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Locations and Policies

Los Angeles Campus: Suite 405. Contact:
Ontario Campus: Suite 300. Contact: Karen
Phoenix Campus: Suite L150. Contact: Terri
Library Policies

Due to COVID-19 precautions and until further notice, all physical library branches are closed. Thank you for your patience while we digitize reources onto LibGuides!

NOTE: The Los Angeles Public Library is offering an e-card to Los Angeles residents, so sign up for free access to their Gale Nursing and Allied Health database (among others) for researching.

5/21/20: Please give a big, remote welcome to Smith Library's first intern, Kat Martinez-Santos! Kat is in her final semester at USC in the Master's of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program. Initially, she will be helping Kat Ganji and Cat Herzon with LibGuides, but will also consult on all things library on many other projects. Welcome, Kat!

5/7/20: Smith Library becomes a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

5/1/20: Smith Library receives its second grant, one of 49 institutions in 24 states chosen to participate in a Library of America initiative called 'Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters', a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The Smith Library program will consist of two poetry reading events and discussions involving students, faculty, staff and the public in dialogs around themes emphasizing the importance of family, community and community service, so that the WCUI Pro Bono Wellness Program can provide medical assistance outreach and education in communities. Besides Smith Library representing Los Angeles, other participating cities include New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Kansas City. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. 

2/28/20: Smith Library is awarded a grant for the American Library Association’s ‘Libraries Ready to Code’ initiative, co-written by Anthony Sharp. The grant is sponsored by Google and will help 40+ students with career services, and funds will go to library technology. Not only is this WCUI’s first grant, but according to the map below, WCUI represents Los Angeles by being only one of three awardees around LA -  the other two being non-academic libraries - and is one of only eight grantees for the entire West Coast.

Welcome to the Smith Library

Student Research Projects (SRP)

General  |  Articles  |  Books  |  Websites  |  Other Library Databases  |  Citing  |  PechaKucha PowerPoint


  • Pick a topic that you feel passionate about - this will drive your desire to want to learn more about it.
  • Use Advanced Search - set the date filters to return results within the last five years so your research is recent.
  • Check 'Peer-Reviewed' - these articles have been reviewed by other experts in the field.

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Articles from Journals - These look like magazines, and are published on a regular basis and have articles:

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Websites - Support your topic:

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

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Other Library Databases - Get online access 24/7 with a library card:
The Southern California Library Cooperative includes Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica and pretty much every public library system in LA proper (each of the aforementioned libraries require separate cards).

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Always give credit where credit is due and avoid plagiarism by citing your sources. WCUI utilizes the APA 6th edition method of citing resources. The best place to access how to write citations is at Purdue OWL (navigate the left column for the type of resource you need to format the citation as). Also, each Smith Library has a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition available for check out. For more information on copyright compliance, visit The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance (2008).

For the References page, place the references in alphabetical order by the creator's last name, in the format already started for you in the paper. If there is one, always conclude your citation with the doi number - the digital object identifier is a persistent link in digital environments.

Do not photocopy and or distribute electronically copyrighted works to fellow students or other persons outside of WCUI for personal use or profit. Resources are provided for academic learning and completion of classroom requirements only.

