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This guide identifies resources to help you find reliable information related to surgical technology and provides tips to develop your research skills..

Surgical Technology

TCC Library Resources for Surgical Technology

Successful search phrases might include:

  • diagnostic tools AND (surgery OR surgical procedure)
  • operating room AND current events
  • operating room AND hazards
  • operating room AND safety
  • pathology AND [type a specific surgical procedure]
  • protective mechanisms AND pathogenic organisms
  • surgical technologist AND code of ethics
  • surgical technology AND roles
  • surgical technology AND responsibilities

You can go to the RD section in the library and browse titles by these call numbers.

RD Surgery

  • RD1-31.7  General works
  • RD32-33.9  Operative surgery.  Technique of surgical operations
  • RD49-52  Surgical therapeutics.  Preoperative and postoperative care
  • RD57  Surgical pathology
  • RD58  Reparative processes after operations (Physiological)
  • RD59  Surgical shock.  Traumatic shock
  • RD63-76  Operating rooms and theaters.  Instruments, apparatus, and appliances
  • RD78.3-87.3  Anesthesiology
  • RD91-91.5  Asepsis and antisepsis.  Sterilization (Operative)
  • RD92-97.8  Emergency surgery.  Wounds and injuries
  • RD98-98.4  Surgical complications
  • RD99-99.35  Surgical nursing
  • RD101-104  Fractures (General)
  • RD118-120.5  Plastic surgery.  Reparative surgery
  • RD120.6-129.8  Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
  • RD130  Prosthesis.  Artificial organs
  • RD137-145  Surgery in childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, old age
  • RD151-498  Military and naval surgery
  • RD520-599.5  Surgery by region, system, or organ
  • RD651-678  Neoplasms.  Tumors.  Oncology
  • RD680-688  Diseases of the locomotor system (Surgical treatment)
  • RD701-811  Orthopedic surgery

About Professional Journals

It may be helpful to read current news about surgical technology to find ideas for topics that would be interesting to research.  Use the links on this page to browse and search for articles in these journals on the publishers' websites.   If the full-text is not available for free on the publisher site or the article is outside of the journal's availability, then students, faculty, and staff may request a copy using our interlibrary loan service.

Films on Demand logo

Films on Demand is an exciting new resource purchased by STLCC libraries, presenting films in many subject areas.  Films can be viewed in their entirety or section by section, making them ideal for presentations. These resources are accessible from any campus computer or by logging into the database from off campus.

Once logged into the database, you can select Health and Medicine from the View by Subject list to see all videos in that category, or you can try a keyword search such as "anatomy" or whatever else your topic may be.  

Here are all of the Health and Medicine Videos from Films on Demand.

Youtube logo

You may also be able to find useful videos about a career on free Internet sites such as YouTube. Try a phrase such as operating room procedures or surgical instruments preparationNOTE: YouTube is a classic example of one of the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet, which is the fact that anyone can post videos. As such, the quality and scholarly acceptability of videos vary greatly. There may be useful video clips on YouTube, however, so it is worth a look. Before referencing any material from YouTube (or other video sites on the Internet) in a paper or using a clip in a presentation, though, it is highly advisable to check with your instructor concerning the acceptability of the video for the assignment.

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Types of Information

Note: Information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have specific questions about a personal medical problem, you should contact your professional healthcare provider.

There are several types of information available to surgical technology students through the TCC libraries, both in print form and electronically. 

Articles Articles from journals and magazines are the primary source for recent research in the field. Most cutting-edge research in the health sciences will appear in articles first. TCC databases can help connect you to these articles.
Books A book or eBook can provide detailed background information. Books are a place to check for information that is generally accepted in the field.
Reference Books This covers encyclopedias, atlases, and other resources that are referred to for specific information. Go to these for definitions and shorter explanations.
Web Sites The internet can provide a wealth of information, especially from government sources and professional organizations.

 

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