Health Sciences

Dental Hygiene Guide

This guide is a starting point for locating Dental Hygiene books, videos, journal articles, CEUs, images and credible websites.

The tabs below and menus on the right will help you research, locate and cite resources.

  1. Books, Videos & Models
  2. Journal Articles

Books, Videos & Models

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, models, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

If the COD Library doesn't have the items that you need, try searching in WorldCat. COD's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is free for library card holders.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are current, well indexed, organized, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information and additional resources. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Unless a reference work is in an electronic format such as an e-book, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need because print reference books remain in the Library.

Recommended health science resources found in the C.O.D. Library reference collection--including links to full-text, ONLINE reference books.

Search Strategies

Call Number Ranges

Use these call numbers to browse the General and Reference Collection shelves.

RK Dentistry
RK 60.7 - 60.8 Preventative
RK 280 Oral and Dental Anatomy and Physiology
RK 301 - 493 Oral and Dental Medicine, Pathology, and

Keyword Searches

Do a keyword search of the Library catalog using words that are specific to your topic. Try using specific keywords, such as proper names, combining several keywords, or using keyword phrases. For example:

  • (anesthe* OR anaesthe*) AND dental
  • Robert Atkins
  • OSHA AND dent*
  • emergencies AND "dental office*"
  • For more tips on creating keyword searches, see the Journal Articles section of this guide

Subject Searches

Do a subject search of the Library catalog using some of the subject headings listed below:

Anatomical Models

Anatomical models are available at the Library circulation desk.

Journal Articles

The Library provides access to many online article databases that will help you locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author and title.

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Newspaper Databases
Includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more

Databases by Subject
Choose an database according to your subject of interest.

  • Begin your research in the Health Research Databases
    • Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets) so be sure to run your search in multiple databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.

    Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips

    • Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before going up to the Explorer bar and using the back or print buttons
    • For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
    • Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
    • To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
    • When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
      • Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
      • Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
      • Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
      • Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
      • dental AND (caries OR cavities)
      • (radiogr* OR xray* OR x-ray* OR diag* imag*)
      • Put the key concepts together like this example:
        dental AND (caries OR cavities) AND (radiogr* OR xray* OR x-ray* OR diag* imag*)
    • capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command not just listing a word to be found
    • Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, imag* finds image, images, imagery, imaging

    For frequently asked questions about journal articles:


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