Assistant-Certified program at North Seattle Community College is a
one quarter (11 week) program that provides graduates with the
opportunity for immediate employment in long-term care and/or home
health agencies as well as hospitals.
Maria Paz, Librarian
Consider the Source: Evaluating
Searching the Internet
Internet Links: Associations, Health/Medical
& Practice Exams
Library Resources: Searching for Books &
the Library @ NSCC
The Internet: Just
because it's on the Internet, doesn't make it true
Anyone can put up a Web page about
Many pages not kept up-to-date.
No quality control
most sites not “peer-reviewed”
less trustworthy than scholarly publications
search engines do not evaluate content of the webpage, just because
it comes up on Google or Yahoo doesn't make it a good resource
the Source: Evaluating Websites
Can you tell who wrote it?
URL (Uniform Resource
Locator), or, the Internet Address (like a phone
number, be accurate or you get the wrong webpage).
Parts of the URL
www - The World Wide Web
lib.berkeley - Name of
the server (big computer) or host name you are
accessing. Sounds like it's owned by the Library of the
University of California at Berkeley.
.edu - Domain name
designating that an educational institution owns the
- The "path" of subfiles in this server.
Google.html - the actual
document or file or document you are looking at.
Credentials for the subject matter?
Is it recent or current enough?
Look for “last updated” date - usually at bottom.
Check the copyright date,
especially for online books.
How old are their references?
What is their purpose?
What is it's domain?
Informational Web Page is one whose purpose is to present factual information. The URL
Address frequently ends in .edu (educational institution) or .gov
(state, federal or city government agencies).
Business/Marketing Web Page is one sponsored by a commercial enterprise (usually it is
a page trying to promote or sell products). Just because a site sells things doesn't
automatically discount their information but it is a point to consider. Check the links to
other web sites they provide. This can give you an indication of how they value the
information aspect of their web site. The URL address of the page frequently ends in
Advocacy Web Page is one sponsored by an .org (organization) or
.net (network) attempting to influence public
opinion (that is, one trying to sell ideas). The URL address of the page frequently ends
in .org (organization) such as the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action
League, the National Right to Life Committee, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party.
News Web Page is one whose primary purpose is to provide extremely current
information. The URL address of the page usually ends in .com (commercial) such as USA
Today, MSNBC, CNN
Personal Web Page is one published by an individual who may or may not be affiliated
with a larger institution. Although the URL address of the page may have a variety of
endings (e.g. .com, .edu, .net, etc.).
Can the factual claims be verified
Does the site look good, like someone cares?
information free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors? (These kinds of
errors not only indicate a lack of quality control, but can actually produce inaccuracies
the charts and/or graphs clearly
labeled and easy to read?
If no links or other clues...truncate back the URL to the domain
Search engines - programs used to surf (search) the Internet/Web
Recommended Search Engines (UC Berkeley Library)
If you ever wondered which search engine is best or what's the
difference between them, here is a very helpful site comparing the
features of the search engines they recommend and their common
RELEVANCY RANKING of search results
The order of the websites listed is most commonly determined
How often your
terms occur in documents, whether they occur together as a
phrase, and whether they are in title or how near the top of
popularity factor by
how many other sites link to each page (a kind of popularity
vote based on the assumption that other pages would create a
link to the "best" pages).
If you get too much,
not enough, or the list isn't relevant to what you need?
Try these search tips.
Phrase search results
enclosing words in double quotes
Example: washington state vs.
Reject a term or phrase
use the -minus sign in front of the word, no space
Example: Paris Hilton vs. Paris -Hilton
use the +plus sign in front of the word, no space
Example: child care vs. +childcare
Truncation or wildcard
use *asterix sign at the end of a word to get all
variations of how the word ends
Example: nurses vs. nurs*
searching (most commonly used)
allows the searcher to
limit where a specific search term must appear, rather
than searching for the words anywhere on a Web page.
intitle: must show up in the title of the webpage
Example: h1n1 vs. h1n1 intitle:shots
inurl: word(s) must show up somewhere in the URL
(host name, path, or filename)
Example: diseases vs. diseases inurl:symptoms
site: when looking for sites with a
specific domain name
Example: drugs site:gov vs. drugs
site:com vs. drugs site:edu
Searching (or as I call, searching through the back door)
do an image search on Google or Yahoo to find a relevant
Try an image search for cell structure, organelle,
Health/Medical Reference Links
Compiled by M. Paz.
The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP)
Largest nurse aide certification
examination program in the United States. Links to practice exams for
several states including Washington.
Aid Practice Written Exam Packet
13 pages in PDF.
Aide Written (Or Oral) Examination & Skills Evaluation Candidate
45 pages in PDF.
American Health Care Association
Direct Care Alliance
non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations,
together representing more than 10,000 non-profit and for-profit
assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and
subacute care providers AHCA represents the long term care
community to the nation at large – to government, business
leaders, and the general public. It also serves as a force for
change within the long term care field, providing information,
education, and administrative tools that enhance quality at
A nationwide and state-based alliance of direct-care
workers, employers, and people of all ages and disabilities
who use long term services, care and supports. They advocate
for better training, working conditions and pay for the
direct care workforce.
NAHCA - National Association
of Health Care Assistants <http://www.nahcacares.org>
National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce
A non-profit association of CNAs and Health care assistants
providing experience-based, peer-driven solutions to long term
A national on-line library for people in search of solutions
to the direct-care staffing crisis in long-term care. The
National Clearinghouse collects, analyzes, and disseminates
information concerning the health care paraprofessional
workforce. The site includes information on state
initiatives to improve staffing in long term care.
National Network of
Career Nursing Assistants <http://www.cna-network.org>
Career Nurse Assistants’ Programs, Inc is also known as the
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, a
non-profit, tax exempt,
educational organization promoting recognition, education,
research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing
assistants in nursing homes and other long term care
settings. This site contains useful information for
CNAs, including information on career development,
workshops, how CNAs can submit ideas and experience for
publication, and a listing of what CNAs say they need to
provide quality care. Check this site for information on
National Nursing Assistants' Week.
Assistants Resources on the Web <http://www.nursingassistants.net>
This website is a BLOG for CNA's
to share the latest news and articles.
Assistant Central <http://nursingassistantcentral.homestead.com>
Includes frequently asked
questions, tips on taking the exam, sample exam questions,
informational and encouraging articles, poetry and prose,
message board, internet links.
(Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)
Non-profit organization advocate
for the long-term care direct-care workforce, which includes
nearly 3 million home health aides, certified nurse aides, and
personal care attendants.
Washington State, Dept. of Health
Washington, State Dept.
of Social & Health Services <http://www.dshs.wa.gov/index.html>
Search for Books, E-Books, AV
Catalog is accessed through the NSCC Library home page <http://library.northseattle.edu/> under
Books & Videos.
The catalog lists books, videos, films, etc. available within the Seattle Community
College District Libraries North, South and Central campuses. The
Circulating Books are located on the second level of the library and may be checked
out using your NSCC Student ID with a current registration sticker. The Reference Books
are located on the first level of the library and are for Library Use Only.
List of Select Medical
Reference Books for a list of
reference books in the NSCC Library. The Reference
Collection is located on the first level of the Library.
Search your campus library's eContent collection. eBooks are digital
full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly
monographs, literature and fiction, and 3,400 publicly-accessible
titles. You can access eContent 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Articles to Magazines, Journals & Newspapers