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Medical Assistant Websites

thumb_bp-cuff.jpg ANYONE can put information on the Internet. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties. Use the evaluating sources section to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include the information in your academic projects either!

Associations & Organizations

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Illinois Society of Medical Assistants (ISMA)

Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB)

Atlases, Dictionaries and Handbooks

MedTerms Medical Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Online
Includes medical dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English, unabridged, visual, and ESL

Merck Manual Consumer version

Merck Manual Professional Edition

Career & Resume Resources

COD's Career & College Information Collection (CCIC)
Located on the second floor of the Library (3rd floor of the SRC building), CCIC provides online and print information on educational opportunities, occupational choices and job-seeking skills. This multimedia collection can assist you in planning for your educational, career and employment goals. Resources cover writing resumes & cover letters, preparing for certification exams, preparing for job interviews, and occupational information (salaries/wages and job outlook)

Community Resources

C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System [DuPage County]
A fast and easy way to obtain basic information on social service programs throughout DuPage County [Mozilla Firefox browser is recommended, Internet Explorer may not display correctly]

DuPage County Health Department
Promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness and disability; protects health from environmental risk factors; and strives to assure the provision of accessible, quality services. Web site topics include: asthma, depression, bioterrorism, consumer services, dental services, DuPage safe food site, environmental health services, mental health services and men's and women's health sites

Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
Promotes businesses, nonprofits and services within Glen Ellyn

Milton Township SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together)
This township web site organizes and shares resources on scams, transportation, food security, housing, safety, communication and more

Village of Glen Ellyn Service Groups & Organizations
A starting point for identifying local services available near Glen Ellyn, available from the Village of Glen Ellyn Web site

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Serves the evolving needs of women and families through programs focused around Safety & Wellness, Education & Training, and Economic Sustainability.

Diagnostic Medical Test Resources

ARUP: Laboratory Test Directory
ARUP's Laboratory Test Directory contains complete, up-to-date test information, including methodology and reporting times, collection and transportation specifications, reference intervals, test notes, and CPT codes. Clients can access entries via an A to Z index located in the upper-left section of the site and search by test name, key word, test number, or mnemonic.

small yellow star.jpgLab Tests Online
Designed to help the patient or caregiver better understand that many clinical lab tests are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases. The site is a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community

Laboratory Testing
Produced by pathologists, this site offers access to interpretations of laboratory tests and surgical pathology reports. A wealth of information about diseases, tests, and laboratory procedures

Doctor and Hospital Information

America's Best Hospitals
U.S. News and World Report ranks the top medical centers

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an organization of 24 approved medical specialty boards. The intent of the certification of physicians is to provide assurance to the public that those certified by an ABMS Member Board have successfully completed an approved training program and an evaluation process assessing their ability to provide quality patient care in the specialty

AMA Physician Select: Online Doctor Finder
The American Medical Association Physician Select database provides basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions, including more than 690,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO)

Hospital Compare:
Find out how well hospitals across the U.S. compare in the care of adult patients with certain medical conditions. It includes a hospital checklist for consumers.

Locate a Hospice
From the Hospice Foundation of America

Illinois Hospital Association
The IHA's consumer information section includes links to: find a hospital (alphabetically or by city), advance directives, the Illinois Poison Center, Illinois KidCare, and organ donation updates and links

Illinois Hospital Report Card
Access information about the volume, cost and quality of health care provided in Illinois medical facilities

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine Directories
Arranges directory links into categories including physicians, specialists, hospitals, services, and facilities

Physician Profile Search: Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Search by Physician name to access information profiles on all physicians currently licensed in the State of Illinois. Includes license information, disciplinary and legal actions, primary office locations, hospital affiliations, board certifications, medical school and post graduate education and more

WebMD Physician Directory
Search for a physician by name, medical specialty, distance from your home, HMO plan, hospital affiliation, or other criteria

Electronic Drug & Pharmacy Resources

Micromedex Health Care Series 
MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
Includes information on new drug therapies in research and those recently approved by the FDA

Maintained by the National Library of Medicine, this site provides high quality drug information including FDA approved labels (package inserts). It is designed to supply health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts
A drug information database for consumers and medical professionals, providing information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, treatment notes for specific diseases and conditions, and topical articles and news related to pharmaceuticals

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine
Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI Advice for the Patient, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

RxList - The Internet Drug Index
Contains a database of approximately 5,000 product names that is updated regularly including professional monographs derived from FDA approved labeling and patient-oriented monographs
Easy-to-read information on more than 800 drugs sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

General Medical Information Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as: data and statistics; diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; healthy living; injury, violence and safety; life stages and populations; travelers' health; workplace safety and health; and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids

small yellow star.jpgMEDLINEplus
Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system.

small yellow star.jpgMedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To avoid registering and go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine pertussis).

