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Research Basics: WCU Research Resources


The Research Basics Guide was created by West Coast University Library staff members as a resource for anyone seeking information about available research resources.

Research Assistance eBooks

Check out some of WCU’s eBooks about research!  Didn’t find what you were looking for?  Ask a library staff member!  Additional resources can be found at each campus.

How to Search WCU Databases

Online Databases

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete provides premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals for business students.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL Plus® with Full Text is a robust collection of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature. Full text coverage dates back to 1937.

Credo Reference

CREDO Reference helps find information on all subjects out of 607 reference sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, and more.

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source

Dentistry & Oral Science Source covers all facets relating to the areas of dentistry including dental public health, endodontics, facial pain & surgery, odontology, oral & maxillofacial pathology/surgery/radiology, orthodontology, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics. The database is updated weekly on EBSCOhost.

Health Source - Consumer Edition

This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

Lexicomp Online

Lexicomp Online is an invaluable pharmacy, dental hygiene, and allied health resource that contains valuable drug information, patient education resources (in many languages), oral surgery videos, and other important reference information.

Medline Complete

MEDLINE Complete provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. With coverage dating back to 1857 and full-text back to 1865, MEDLINE Complete is the definitive research tool for medical literature.

ProQuest Health & Medical Complete

This database offers reliable, comprehensive journal coverage of clinical and biomedical topics, consumer health, health administration and more.

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Find a Book in Your Library

When you walk in a library and see books on the shelves, the call number is usually seen on the bottom part of a book’s spine.

Library staff put spine labels (see below) on their books to organize them according to subject.

Search the library’s online catalog to view the call number of the book you are interested in checking out, so you will be able to swiftly locate the book in the library.


You can view the subclasses of R (Medicine) to familiarize yourself with the various subjects to have a better understanding when searching for books.

Special collections and locations are as follows:

  • "REF" means that the item is in the Reference Collection. These items do not check out, but may be used in the library. These items are separate from the general collection.
  • "TEXTBOOK REF" means that the item is a Course Reserve item. These items may be checked out for two hour in-library-use only. Often these items are kept in a separate or locked location; consult your library staff member about where to find them.
  • Media items will have a suffix that indicates the type of media, like "DVD". Consult your library staff member about where to find them and any special rules about their use.

Questions? Ask your library staff member - they are happy to help!