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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology: Research Guide

Use this guide to find information in books, library databases and websites


This Research Guide will help you find information in books, library databases, and websites


photograph of healthcare personnel with patient

Source: NIH Image Bank


Use the search box on the library website to look for books (and videos) available in the SCC (and SFCC) Libraries

Books that check out are on the 2nd floor of the library.

You'll find health and medical books in this Dewey Decimal area:

610 - 619

Books specifically related to cardiology are in this area:


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eBook Collection
collection of around 150,000 ebooks that can be viewed online or downloaded to a mobile device

Reference books are on the 1st floor of the library. These include medical dictionaries, drug books, encyclopedias and handbooks. Here are some examples:  

cover of Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Stedman's Medical Dictionary
(R 610.3 STEDMAN)

 cover of Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
(R 616.075 CURRENT)

 cover of Drug Facts and Comparisons

Drug Facts and Comparisons
(R 615.1 DRUG FA)

cover of Harrison's Internal Medicine

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

Library Databases

Library databases contain reliable information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. They can be found in the library databases section of the SCC Library homepage. Access from off-campus will require entering your student ID number.  Here are some that may be useful for researching topics related to invasive cardiovascular technology:

Britannica ImageQuest
collection of high quality, downloadable images with all rights-cleared for non-commercial and educational use

CINAHL Complete (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature)
articles in nursing and allied health journals

Cochrane Library
evidence-based health care information, including reports on the effectiveness of medical treatments and interventions

primarily a source of drug and disease information for healthcare professionals, also includes a database of easy-to-understand information for patients called CareNotes System

index to more than 5,500 magazines, journals and newspapers; includes medical and allied health journals


Working Environment
includes Internet resources in the field of cardiac & vascular technology, as well as a chat room and message board

Professional Societies

Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals
is a dynamic force in the field; it is very active in continuing education and for anyone working in the cath. lab

Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals
has been in existence for many years and serves the field through its efforts; it is for cardiovascular technologists working in the cath. lab

Cardiovascular Credentialing International
the body administering the registry exam for cardiovascular professions; it is responsible for evaluating the minimum entrance competencies for cath. lab personnel; the invasive credential is the RCIS (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist)

American Heart Association
has a wide range of activities from CPR to physician continuing education and heart disease research

American College of Cardiology
a physician organization rallying cardiologists to fight the nations number one killer, heart disease; the ACC organizes research and educational conferences in a multitude of area

Heart Rhythm Society
has physicians and technologists in its membership; the organization is involved with credentialing and education related to treatment of cardiac electrical disturbances

Medical Equipment

Boston Scientific
makes a wide variety of devices from balloons to open arteries to intravascular ultrasound to see through the walls of arteries from within

LifeBeat Online
an e-newsletter created to help people with cardiac devices live full, active lives; includes cardiac news, health tips, and more

started as a pacemaker company; it has moved into many other cardiology product arenas including endovascular stents

Medical Literature

PubMed / Medline
index to medical literature worldwide
Note: This is a huge database. It includes citations to journal articles from around the globe and in many different languages. You may want to limit to articles in English and those that are available "free full text."

Careers & Employment

If you're looking for career and jobs information check out the Allied Health Careers research guide.

Help with Research

You can get help with your research by chatting online with a librarian (available 24/7), by emailing it to us (available 24/7), or by calling the SCC Library Reference Desk at (509) 533-8821 during our normal business hours.

Citation Guides
How to cite sources, plus other writing assistance information.

Can't Find It at SCC?

When you use the search box on the SCC Library webpage you will retrieve materials that are available at both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.  Click the “Get it” link and sign in to your account in order to request books from the SFCC Library.  Click the Partner Libraries tab to see materials that are available from Gonzaga University, North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, and other institutions that are participants in the Washington Idaho Network library consortium.  You can also request books from those libraries.

If you find a reference to a book or journal article that does not seem to be available at SCC or at any of our partner libraries we can still get it for you.  You can request an interlibrary loan and we'll find the item for you wherever it's available.  Keep in mind that it could take ten days to two weeks for the item to arrive if it's in a library outside the Spokane area.