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Radiologic Technology

Getting Acquainted with Cabrillo College Library

These exercises will acquaint you with various library and Internet resources as they apply to your studies in radiologic technology. Stop by the Cabrillo College Library sometime before you start your Rad Tech courses to do these exercises, and you'll feel much better prepared!

Since you are not yet a student, go to the Reference/Instruction Desk and ask to be signed in to use a computer as a guest (need picture ID). To print, ask for a guest ID at the Circulation Desk.

First, go to this page on the Internet --

  1. Go to the Library home page ( www.cabrillo.edu/services/library)
  2. Under Library Instruction, click on Course Related Instruction
  3. Click on Radiologic Technology Resources
  4. Print out this page.
  5. Make this Web page a Favorite (Internet Explorer) or bookmark it (Netscape or Mozilla). That way, you can get back to it easily
  6. Click here for library floor plan, and print it out.

To do the exercise, go back and forth between the print and online version of this exercise as needed.

Exercise 1: Library Online Catalog

  1. Go to the Cabrillo College Library homepage <http://libwww.cabrillo.edu>
  2. Click on Books, Videos, and more
  3. Using the opening screen, type in radiographic atlas

Your results should look something like this:



Aptos Reserve means that the book is held at the Circulation Desk for students in courses to use 2 hours at a time, and overnight. You would go to the Circulation Desk to request this book.

1. Identify one book in the main stacks (# 3 on the library floor plan), and one book in the folio stacks (# 4 on the library floor plan). Using the floor plan, and going by the call number, walk over and locate where those books are shelved.

Main stacks book

Book title_______________________________________

Call number______________________________________

Folio stacks book

Book title_______________________________________

Call number______________________________________

Reference book -- Go back to the Library Catalog. Search this time for ultrasound anatomy. Select a reference book, and note its call number here:

______________________________________

Using the floor plan, walk over and locate the book (the Reference shelves are represented by # 5 on the floor plan).

Now do a search for radiology critical care. One of the records you retrieve will be for an electronic book.



This library has over 28,000 electronic books. When you find electronic books in doing a search in the online catalog, you just click through to read them. When you are on campus (either Aptos or Watsonville), you don't need a password. If you are off campus, you just type in your Cabrillo College Library card number. Sweet! You can access and read these books 24/7.

If you want to search just the electronic books:

1. From the Cabrillo College Library homepage
2. Click on Articles and Databases
3. Under General, click on NetLibrary E-Books
(you'll probably need to scroll down just a bit)

Exercise 2: Find Periodical Articles -- A periodical can be either a magazine or a journal. Both are periodicals, i.e., publications issued on a regular schedule (i.e., periodically), and planned to be published indefinitely. Magazines are popular; journals are academic. You'll be using mostly journals for your studies.

These are the primary databases you will use to find periodical articles for rad tech topics:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • CINAHL PLUS with Full text (CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
  • Health Source Nursing/Academic
  • Medline

Here's how you use the periodical dabases

  1. Go to the Cabrillo College Library homepage  http://libwww.cabrillo.edu
  2. Click on Articles and Databases
  3. Under Health & Medicine, select the database you want to use, e.g., CINAHL PLUS with Full text
  4. On the next screen, click to switch to the Advanced Search mode.


That way you can search for more than one variable at a time.

Click in the small box next to Full Text --
Type in your search terms.  Then click on Search

A sample search for articles on diagnostic imaging of traumatic brain injury:

The asterisk ( * ) is used to retrieve multiple word endings -- injur* retrieves injury and injuries; imag* retrieves imagery and imaging.

Search for periodical articles on one of these topics:

  • fluoroscopy
  • mammography

Click on a periodical title to get to the screen with full information about it

Periodical title (look where it says Source):_______________________________________

Article title ________________________________________________________________

Date of the periodical____________________________________ 

You can click to print or email the article. You even click to cite it!!

 

Exercise 3: Using Internet Resources -- Explore some high quality Internet resources for radiologic technology

  1. Go to the Cabrillo College Library homepage
  2. Click on Web Resources by Subject
  3. Click on Radiologic Technology


Explore these high quality sites! Your notes:

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Exercise 4: Finding Your Own Web Sites

Go to Google.com

Suppose you are interested in finding Web resources about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine, and you want something from an educational institution. Type this in as your search:

spine MRI site:.edu

Google will retrieve Web sites that have the word spine AND the initialism MRI, and limit the search to Web sites at educational institutions.

Make notes here about some sites that you found:

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________

Exercise 5: Print periodicals -- Many periodicals are available electronically, but you should know that we still subscribe to the print version of one important journal for your studies:

  • Radiologic Technology Library has: last 10 years. Current issue is in Browsing Area. Back issues are at Circulation Desk.

Find where the current periodicals are kept in the Library (# 2 on the floor plan) and go over and look at the most recent issue.

Whew! Now that you've done all that, you're going to feel pretty darn comfortable when you get your first library research assignments!

To get to this page on the Internet

  1. Go to the Library home page ( www.cabrillo.edu/services/library)
  2. Under Library Instruction, click on Course Related Instruction
  3. Click on Radiologic Technology Resources



T. N. Smalley 2/2011

  


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