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Vascular technology utilizes ultrasound, Doppler, color Doppler and various physiologic testing procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the vascular system.

For expanding definitions and placing your topic in context with other related subjects, example searches are provided for you to learn to combine various keywords and subject headings on example topics and assist you in finding relevant information in the resources suggested below. 

The time furnished for these suggested searches may be less if you do not perform your own search.

Electronic Resources and Print 

Credo Reference provides access to medical dictionaries such as Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, and Jablonski's Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations. 

5 minute exercise in Credo Reference
  • Into the search box, type "vascular system" with quotes for articles containing definitions and graphics. For more graphics perform this same search under the “Image Search” tab.
  • Begin again and click on the “Concept Map” to search for the topic “vascular system” and choose “Medicine” for the subject. With the cursor on “Vascular system” holding the left button of the mouse and move the map around so that you may read the various related terms. By hovering over a term, you will find more information and keywords to broaden or narrow your searches.  

5-10 minute exercise using the Oregon Tech Library Catalog

  •  Use the “Articles” or “Books” tab that are available above the “Libraries Catalog search box on the libraries homepage,” search by the subject, “vascular technology,” choose a relevant article or book. Click on the title to see the full description.
  • Build a research vocabulary and narrow a topic by scrolling down through several title descriptions on your topic to find “Descriptors” or “Related Subjects” containing Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®). Subject headings are specific terms selected to describe individual works.  
  • By searching for these found related vocabulary terms such as “Angiography; Blood vessels ultrasonic imaging; Blood vessels diseases; Vascular Diseases diagnosis; Tumor Burden; Vascular trauma brain,” etc. you will find relevant works to vascular technology and perhaps a research topic. Searching a library catalog by using LCSH is not the same as searching for keyword terms in Google.  LCSH are usually relevant to a topic. Keywords may not produce all relevant results. 

Smart Imagebase has thousands of medical illustrations, videos, interactive tools, and monographs of anatomy, physiology, embryology, surgery, trauma, pathology, diseases, conditions and other topics for download and may be used in papers and reports for educational purposes. 

Google Scholar provides indexing, abstracts, and occasional links to full text either to open access or the Oregon Tech Libraries’ paid licensed sources. 

5 minute exercise in Google Scholar

  • When the result of searching is an OIT paid subscription, click on “Find it @Oregon Tech” and use your email username and password to access the licensed resources. 
  • Searching in Google Scholar includes the use of keywords for the topic of interest. Keywords are those words found anywhere in a particular book or article and are a good substitute for a search when you do not know the authorized subject heading. Keyword searches often may retrieve too many or irrelevant results. A keyword search for “vascular therapy and tumors” retrieves over one million results. Add: and “tumor vessel development.” (over 200 results) Add: and “tumor burden.” (22 results)  Choose the date, “Since 2009.” By combining a narrower keyword and/or a MeSH heading and choosing a publication date range, newer and more relevant results to tumor burden are located. 

Browsing for “vascular or sonography” (see Diagnostic Medical Sonography Subject Guide) books on a library book shelf? 

See the subjects and suggested Library of Congress call number ranges below: 

  • Diagnostic testing RC 71
  • Diseases of the blood vessels (vascular technology)  R691-RC694
  • Cerebrovascular disease RC 388-394
  • Cardiovascular diseases RC666-701
  • Peripheral vascular diseases RC 694-RC 697
  • Radiotherapy RM 846

Looking for scholarly articles? 

Finding scholarly articles: sources and search methods

Scholarly articles are often peer reviewed. Here is a link to a video, "Peer review in 5 minutes." This peer reviewed concept map was created using Bubbl-us

Peer-reviewed concept map

10 minute exercise building a research vocabulary

Subject headings are specific terms selected to describe individual works. When searching for books, these subject headings are referred to as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Some sources use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®). When searching in electronic resources, these authorized and assigned subject headings may be found under a tab titled “Index, Thesaurus, CINAHL Headings,” etc. 

  • Start with the library search box on the top right side of this page, choose the “Articles” tab on the Libraries Catalog search box, enter keywords about your topic e.g., blood vessel diseases and build a research vocabulary by scrolling down through several title descriptions on your topic to find “Descriptors” such as Vascular Resistance, Blood vessels health aspects; Ultrasonography, Interventional, Blood flow velocity, etc. Click on a descriptor of interest to find related articles, search for more articles from the “Articles” tab combining the vocabularies found, or move to specific electronic resources suggested below. 

