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Respiratory Therapy- Prof. Sparaco AHS 112: Recomended Research Websites

Prof. Sparaco's Reccomended Research Websites

Nassau Community College Respiratory Care Program

AHS 112 SPRING 2016 Recommended Research Sites:


NCC Library:

NCC Library A-Z Databases:

NCC Library Link to CINAHL with Full Text:

NCC Library Link to Health Source, Nursing/Academic Edition:

NCC Library Link to Medline with Full Text:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

Infection Control Guidelines:

National Center for Biotechnology Information:

Literature Databases:


PubMed Central:


American Association for Respiratory Care:

New York Downstate Association for Respiratory Therapists Inc.:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD):

COPD Foundation:

Vent World:



Ask Jeeves:

Evaluating a Website

Traditionally, if you are writing a research paper, getting your information through the library's databases or print catalog is a good way to get non-biased, well researched and scholarly information.  These sources are usually peer reviewed and vetted by scholarly organizations and publishers for editing and accuracy and then by librarians for inclusion into NCC's collection.

Information that you get on the free web is different- anyone can create a website.  So when you are researching on the on the web, it's a good idea to know how to evaluate a website for accuracy. So what do you look for?

  • Author
    • Who is the author? Where do they work? Where did they go to school? Is the information match the field that they have education or experiences in?
  • Date of Publication
    • Is it current? Look for the publication date somewhere on the page, if it seems like an older work, look for the last time it was updated. Regular updates of information are important.
  • Publisher
    • Look to see who published it.
    • University Presses are usually scholarly sources, so are medical journal by board certified groups or associations (Like JAMA- Journal of the American Medical Association). 
  • Intended Audience
    • Who is this written for?
      • Finding the right level of detail in the article will depend on the assignment, your comfort level with the subject and who your  audience is.  For example if you are writing a paper for your professor to read, it will likely be different then if you were writing a paper for elementary school students.
  • Objective Reasoning
    • Is this fact or opinion? Has it been researched with citations from other respected sources?
  • Writing Style
    • Is it organized well? Grammatically correct?