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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Radiologic Sciences

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: Radiography, medical; Diagnostic imaging; Magnetic resonance imaging; Diagnosis, ultrasonic

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select either Reserves by Course or Reserves by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on Diagnostic Medical Imaging include:

Radiography, medical RC78-RC78.5
Diagnostic imaging RC78.7.D53
Magnetic resonance imaging RC78.7N83
Diagnosis, ultrasonic RC78.7U4
Tomography RC78.7T6
Radiotherapy RM845 - RM862


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in Diagnostic Medical Imaging include:

Diagnostic Imaging : A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References. Editors: James N. Parker and Philip M. Parker. San Diego : ICON Health Publications, 2004.
RC78.7.D53 D53 2004 Rosenberg Reference

CT & MRI Pathology : A Pocket Atlas.
Michael L. Grey and Jagan M. Ailinani. New York : McGraw-Hill Professional, 2003.
RC78.7.N83 G747 2003 Rosenberg Reference

Diagnostic Ultrasound. 3rd ed.
Editors: Carol M. Rumack … et al. St. Louis : Elsevier Mosby, 2005.
RC78.7.U4 D514 2005 Rosenberg Reference

Ferri’s Best Test : A Practical Guide to Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging.
Fred F. Ferri. Philadelphia : Elsevier Mosby, 2004.
RB38.2. F47 2004 Rosenberg Reference

Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positions & Radiologic Procedures. 10th ed.
Philip W. Ballinger and Eugene D. Frank. St. Louis : Mosby, 2003.
RC78.4 .B35 2003 Rosenberg Reference


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF student ID card with a bar code to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You should receive an ID in the mail that has a bar code printed on it. This provides you immediate access to these databases. You do not have to register at a library. If you have not received a student ID, you may obtain one at Registration, Smith Hall, Room 118, Ocean Campus. More information about obtaining a library bar code.

Infotrac Web

Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for diagnostic imaging topics are the Health and Wellness Resource Center and the Health Reference Center Academic. You can find reference information and periodical articles from these databases. You can also limit your results to articles from scholarly journals only by checking the box “Refereed titles.” The Health and Wellness Resource Center also includes links to other internet sites such as National Institute of Health, Medline Plus, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, etc.

SFPL - Electronic Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library card number to access them.


Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for Diagnostic Medical Imaging. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

It is the site of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The site provides information on state licensing, ARRT registration requirements, education, examination, ethics, publication, and so forth.

American Association of Radiologic Technologists

This is the site of the American Association of Radiologic Technologists. It carries information about the association, upcoming conferences, careers, and publication.


The project created a “complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies through acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers.”

MedPix - Medical Image Database

The site provides the general public information about radiology and particularly on the following radiologic techniques: breast imaging, CT, interventional radiology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, X-rays, etc.


Evaluating Sources

When researching for information-especially Web resources-always follow these guidelines to help you find reliable and trustworthy information.


Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.

Evaluating and Citing Sources

A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.


Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."

Send comments or suggestions to:

Karen Y. Chan
Diagnostic Medical Imaging Subject Selector
(415) 452-5438

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Last updated February , 2005