This course is designed to provide the dental hygiene student with the knowledge to identify specific needs of patients and factors affecting their oral health. Students will practice accommodating the needs of special needs patients and perform the precautions and procedures that must be followed to ensure proper care. The students will understand the patient’s special needs and apply this understanding in the context of the concept of total health, recognizing the special opportunities for preventative care that arise in such circumstances.
Some Basics of Searching for Research:
1.) In any search bar start with the whole of your research topic. For example: If the topic of the paper is "Flossing Techniques in Pediatric Patients" and you only search "flossing," you will get articles and information that do not apply to the topic. Start with the whole topic and see what comes up.
2.) Refining the results:
2a.) TOO MUCH- If you are getting too many articles, try putting quotes around key search terms "Flossing Techniques" "Pediatric Patients." This will limit the search to articles where those terms appear beside each other in context.
2b.) NOT ENOUGH- Break down the topic into variations. "Pediatric Flossing," "Flossing Techniques for Kids," "Child Dental Health and Flossing"
3.) Don't stop at the required number of sources! Although the requirement says you need two additional resources, always find a few more than required. Just because you have them, doesn't mean you have to use them. It is better to have choices when writing a paper than trying to force a paper from limited options.
4.) READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE (Or at the very least 1st Paragraph, a Middle Paragraph, and the Last paragraph)!!! Your search engine may pull up an article that has your search terms in the article, but that does not always mean the article actually speaks to your topic. Be sure that the entirety of the source supports your topic, not just a single sentence.
Even if you are researching from home there are resources that can be accessed from the Online Library Catalog. There are several eBooks and eVideos on the topic options for your research paper. Click the link below, use the login information listed, search for your topic area. Pay attention to "format" information if you want only online material.
-For general knowledge of conditions or disorders the "Gale Health Reference Collection" is recommended for starting your research.
-For studies, journal articles, and published research on your topics go to "Consumer Health Complete" or "ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health."
-For some topics these databases will be of value: "Senior Health;" "Health Source Consumer;" "Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection"
-Remember to only use FULL-TEXT articles. Never use "Abstracts" as primary research. If you click on the "view all" option there are other databases.
The following databases also provide various articles that may be helpful in your research process. Remember to consider only FULL-TEXT articles available, the date the article was published, and whether it is research- opinion- or promotion based information before using.