Legal Sites

Westlaw Next
Westlaw Next is a comprehensive collection of law-related information resources along with news and business information. It contains information on primary law, analytical materials, litigation insights, case law, core legal reference materials, and much more. Westlaw Next also includes news and business articles of interest to legal professionals.

FindLaw: Health Care Law
A collection of policy and regulatory materials related to health care

Legal Information Institute
From Cornell Law School

Illinois Courts
Illinois Courts contains Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Court information, including judges and opinions

Medical and Public Health Law Site
Resources from Louisiana State University's Law School. Information on biotechnology, public health, and related topics

U.S. Supreme Court
Official web site for the Supreme Court of the United States


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
With over 100,000 members, the Academy is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. It serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : Home Food Safety
Food safety tips for consumers (some resources are available in Spanish)

COD Library's Nutrition Research Guide
Nutrition-related resources (print, electronic and Internet resources) from the College of Dupage Library's Natural Science Librarian

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) fact sheets
Provides "a current overview of individual vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements. ODS has fact sheets in two versions—Health Professional and Consumer. Both versions provide the same types of information but vary in the level of detail. Consumer [fact sheets] are now available in Spanish."

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Delivers credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel, and consumers.

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine
Search for nutrition-related health topics such as: calcium; child nutrition; cholesterol; dietary fats; dietary fiber; eating disorders; food labeling; infant and toddler nutrition; nutrition for seniors; nutritional support; obesity; vegetarianism; vitamins and minerals; weight loss and dieting; and food, nutrition and metabolism
A gateway to the U.S. government offices' information on nutrition, healthy eating, and physical activity

USDA Food Composition Databases
Use the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference to "find nutrient information on nearly 8,000 foods using this search page. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items."

World Health Organization (WHO): Nutrition
Provides information on the numerous nutrition activities supervised by WHO including: growth assessment and surveillance, nutrition in development and crisis, country-focused nutrition policies and programs, and reduction of micronutrient malnutrition

Useful Medical Assistant Websites

The following websites have been recommended by faculty and the health science librarian as useful for student assignments and professional practice.

Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS)
Contains coding guidelines as well as information on electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs, and a definition for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology CMS is responsible for drafting standards for the certification of EHR technology and the updating of health information privacy and security regulations under HIPAA.
ONC, and its federal partners, created to provide critical, reliable information on health IT and electronic health records (EHRs) to wider audiences. This new website offers resources to patients and providers who may have little experience with health IT. This resource answers IT questions in simple, direct language that makes sense to patients and practitioners.

The Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Illinois providing assistance to Medicare consumers as well as health care providers who participate in the Medicare program.

Illinois Hospital Association
Represents more than 200 hospitals and health systems and the patients and communities they serve, with offices in Naperville, Springfield, and Carbondale

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA creates and enforces workplace safety standards.

United States Department of Health & Human Services
The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

Medical Assistant Journals


Locating 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.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search by a variety of fields, like title, author's name, subject or keyword. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our databases are free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: Article Databases by Subject

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 and Medicine Databases
    What databases contain the best Medical Assistant resources?
    • Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.)--You may need to run your search in several databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.
    • Pay attention to online journal article embargos
    • Some journals are ONLY available in print—the Library has photocopiers and flatbed scanners

    "Best Bet" Health Databases

    Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9,100 journals. 7,100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

    Academic Video Online
    a collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful to nurses is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

    small yellow star.jpgCare Notes
    Care Notes helps medical professionals educate patients and their families about certain conditions. Contains 2500 English and 2500 Spanish documents that address patient condition, treatment, follow-up care, psychosocial issues, continuing health, and the most frequently administered drugs.

    The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. It now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1,300 important nursing and clinical journals as well as over 130 Evidence-based Care Sheets; nearly 170 Quick Lessons providing Overviews of Disease and Conditions; 170 Continuing Education Modules; and full text for 360 Research Instrument Records.

    small yellow star.jpgGale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including Business, History, Literature, Medicine, Social Science, Technology and many more.
    individual entries from these resources can be printed and emailed.

    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This resource provides 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

    small yellow star.jpgMedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

    small yellow star.jpgMICROMEDEX Healthcare Series
    Provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

    Nursing Education in Video
    an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

    Science Direct
    **Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu**
    Indexing and full-text of 175 journals in science, chemistry, nursing, biology and other related disciplines.

    small yellow star.jpgWestlaw Campus Research
    Westlaw Campus Research is an easy-to-use online research service that provides college and university students with access to a comprehensive collection of news and business information and law-related resources. Access federal and state caselaw, full text of the United States Code Annotated (USCA) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and more than 800 law reviews and journals, including Harvard Law Review and Yale Law Journal.