  • Citing within your research paper/PowerPoint deck:
    • If you paraphrase what the author said, just follow the paraphrased material with (Author last name, year of publication):
      According to Jones, the instance didn't apply (Jones, 2020).
    • If you quote the exact words of the author, follow this format:
      The author stated, "Students often had difficulty using APA style" (Jones, 2020, p. 199), but she did not explain why.
  • Using citation generators:
    • Make sure that "APA - 6th edition" is selected so the proper format is returned.
    • Some resources have "cite" in the upper right-hand corner or a little graphic of quotation marks, and you can copy and paste the citation into your paper (making sure they're in alphabetical order on the References page).
    • creates a quick bibliography since you only need three resources for WCUI's three-paged papers, or you can download Zotero to track research.
  • Book format - italicize the title:
    • Author, A.A. & Author, B.B. (Publication year). Title of work: Capital letter only for first word and anything after a colon. Publisher's City, State: Publisher Name.
      Calfee, R.C. & Valencia, R.R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Journal article format - italicize the name and volume number of the journal, then list the page numbers and doi (data object identifier):
    • Smith, J.J., Jones, S.S., & Clark, W.Y. (2020). Capitalize the first letter of the title after each punctuation symbol: Italicize the journal and volume number. This Is The Journal, 15(5)1-21, doi: 10.10.37/002/7975.7.2.001 
  • Website article format - italicize the title:
    • Author, A.A. & Author, B.B. (Publication year). Title of work: Capital letter only for the first word and any first word after a colon. Retrieved from http:
      Goo, J. (June 28, 2012). Medicine net. Foot pain. Retrieved from
  • Photo/Image:
    • -In- the paper/PowerPoint deck: Immediately under the image, type the word "Figure", followed by a number for the image. Italicize all of that (Figure 1.). Number your figures sequentially throughout the presentation. Then provide a description of each image in its caption. Type the words "Adapted from", then the title of the image, the creator of the image, the location of the image, and any URL for the image.
      Figure X. An explanation or description of figure. Reprinted [or adapted] from Book Title (page number), by Author First Initial. Second Initial. Last Name, Year, Place of Publication: Publisher.
      Example: Figure 1. Cat watching World of Warcraft on a laptop. Adapted from "World of Warcraft Obsesssion," by I.M. Stacina, 2004, retrieved from
    • Reference page format
      Photographer, F.M. (Photographer). (Year, Month Date of Publication). Title of Photograph [digital image]. Retrieved from URL
      Example: O’Shea, P. (Photographer). (2010, August 29). Rescued hedgehog [digital image]. Retrieved from
  • Video:
    • Company or Person Who Owns the Rights (Producer). (2020). Italicize the title [YouTube video]. Available from
  • Podcast/RSS:
    • Last Name, FirstInitial. (Producer). (2020, January 1). Italicize the title [Audio podcast/RSS]. Retrieved from

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PechaKucha PowerPoint - 20 slides at 20 seconds each = 6 minutes and 40 seconds, which allows for 3:20 of questions for a 10-minute talk

PechaKucha uses storytelling instead of bullets in a PowerPoint deck. Each slide receives 20 seconds of presentation (Use Timings, Animation, Slide Show Start Time) to keep the story moving, and focuses the audience's attention on actively listening to information and the speaker, rather than the utilization of PowerPoint as a teleprompter/reading of slides. This works great for student research projects, and business presentations for clients. Look on YouTube for PechaKucha examples, make an outline, then practice, because 20 seconds goes by quickly and you need to know your information. Under each image in your PowerPoint deck, be sure to cite the source in order to give credit to the author, and also list it on your References page:
Artist last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year Published). Title of image [Format]. Retrieved from

"PowerPoint Makes You Stupid. Here are three smarter alternatives." (G. James,, 2/3/20)

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*Medical Subject Headings (MESH) for PubMed

Acute Disease
Aortic Disease  
Arterial Occlusive Disease  
Breast Disease 

Carcinoid Heart Disease   
Cardiovascular Disease:

-Diagnostic Use  
-Prevention and Control  

Carotid Artery Disease
Cerebral Arterial Disease 
Cerebral Small Vessel Disease   
Cerebrovascular Disorders 
Chronic Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Disease
Diabetic Angiopathies
Diabetic Nephropathies
Digestive System Disease
Drug-Induced Liver Injury

Gallbladder Disease
Heart Disease 
Heart Valve Disease
‚ÄčHepatitis D
Inflammatory Bowel Disease 
Intracranial Arterial Disease
‚ÄčInternational Classification of Disease
Kidney Disease 
Liver Disease  
Liver Disease, Alcoholic  
Liver Disease, Parasitic   
Metabolic Disease   
Myocardial Ischemia   
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease 
National Institute of Arteritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
Occ. Disease Congenital Hereditary, Neonatal Disease Abnormalities  
Pancreatic Disease  
Pelvic Floor Disorders  
Peripheral Arterial Disease 
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Pulmonary Heart Disease

Renal Inflammatory, Chronic   
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic   
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Spinal Cord, Vascular 
Splenic Disease
Vascular Disease
Thalamic Disease
Thyroid Disease



BL Blood 
CI Chemically Induced 
CF Cerebrospinal Fluid 
CL Classification 
CO Complications 
DH Diet Therapy 
DI Diagnosis 
DT Drug Therapy  
ED Economics 
EH Ethnology 
EM Embryology
EN Enzymology

EP Epidemiology 
ET Etiology 
GE Genetics 
HI History 
IM Immunology 
ME Metabolism 
MI Microbiology 
MO Metabolism 
NU Nursing 
PA Pathology 
PC Prevention and Control 
PP Physiopathology 

PS Parasitology 
PX Psychology 
RA Radiography 
RH Rehabilitation 
RI Radionuclide Imaging 
RT Radiotherapy 
SU Surgery 
TH Therapy 
UR Urine 
US Ultrasonography 
VE Veterinary 
VI Virology 


RSS Feeds

Libraries Transform (Amer. Library Assn.)

