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Medical Terminology

Advanced Internet Searches

1) Enter Measles 2019 in the general search boc of any Non-Google search engine. How many and what type of results do you see? 

Choose one from below. 





2) Now go to and enter Measles 2019 in the general search box, and compare and contrast the results between the two searches. 

3) Using Google Advanced Search, perform an Education (.edu) Domain Search for Flu 2018. How do these results differ from those above? 

Advanced Search

Google Web Search

4) From your .edu Google Advanced Search results, select a site that you feel would be useful in preparing your research. Identify its complete URL address. 

6) What do you find most useful about Domain and Google Advanced Searches?

A Word On Internet Domains

In terms of how the internet is organized, websites are mapped based on the type of website that it is. For example, Amazon is a retail website interested in commercial activity, so therefore it is mapped at, with the .com signaling that it is a commercial (with .com representing "commercial") website. Similarly, a company may have a commerical side (.com) website, but have an internal website where they share relevant internal documents which may have a .net address, for "network," instead of .com.

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and there are no restrictions on purchasing a domain name. You will need to research to determine the credibility and intent of any given website. 

There are literally hundreds of domains available globally, and there are some domains that are specific to websites based in the United States. 

Website Evaluation

Let's Practice

Check the following websites to determine if each is credible or not. Give a short explanation on specific reasons from each category of the C.R.A.P. test to support your decision. Look at the websites carefully, including "About Us" information, sponsoring organizations, and ads. 

For this assignment, all criteria must be met "without any doubt" to pass as being credible for medical research.
Credible Or Not Credible For Medical Research? Why?
Credible Or Not Credible For Medical Research? Why?
Credible Or Not Credible For Medical Research? Why?
Credible Or Not Credible For Medical Research? Why?
Credible Or Not Credible For Medical Research? Why?

A Quick Lesson On Databases

A Quick Lesson on Databases

On the following pages, you will have the opportunity to explore two different databases, CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) and Nursing Reference Center.

Despite “nursing” appearing in the title of both databases, they each include a wealth of information and scholarly sources across the entire range of health sciences.

Databases are collections of like-materials presented electronically for convenient access. There are additional types of databases, but the three most common types of databases found in libraries are:

  1. Article databases Published periodical content, such as scholarly research, but also can include newspapers and popular magazines, trade materials and professional literature. CINAHL is an example of an article database, where one can find published scholarly articles and research.
  2. Reference databases Sources that are your traditional “desk references” like dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and for health sciences may include drug guides, and diagnostic and treatment manuals. Nursing Reference Center is an example of a reference database, which is essentially a physician’s desk reference that has a medical dictionary, drug guide, and evidence-based treatment sources (among many other types of information) built into the source.
  3. Audio-visual databases Can be audio (e.g. speeches, music, sound effects) and video recordings. ICC Library provides several video databases for the Health Careers programs.

You can explore the dozens of additional Health Careers databases here:  (then select Health Careers)

Database: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)

  • Start by accessing the database through the Lib Guides for Medical Terminology
  • Click on “Finding” and then on Articles in Databases.  
  • Select CINAHL.  
  • Once the database opens, you will see search boxes near the top of the page.


  1. Search for Bipolar Depression. How many results do you get?


  1. What happens to the number if you put quotation marks around “Bipolar Depression” and search again?  What other differences do you note in the search results?


  1. Look closely at your results. How can you tell if a full article is available, or just an abstract?


  1. Further modify your results with Refine (limit to) Your Results on the left side of the screen.  Check the box for Full Text, change the publication date range to the past 3 years.  What happens to the results? Why would this be beneficial?


  1. Identify an article from your search results and fill out this form to build a sample APA citation.


*Author Name (Last name, first & second initials):

Date of Publication:

Article Title:

Journal Title:



Volume # (Issue #):

Page range (if applicable):

Web address/URL:


Note: APA Rules require listing up to 7 authors for your reference. For the purposes of this exercise, just list the lead author.


  1. What do you find most useful about CINAHL?

Database: Nursing Reference Center (NRC)

  • Start by accessing the database through the Lib Guides for Medical Terminology
  • Click on the “Finding” tab and then on Reference for Background Information or Taber’s Dictionary ‚óŹ Select Nursing Reference Center
  • Once the database opens, you will see tabs and a search box near the top of the page.


  1. Select Diseases & Conditions and browse for Heart Attack. Note the multiple results.  Select and open a topic of interest and review its contents.  What topic did you select?  Review the Quick Lesson content and identify a Red Flag for this condition.


  1. Explore 2 or more links listed in Related Information.  Briefly summarize material you found in one of the links and describe how you might use this information.


  1. Reflect on a recent pharmaceutical ad campaign you have seen or a medication that has been prescribed for you or a family member.  Select Drug Information. Browse for that medication by generic or brand name. What drug did you select?  Review the content and identify why this medication might be prescribed.


  1. Search one of the following areas (on following page) that you are particularly interested, and locate one of the associated topics in NRC and identify answers to questions 1 and 2 above for the selected entry.

Respiratory Therapy   Find: Pulmonary Function Tests (assessment) – or – Asthma (diagnosis)

Radiography                Find: Radiology MRI (assisting with procedure)

Physical Therapy         Find: Physical Therapy (assessment/avaluation)

Occupational Therapy  Find: Occupational Therapy (assessment/evaluation)

Surgical Technology    Find: Instrument Sterilization

Dental Hygiene           Find: Procedures/Complications

Dietitians/Nutrition     Find: Dietary Needs/Restrictions

Sports Medicine          Find: Tendinopathy (assessment/evaluation)

Massage Therapy        Find: Techniques/Benefits


We covered a lot of material here, and this is only the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” in terms of what ICC offers its students to find great, credible information!

You can find additional general library information, including locations and hours of operation at

You can find subject and program-specific research guides (called LibGuides) at

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