Dental Hygiene - Research Guides

Articles and Databases

Search databases to find articles in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, reference sources, and other publications. Access from off campus with your FSC username and password.

Academic Search Complete
Articles from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and magazines useful for many subjects. A great place to get started with research.

Medline with Full Text
Articles from peer-reviewed journals in dentistry, nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences.

Articles from peer-reviewed journals in scientific, technical, health, and medical research.

CINAHL Full Text 
Articles from peer-reviewed nursing and allied health journals.

Gale Health Reference Center Academic 
Articles from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and magazines in medicine, health, nursing and allied health and other health-related areas. Also find topical overviews from reference sources, and videos of medical procedures and live surgeries.

Proquest Health Management
Articles from peer-reviewed journals in health administration, including hospitals, insurance, law, statistics, business, management, personnel, ethics, and economics.

Data and statistics on a variety of topics, including Dental Hygiene.

Academic Video Online (AVON)
Educational films on a wide range of topics.


Search for Dental Hygiene textbooks by course number via this list of textbooks on reserve. Also search by title in the Library's catalog. Request textbooks at the Circulation Desk. Use these books for up to two hours in the Library. Call numbers are designated by course number, e.g. DEN 105.

Print Books
Search for books in the Library's catalog. Also find print materials via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc.

  • Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
  • Reference Books: Located on the First Floor. Must be used within the Library. Includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, test prep books, etc.

Search for ebooks via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc. View materials as a PDF and access from off campus with your FSC username and password.

Browse the shelves
Dental Hygiene materials are located in the RK section of Library of Congress call numbers. Browse circulating materials on the Library's Lower Level, or find reference materials on the First Floor.


RK58-59.3 Practice of dentistry; Dental economics
RK60.7-60.8 Preventive dentistry
RK280 Oral and dental anatomy and physiology
RK301-493 Oral and dental medicine; Pathology; Diseases
RK501-519 Operative dentistry; Restorative dentistry
RK520-528 Orthodontics
RK529-535 Oral surgery
RK641-667 Prosthetic dentistry; Prosthodontics

Note: Call numbers for reserve textbooks are designated by course number, e.g. DEN 105. Request these books at the Circulation Desk.

More Library Resources
Models of teeth are available to check out at the Circulation Desk. Use these materials for up to two hours in the Library.


Below are selected websites which feature authoritative Dental Hygiene and health related content.

Reliable and up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Includes directories, medical encyclopedia, medical dictionary, extensive content on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. Dental Hygiene related content includes mouth and teeth topics.

Merck Manual
One of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. Includes information on many medical topics and drugs. Updated on a regular basis by contributors who are experts in their fields.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Oral Health
Data and statistics, reports, full-text journal articles, information about community oral health programs, and other dental related topics.

New York State Department of Health: Oral Health
Oral health care information, New York State health reports, data and statistics
Citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books via the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Citations may include links to full-text articles.

Summaries of research studies and news articles in the fields of health and medicine. Content is contributed by leaders in health research around the world.

National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice (DHNet)
Links to online resources supporting dental hygiene education, practice, and research. Maintained by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California.
Health information from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Includes national data for a number of oral health topics.

Consumer oral health information from the American Dental Association.

Citing Sources

See below for basic guidelines and examples of APA citation style.
APA Style Quiz

Why Cite?

Why you need to cite sources:

  • Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
  • The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

In-Text Citations

In-text citations give credit to sources in the body of your paper. Use in-text citations when paraphrasing, directly quoting, or using ideas from sources.

  • APA citation style uses the author-date method for in-text citations: Author(s)’ last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text.
  • Names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the date should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.
  • Include page numbers if you are directly quoting the material. 

See APA How to Format Citations and Helpful Tips

Reference List

Citations in the Reference List must correspond to in-text citations; The word or phrase you use in your in-text citations must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in the Reference List.

See APA Sample Title Page and Reference List


    • Separate page labeled “References,” double-spaced, same margins as rest of paper.
    • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.

Author Names

    • Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
    • Authors' names are inverted (last name, first initial).
    • List all authors of a particular work for up to and including seven authors. If the work has more than seven authors, list the first six authors and then use ellipses (...) after the sixth author's name. After the ellipses, list the last author's name of the work.

Capitalization and Punctuation

    • Capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle and proper nouns (books, chapters, articles, web pages).
    • Italicize titles of longer works such as books and journals.
    • Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles or essays in edited collections.


Access NoodleTools

NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.

  • Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format.
  • NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
  • When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.

Citation Help

For more details and examples of APA citation style, visit the following websites:

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