Electronic resource suggested searches:

CINAHL with Full Text – a comprehensive resource for peer- reviewed allied health literature and medical issues including searchable cited references. Using the “CINAHL Headings” tab will assist you in developing appropriate searches for your topic. 

5 minute exercise in CINHAL with Full Text

  • Open CINAHL with Full Text and find the “CINAHL headings” tab and search for “vascular” to retrieve CINAHL-specific, controlled subject headings: Catheter Irrigation, Vascular; Vascular Hemostatic disorders; Graft Occlusion, Vascular; Neoplasms, vascular tissue; Vascular neoplasms, etc. These headings or another one found in the hierarchical tree may be checked plus a “Major Concept” to retrieve relevant articles and results narrowed by using the left facets to refine the search, if needed. Learn definitions by clicking on the “Scope” note. 

MEDLINE – an online database of biomedical journal citations and abstracts covering all areas of medicine and indexed with National Library of Medicine (NLM)'s controlled vocabulary, the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®). Full text must be ordered from another library using the Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form

5-10 minute exercise in MEDLINE

  • A basic search for “Blood-nerve barrier” in the MeSH Browser using the link (MeSH®) retrieves many a related term: capillary permeability and previously used term: endothelium, vascular
  • Go to EBSCO Medline MeSH Tab by clicking on MEDLINE and MeSh Tab and copy and paste capillary permeability; click on “Browse;” Click on the phrase “capillary permeability.” Check the box under Subheading, “Physiology” and click “Search Database.” Add: “and microvascular” in the search box. See: left facets to narrow the search. Keyword searches at the Medline basic and advanced search boxes may be performed too. 

PubMed – a free resource that anyone may access is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.  Includes access to MEDLINE and to citations for selected articles in life science journals not included in MEDLINE. Not full-text but citations may include links to full-text articles from Pubmed Central (National Institutes of Health free digital archive), OIT Library subscription databases or open access publisher websites. Limit searches by clinical studies, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, medical genetics, practice guidelines, etc. 

Less than 5 minute exercise in PubMed

  • A PubMed search under PubMed Tools, Cinical Queries for “Blood-nerv” will bring up several search options. Scroll and click “Blood-nerve barrier” and “Search” to retrieve over six hundred results under Clinical Study Categories. Change the “Category” to Diagnosis and the “Scope” to Narrow. The scope may be narrow or broad with respect to the range of conditions. Pubmed automatically will run a search specifically designed for clinicians. 

Sage Journals Online – has more than 700 journals spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, and Medicine, and more than 298 are published on behalf of learned societies and institutions. Access Vascular Medicine and Angiology: The Journal of Vascular Diseases.   

5 minute exercise in Sage Journals Online

  • Type into the Sage Journals search box for “urine vascular biomarkers” retrieves hundreds of results. Refine the search by adding the keyword phrase “and endothelial” in the search box. To see the latest articles first, on the right choose: “Results order,” most recent. Go. 

Wiley InterScience – full-text journals and books are available.  

5 minute exercise in Wiley InterScience

  • Click on Advanced Search located below the Wiley search box.  Search for “magnetic resonance imaging” (change All Fields to Article Titles) and “stroke” (change All Fields to Abstract). By using the search parameters of “Article titles and Abstract,” scholarly articles, books, and a another database article from the editorial group of The Cochrane Library. Use the links to look at a certain format in the FILTER LIST. You may also Sort by: “Date.”

Looking for more online resources? 

From Oregon Institute of Technology Homepage 

  • See Electronic Resources by Subject for more sources or the Electronic Resources A –Z list. For more subject guides that may be of assistance, see Oregon Tech Library’s Find by Subject.
  •  If available through Oregon Tech Library subscriptions, locate specific electronic journal titles by entering the title of the journal in the search box at Find a Journal. Some titles that are available include: BMC Medical Imaging, Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, and Medical Image Analysis. It is important to include “Journal of” or “Journal for” if it is included in the journal title

Selected Websites (alphabetical listing)

Iris Godwin

Iris Godwin, Technical Services Librarian

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Last updated June 2013

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