Reference sources are excellent resources to use for a number of reasons:
You can access reference books online through these databases:
Gale Virtual Reference Library contains entries from encyclopedias such as Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health, Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Health & Aging, Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior, and Nutrition and Well-Being A-Z .
Credo Reference contains entries from over 600 reference books on all topics, including medical dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks.
Here are some key reference books in print and/or electronic format. They can be found by title in the library catalog.
Black's Medical Dictionary ELECTRONIC
Control of Communicable Diseases Manual REF 614 CONTROL 2008
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV REF 616.8907 DIAGNOS 2000
Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary ELECTRONIC
Drug Information : A Guide for Pharmacists ELECTRONIC
Gray's Anatomy REF 611 GRAY 2008
Infectious Diseases: In Context REF 616.003 INFECTI 2008
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book REF 613.2 MAYO 2009
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy REF 615.58 MERCK
Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions REF 610.3 MOSBYS 2009 and also ELECTRONIC
PDR Consumer Guide to Prescription Drugs REF 615.1 PDR 2011
Physicians' Desk Reference: PDR REF 615.1 PHYSICI 2009
Spanish-English/English-Spanish Medical Dictionary REF 610.3 MCERLOY 2012