library Home Page and the big database (search engine)- OCTOPUS!

Enter your main terms/keywords and use the Search OCtopus button to start your SEARCH. 


  • Add other keywords in the spaces below to narrow your topic.
  • Limit on the left, by publication date/range, Resource Type (eg. Ebooks, academic journals, magazines), database etc.
  • Limit on the left, by Catalogue Only (Books & Media) to find physical books and DVDs held in campus libraries. 
  • Look for icons next to search results: Quick Lesson, Evidence Based Care Sheet 


LINKS to Reliable Information


Start with these instructor pre-selected sites.

For more sites appropriate for HCA assignments & professional work, click the Websites tab in the left menu.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy change from Professional Version to Consumer Version. Find Quick Facts, Patient Education and Videos

DATABASES available through the college:

  • CINAHL & Nursing Reference Center are very useful databases for health information.   Within each database, there are search links and results to Evidence Based Care Sheets and Quick Lessons.

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 your MyOkanagan username and password if you are off-campus.

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