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Library-recommended resources to support students in the Medical Assisting program.
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  • Scholarly Articles vs. Popular Magazine Articles

    Periodical publications such as magazines, newspapers and journals vary in quality and depth of coverage. Instructors will frequently want you to select articles from scholarly journals (sometimes called "refereed" or "peer-reviewed" journals, though the terms don't mean exactly the same thing).

    Click the image or here to see a short (3min) video on how to tell the difference between scholarly articles and popular magazine articles.

    For more detail, try our guide to "Scholarly vs. Popular Works."

    CFCC Medical Assisting

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    HOW - Your Step-by-Step Guide

    Six-page PDF steps the reader through the common parts of any scientific study with follow-up questions to guide understanding. Find a scholarly/peer reviewed article in your subject area of interest and follow along .

    "How-To" Video in the CFCC Library

    VIEW a CLIP (3-min.) of this 24-minute DVD.

    Best Medical Databases


    Keep your initial search simple--save limits (such as date ranges, scholarly, English-language only, etc.) until you see the initial results list.

    Look for common database tools (suggested subject headings, abstracts, citation help, emailing and save options) on the edges of the page, often in a color bar above the search boxes or in a separate frame on the right or left of your results list.

    PubMed Central

    Free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)


    PubMed Central offers very sophisticated searching options, but these can be intimidating to new users.  The help manual is a 38-page PDF.

    DOAJ : Directory of Open Access Journals

    Aims & Scope

    The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.