HCA 3443 (Epidemiology)

1. Resources

The NSU Libraries offer a variety of print and online resources to help with your research:

Reference Materials

Dictionary of Childhood Health Problems (Tahlequah campus Ref. RJ 26 .G55)

Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web 3 vols. ( Tahlequah campus Ref. R 859.7.I58 M436)

Medical Library Association Consumer Health Reference Service Handbook (Tahlequah campus Ref. RA 776 .B234)


-Benchmarks in Healthcare Case Management: Responsibilities, Results & ROI. Sea Girt, NJ: Healthcare Intelligence Network, 2011. (RA 975.5 .C36B46)

The NSU Library Catalog and WorldCat database can be an extremely valuable tools for identifying relevant print and electronic resources. WorldCat is particularly useful for helping to identify books that are not owned by the NSU Libraries, but which can obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

NSU Library Online Catalog

Below are a few examples of subject headings that can be used to find material in the both the NSU Library catalog and WorldCat:

-communicable diseases transmission
-medical geography

Journal/Magazine Article Databases

Academic Search Premier
Business Source Elite
CINAHL Complete
Health Source-Consumer Edition
MD Consult
Newsbank (International, national, regional and local news)
TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network

Sample Journals for Finding Research, Analytical, Observational, etc., Articles on Diseases and Other Public Health Topics

American Journal of Epidemiology (online e-journals by title / Per. RA 421 .A556)
American Journal of Public Health (online e-journals by title / Per. RA 421 .A41)
Public Health Reports (online e-journals by title / Per. RA 11 .B17)

2. Search Tips

1. Using the terms found in a database thesaurus will help focus the search results.

2. Remember that most databases support the use of boolean search terms (and, or, not). Use and to narrow, or to expand, and not to exclude terms. Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results. Many databases and search engines accept the use of the * symbol when truncating words. For example, type counsel* to retrieve documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...

3. Reading the "Help" page found on each database will help take full advantage of the various search features of the database.

3. Internet Sites/Online Publications

American College of Healthcare Executives
American Hospital Association: Reports and Studies
American Public Health Association
Association for University Programs in Health Administration
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Health Information Technology
Health, United States, 2009, with Special Feature on Medical Technology
HEDIR for Health Educators
HRSA Health Information Technology
Institute for HealthCare Improvement
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Oklahoma Public Health Association
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
World Health Organization

4. Evaluating Web sites

Since anyone can publish anything on the internet it is important to consider the reliability of the information being presented. There are a few basic things to keep in mind in terms of reliability and the authority of the information being presented. For example, generally speaking web pages from government sites (.gov) and military organizations (.mil) contain reliable information. In addition, education sites (.edu) are usually credible. Also, professional organization sites (which many times end in .org) contain useful information.

To learn more about how to evaluate information found on the internet, please take a look at Evaluating Web Pages from the University of California at Berkeley.

5. APA Style Rules

The American Psychological Association (APA) originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences. Many other disciplines have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well. In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list that uses proper format in providing citations in your paper. Below are some print and online resources that can help you create reference lists and citations using the APA Style.

APA Style Resources in Print

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies and editions of the APA style guide. Copies of the most current edition are found in both the reference and circulating collections under the call number BF 76.7 .P83.

APA Style Resources Online

APA Style Help
Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) (Provides information on APA Formatting and Style)

6. HCA Course Instructor

HCA Instructor

Dr. Shae Foutch
Coordinator of Health Care Administration
Office: BT 309
Phone: 444-2941

Department of Business Administration Web Site

Page maintained by: Erica K. Argyropoulos
Last Updated: August 8, 2017