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Surgical Technology Research Guide

Article Databases & Journals | Books, Audiovisuals & Materials | Internet Resources | Citing Sources

Article Databases & Journals

Look for journal articles on your topic in C.O.D.'s article databases (online indexes that also contain some full text articles). You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

C.O.D.'s Health Databases and don't forget to check for medical articles in COD's General Databases too!

Access the Micromedex Health Care Series database for extensive drug and pharmacology information.

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Books, Audiovisuals & Materials

Use the catalogs below to locate print and audio-visual materials.

Tips to locating Surgical Technology resources in the C.O.D. Library Catalog

Whether you are using the Library's catalog or searching within an article database or on the Internet for Surgical Technology resources, try these useful terms:

General Keywords:
anesthetic administration microbiology pharmacology
antibiotic resistant microorganisms neurological surgery plastic surgery
asepsis nonspecific defense mechanisms postoperative
antisepsis OB/GYN surgery preoperative
cardiothoracic surgery operating room design reconstructive surgery
disinfection operating room equipment standard precautions
general surgery ophthalmic surgery sterilization
genitourinary surgery oral maxillofacial surgery surgical pathology
infection control orthopedic surgery surgical procedures
medical devices otorhinolaryngology surgery surgical site infection
medical instrumentation pathogenic organisms surgical technology
medical terminology perioperative wound classifications
medicine peripheral vascular surgery  


Or search for phrases that might include:

diagnostic tools AND (surgery OR surgical procedure)
operating room AND current events
operating room AND hazards
operating room AND safety
pathology AND [type a specific surgical procedure]
protective mechanisms AND pathogenic organisms
surgical technologist AND code of ethics
surgical technology AND roles
surgical technology AND responsibilities

In the C.O.D. Library catalog, try searching these subjects:

asepsis, draping (surgery), drugs, medical instruments and apparatus, operating room nursing, operating room technicians, patients -- positioning, sterilization, surgery, surgical errors--prevention, surgical instruments and apparatus, surgical technology
(click the links to see all subjects and subcategories in the catalog note that there may be multiple resources available in each category. Click on category titles to view all items)

To find articles in MEDLINE/PubMED, use the MeSH database to find MeSH terms and build a search strategy

Need to use anatomy models? Click here for a list of models available in the C.O.D. Library

Reference Books

Reference materials are well indexed, organized, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need.

Click here to view surgery-related reference collection materials

Click here to view pharmacology, drug and herbal supplement related reference materials

Click here** to view more recommended reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.

**Clicking this link will take you to the Consumer Health Resource Guide's section on reference material

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Internet Resources

Below are some helpful Surgical Technology resources selected by College of Dupage Library's Health Science Librarian. The College of DuPage and the C.O.D. Library do not create or control any of these resources, and they will not be held responsible for misuse of information or any adverse effects of recommendations stated in these resources.

Associations & Organizations:

Useful Sites:

Interested in more useful health-related resources?

Check out the Consumer Health Resources Guide for information on:


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Citing Sources with the APA Style Guidelines

Health Science Courses often require APA citation style but you may be asked to use MLA style (clarify with your instructors what style is required for each research project).

C.O.D. Library's Citing Sources Page contains APA and MLA examples for print and electronic resources as well as additional citation sites, parenthetical (in-text) citation information, and access to the NoodleBIB Bibliography Composer

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Need assistance? Don't hesitate to contact me!
Debra J. Kakuk Smith
Associate Professor, Health Sciences Librarian
SRC 3149
(630) 942-4305
smithkak@cod.edu

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