How can I find medical dictionaries?




Medical dictionaries can be a bit tricky to find in the library's general search, RitzDiscovery. Searching the words medical dictionary or medical dictionaries will give you thousands of results that can be confusing -- any mention of the words medical or dictionary or dictionaries will bring back more than just the print or electronic books, it will bring back articles that discuss or review them or more.  Making things a bit more complex is that the library does not have the latest editions of medical dictionaries in print format -- they are available in electronic form. The content is still exactly the same, just available online. 

Here are a few steps to follow when searching to narrow your results: 

> On the Ritz Library homepage, type medical dictionary in the main search box and search on it -- a new tab will open with your search results

> To the left you'll see a column with a list of filters -- choose Resource Type first

> In the list that appears, choose Books and wait for the results list to reload

Scrutinize the list carefully, it make take a few moments to pick out a title that is a medical dictionary but you should be able to determine which choices are valid

If you're required to find the most recent med dictionaries, say within the past 5 years, then follow this step: 

> To the left again, choose Creation Date -- you'll see two years, change the older year to the left, to 5 years ago 

> Click Refine to the right and wait for the results list to reload again

If you have difficulty, contact the Reference Desk or make use of the chat tab to the right of the page. 

  • Last Updated Oct 13, 2023
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  • Answered By Tom Trinchera

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