Research Aids

Copyright defines an economic opportunity for the author of a creative work (i.e., people make a living creating).

Plagiarism is the absence of a citation of the author that you are reading for your research paper (i.e., taking credit for someone's work).

To avoid plagiarism, watch this Copyright on Campus Video (Copyright Clearance Center, 2020).

Internet Researching Process

- Look at the author's credentials for legitimacy of the source (usually under About Us). Can you verify information from other resources or a government site?

- What is the copyright date? (scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the date next to the © symbol)

- Is the depth and breadth of the information coverage adequate?

- How biased is the information?

Writing: Outlining and Prewriting

Outlining: Start by outlining your thoughts (Harvard's The Writing Center).

Prewriting: Easy-to-implement strategies (University of Kansas).

Prewriting and Outlining: Tips for finding your groove (University of Maryland)

Put It In Your Own Words

Citation Generators

Presentation Expectations

- Name of pathology
- Other names known as
- Etiologies
- Clinical signs and symptoms
- Description of Exam (Patient position, transducer, overview of protocol)
- Ultrasound Appearance
- Differential Diagnosis
- Explanation of items on presentation board
- Brief Q & A
- List of references used (4 per person: 4 on a team = 16 references in the paper's References section)

Source Summary, Synthesis and Analysis

Integrating Credible Sources in College Writing: Summary, synthesis, and analysis of sources, with easy-to-follow examples that compare and contrast these three styles of writing (BYU).

Current Textbooks

AP 1/101, 11/102, 111/103 - Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease Foundations for the Health Professional, 2 e.

ETH301 - The Art of Leadership, 5 e.

ALG101/301 - Beginning Algebra, 5 e.

PB301 - Critical Care Ultrasonography, 2 e.

VN 1-5 Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques, 9 e.

FMIS101/101L/102/103/104/105 - Digital Radiography and PACS, 3 e.

VN 1-5 Drug Calculations, 11 e.

CAR301 - Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease, 1 e.

PED ECHO  - Echocardiography in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease: From Fetus to Adult, 2 e.

CAR220 - Electrocardiography for Healthcare Professionals, 5 e.

MT101/301 - Essentials of Medical Language, 3 e.

BIO301 - Essentials of Biology, 5 e.

PSY301 - Essentials of Understanding Psychology, 13 e.

FMIS101/101L/102/103/104/105 - Ethical & Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals, 2 e.

CAR221/222 - Echocardiography (Feigenbaum), 8 e.

VN 1-5 Foundations and Adult Health Nursing, 8 e.

MSK301 - Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, 3 e.

MPHY101 - Handbook of MRI Scanning

VN 1-5 HESI Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN, 5 e.

VN 1-5 The Human Body in Health and Disease, 14 e.

CAR221/222 - The Human Heart, 2 e.

PED ECHO - Illustrated Field Guide to Congenital Heart Disease and Repair, 3e.

ACP301 - Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease, 1 e.

Intro. to Radiologic & Imaging Sciences & Patient Care, 7 e.

VN 1-5 Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 8 e.

VN 1-5 Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 13 e.

MPHY101 - MRI In Practice, 5 e.

FMIS101/101L/102/103/104/105 - MRI of the Whole Body: An Illustrated Guide for Common Pathologies

FMIS101/101L/102/103/104/105 - The Only EKG Book You’ll Ever Need, 9 e.

PATH301 - Pathology: The Big Picture

PHY301 - Physics of Everyday Phenomena, 9 e.

ART301 - Revel for Art History

VN 1-5 Saunder’s Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN, 7 e.

MXAN201 - Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals, 4 e.

MXAN201 - Sectional Anatomy for Img. Prof. Workbook, 4 e.

MSK301 - Sonography of Extremities Techniques and Protocol, 4e

PHY201 - Sonography Principles and Instruments, 10 e.
OBG/ABD211 - Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography, 8 e.

OBG/ABD211 - Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography Workbook, 8 e.
VAS201 - Vascular Reference Guide

VAS201 - Vascular Reference Guide Workbook
VAS202 - The Vascular System, 2 e.

VAS202 - The Vascular System Workbook, 2 e.

WCOM/OCM101 - Workplace Communications