Subject Guide with Search Tips for Diseases
Books and Media | Articles | Internet

Getting Started

These sources provide a good beginning.  Some contain general discussion or an overview.  This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.

American Medical Association complete medical encyclopedia / medical editors, Jerrold B. Leikin, Martin S. Lipsky
RC81 .A2 A497 2003 REFERENCE, San Marcos

REFERENCE Escondido Center

Magill's medical guide by Anne Chang.
RC41 .M34 2005 REFERENCE, San Marcos
REFERENCE, Escondido Center

The Merck manual of medical information, Mark H. Beers, editor-in-chief    
RC81 .M535 2003 REFERENCE, San Marcos

Mosby's medical, nursing, & allied health dictionary  by Douglas M. Anderson. [et al.]
R121 .M89 2002 REFERENCE, San Marcos
REFERENCE, Escondido Center

Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic.  You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together. 

Suggested Subject Headings
Medicine, Popular

AIDS : opposing viewpoints / Tamara L. Roleff, book editor
RA643.8 .A42 2003 San Marcos Campus Library STACKS

Escondido Center CIRCULATING


Alzheimer's disease : unraveling the mystery / National Institute on Aging/ National Institutes of Health
RC523.A49 2002 San Marcos Campus Library STACKS

Easy for you to say : q & a's for teens living with chronic illness or disability / Miriam Kaufman
RJ380 .K385 2005 San Marcos Campus Library STACKS 

The forgetting [videorecording] : a portrait of Alzheimer's : stories of love, courage and hope
RC523 .F67 2004  
San Marcos Campus Library MEDIA CIRCULATING 

The new 8-week cholesterol cure : the ultimate program for preventing heart disease
/ Robert E. Kowalski
RC685 .C6 K69 2002 San Marcos Campus Library STACKS

The new Harvard guide to women's health
by Karen J. Carlson, et.al.
RA778 .C2164 2004 San Marcos Campus Library STACKS

Escondido Center CIRCULATING

Plague time : how germs cause cancer, heart disease, and other deadly ailments
/ Paul W. Ewald

RB156 .E93 2002 San Marcos Campus Library STACKS


Professional guide to diseases
RT65 .P69 2001 Escondido Center CIRCULATING



Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes.  Printed indexes are especially helpful for older material.  Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere. NOTE: Passwords required to use off-campus http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/offcampus.htm

·         EBSCOhost http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web

EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles.  For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   In addition to those listed below, find more sites on the Palomar Library Subject Links site at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects.htm Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

  • Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com
    Information on health topics.  Includes articles on diseases and conditions.
  • Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
    Wealth of information on health and diseases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the federal government.

Organizations can provide valuable information on specific diseases.
Some examples are:

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm

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