Medical Assisting: Find Books, Articles and Videos

Library and free web resources to support students in PCC's Medical Assisting program, and anybody researching health and medical topics.

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Medical dictionaries owned by PCC. Browse call number 610.3in the Reference & circulation stacks.  

Books and DVDs on medical assisting at PCC library and available through Summit.

Books and DVDs on diagnosis and treatment including e-books and items available through Summit.

Library Databases for Published Articles

HIPAA for Medical Assistants

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was the beginning step of an important reform of the American healthcare system and has led to a number of practice changes in all areas of health care. This short video provides an overview of HIPAA regulations for medical assistants and information to help healthcare workers comply with HIPAA reforms and requirements.
Culturally competent care adapts care interventions to the cultural needs and preferences (ethnic and religious beliefs, values, and practices) of diverse clients. This program provides practical and effective methods of recognizing and dealing with the special needs of different cultures.

Video: What are Library Databases and Why do you Need Them?

Scholarly? Professional? Popular?

When you have a research assignment, be sure to figure out what types of article sources are required or allowed. Some professors require you to use only scholarly peer-reviewed journals while others might let you use a variety of journals.

Scholarly article: Also known as peer-reviewed, academic, or refereed, these articles are written for researchers and experts and usually share the results of a research study. Scholarly articles are written by experts in the field and are reviewed by expert peers. In many databases, you can limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals to weed out any non-scholarly content. Scholarly article example

Professional/trade article: Written for people working in a specific field. Articles can be written by experts in the field or by staff writers. The articles are only reviewed by journal editors, so they go through a less rigorous review process. Trade article example

Popular journals: Written for a general audience rather than for professionals or scholars, and written by journalists. Examples include The New YorkerPeople, and Rolling Stone. Popular article example