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Medical Assistant: Research Guide

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

Medical Assistant Program at SCC

Career & Employment

Explore career and jobs information with the Allied Health Careers research guide created by SCC Librarians

Career information from the American Association of Medical Assistants

Certification Exam Review 
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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.


Information Sources for
Medical Assistants

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

Female medical assistant wearing scrubs. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 5 Jun 2017.

Finding Books

Use the SCC Library's Search Box to find books in the SCC & SFCC Libraries.


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The SCC Library's eBook Collection database contains around 150,000 books, including medical coding, HIPAA, and many medical texts.


Here's a sampling of some books available in the SCC Library:

Reference Books

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

Library Databases

Library databases contain reliable information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. They can be found in the Articles & Databases section of the SCC Library homepage.  Here are some databases that may be useful for researching topics related to the duties of a medical assistant:

Academic Search Complete
index to magazines, journals and newspapers; includes medical and allied health journals

Alexander Street
streaming videos, including topics for medical assistants on documentation, HIPAA, cultural awareness, professionalism, infection control, and measuring vital signs

CINAHL Complete articles in nursing and allied health journals

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

Health Reference Center Academic
articles, pamphlets and reference books

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 magazines, journals and newspapers; includes medical and allied health journals


Medical Literature

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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 your search to English language articles and those that are available "free full text."]


reliable, up-to-date patient-level information from the National Library of Medicine



Professional Societies

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American Association of Medical Assistants
The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.


MA Education Review Board

Medical Assisting Education Review Board
The Board makes recommendations for the status of accreditation of medical assisting programs. 


Washington State Society of Medical Assistants
It is the purpose of the Society is to promote the professional growth of medical assistants through continuing education in clinical and administrative skills and knowledge in keeping with current trends in the medical arena.