    Browse all COD Library Health and Medicine databases

    Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips

    • Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before using your browser's 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):
      • (aged OR geriatric OR old* OR elderly)
      • (medicare OR medicaid)
      • Put the key concepts together like this example:
        (aged OR geriatric OR old* OR elderly) AND (medicare OR medicaid)
    • 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, old* finds old or older

Medical Assistant Books, Videos & Models


Browsing the Collection

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

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  • 24/7 access to our full-text electronic books and article databases
  • Check out videos, books, software, anatomical models
  • reserve small group study rooms
  • FREE book and article Interlibrary Loans (ILL) if we don't have the resources that you need
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An easy way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic.

Keyword Searching

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:

  • health care reform AND United States
  • ethic* AND (health OR medicine OR medical)
  • asepsis OR steriliz*
  • resume* AND (health OR medicine OR medical)
  • EMR OR (electronic medical record) OR (electronic health record)
  • For more tips on creating keyword searches, see the Journal Articles section of this guide

Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.

Subject Searching

Try these subjects to browse the General and Reference Collections.

health care reform united states medical assistants
HIPAA medical laws and legislation
immunizations medical offices--management
managed care medical records
medical care law and legislation United States medicine terminology
medical ethics nutrition
pharmaceutical arithmetic pharmacology

Call Number Searching

Another strategy is to search by call number. Health-related materials are shelved in the "R" section of libraries that use the Library of Congress classification system. Medical Assistant books are located in several call number areas.

Sometimes books are located in other areas of the "R" section if they deal with specific age groups . Other resources may be located outside the "R" section if they deal with legal matters (such as malpractice or legal/ethical issues). Search the Library catalog to locate the call numbers for specific resources.

Subject Call Number Range
Anatomy & Physiology QM (anatomy) QP (physiology)
Asepsis RD91
Bloodborne Pathogens RA642
Electronic Health Records R858-R864
Health Communications R118
Health Office Management RA971-RA976.5
Medical Assisting R728.8
Medical Terminology R123
Pharmacology & Drug Handbooks or Guides RM100-300s

There are two locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library: the reference collection (items don't leave the Library) and the general stacks (items that you can take home). Library staff members will be happy to help you find books in either section--just ask!

Reference Materials

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need. Some reference materials are available full text, online via our databases. Below are some examples of the types of reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.

Some of these resources are designed for consumers (such as the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic health books), some for health students and consumers (the Gale Encyclopedia series), and some for health professionals (Cecil or Harrison's), so the type and level of information differs to suit each audience. Some reference works are available in Spanish language versions.

small yellow star.jpgReference Best Bets

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
REF R 121.D73 2012 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)

small yellow star.jpgGale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 5th edition
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library database

Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 4th edition
REF R121 .D76 2002

Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine
REF RC46 .C423

Conn's Current Therapy
REF RM101 .C87

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
REF RC71 .A14

small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333

small yellow star.jpgThe Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
REF RT51 .L566 EBOOK Click Here

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
REF RB38.2 .M67

Physical Examination & Health Assessment

Religion : a Clinical Guide for Nurses
REF RT85.2 .R45 2012 and EBOOK Click Here

Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook
REF RM125 .S3

Streaming Health & Medical Videos

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access these video databases from off-campus.

Academic Video Online
A diverse collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video is a collection of video materials for the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology. The collection allows students and faculty to easily find, cite, and share footage of top clinicians and academics explaining the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations, while demonstrating effective techniques and methods for their treatment.

Sports Medicine And Exercise Science In Video
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and health-related multimedia resources can be found by searching the COD Library catalog. Use your COD Library card to check these items out for in-library, home viewing, or online access (depending on availability).

Anatomical Models

Anatomical Models are available at the Library circulation desk.

For even more assistance with anatomy & physiology, check out the COD Library's Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide!

Medical Assistant Guide

thumb_medical-office-assistant-certification.jpg This guide is a starting point for locating Medical Assistant books, videos, journal articles, images and credible websites.

The menu on the right will help you research, locate, evaluate and cite resources in APA style.

Ask Your Health Science Librarian

Do you need help finding information on a specific topic? In addition to using our face-to-face, online and phone Ask A Librarian options, you may call or email me to set up an appointment or to explain what you need (I can often help you via email). Please remember that while I can assist you in finding information and can educate you about locating and citing quality health resources, I cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for specific conditions or diseases. I also cannot interpret assignments--ask your instructor! I will always refer specific medical and assignment-related questions back to your health care provider or instructor. Your questions will be kept in confidence and your privacy will be respected.

For an overview of Library resources and services available to the students and faculty of the Medical Assistant program, see the 2018 Medical Assistant Library Accreditation Report and Resource List attached below.

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