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Surgical Technologist Program Resources

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Consider requesting items not currently available at ICC through the following services:

Can't find an article?

Having a difficult time finding an article? Here are a few tips:

  • If you find too many results, try adding limits to your search. Try adding more terms to your search (e.g. try "surgical draping" instead of "patient preparation procedures") or limit by publication date.


  • If you are not finding enough results, consider broadening your search. Try taking away search terms or making your terms more general. Also consider if there are synonyms or other ways to search for the same idea, but in a different way. For example, if you are looking for information on "aseptic technique" you might also try "sterilization," or other related terms.

Our librarians are happy to help if you cannot find what you are looking for. Just stop by the reference desk or call for assistance.

Journal Databases

Electronic versions of journal articles can be found within databases. These databases allow you to perform searches by subject terms, author, title, date of publication and other terms. Using these databases also ensure that you find scholarly, peer-reviewed sources that your instructors want you to use.

Here are some article databases that you may find useful:

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

CINAHL is a comprehesive database that covers more that 760 journals. Many articles are available in full-text. Those that are not available full-text can usually be requested through interlibrary loan (please see a librarian for more information). This is a great place to start your search for journal articles!

Health Reference Center is a multi-source database providing access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals. This database is very user-friendly!

The Nursing Reference Center is a source used in hospitals and other treatment settings. It contains a wide array of materials including information about diseases/conditions, skills and procedures papers, drug information, and evidence-based patient education sheets.

Science Direct is a comprehensive database with coverage of journals from all the sciences, including medicine, health science, and biology. Search hint: Once you are in the database click on the "Search" link on the top of the page. On this search page you can limit the Subject to "Nursing and Health Professionals" to help narrow your search to articles found in nursing and health related journals.

Medline Plus is a product of the National Institutes of Health. It provides consumer-friendly information about diagnoses, conditions, and drugs, but also has useful features for nurses--including easy to read short articles and educational videos.

PubMed is free to access and contains indexed entries for thousands of articles. Not all of the articles are available for free, but some may be found in CINAHL, and others we may be able to order via interlibrary loan. This is a good place to look for the broadest amount of sources and for information about drug trials.

This is a more general database, but can be useful for finding journal and newspaper articles on broader topics. This can be especially useful to search for current events and trends.


Journal -- Surgical Technologist

The current issue of Surgical Technologist is available on line.  ICC Library has the print version available in the back of the library. Just click on the photo below for the current month.