HCOP - Health Career Opportunity Program: Web Sites

A federally funded program that provides opportunities for disadvantaged students with the goal of increasing diversity and cultural awareness in the health professions.
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Anatomy & Physiology

Actin Myosin Crossbridge 3D Animation San Diego State U.
Anatomy Atlases Curated by Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D.
AnatQuest National Library of Medicine
Visible Human Project
Basic Neural Processes Tutorials Hanover
Digital Anatomist Project Interactive Atlases Department of Biological Structure, U. of Washington, Seattle
Brain, thoracic organs and knee
The eSkeletons Project
Includes human, gorilla and baboon skeletons as well as glossary and self-test.
Histology Loyola U. of Medical Education Network (LUMEN)
Slides of human tissue with descriptive text
Human Embryology Animations Dr. Valerie O'Loughlin, Indiana U.
Includes pre- and post-tests for the embryology of several systems.
Hypermuscle: Muscles in Action U. of Michigan
Multimedia demos of muscle movements (adduction, extension, etc.)
Net AnatomySkull Anatomy Tutorial Gateway Community College, Arizona


Evaluating Websites

Lack of systematic quality control means critical evaluation of Web sites is crucial. When evaluating web resources, consider:

  • Authority: Is the author or site sponsor clearly identified? Can you find credentials and contact information?
  • Objectivity: Is the site's purpose clear? Is it directed toward a specific audience?
  • Coverage: Are the topics covered clear? In depth? Balanced? Are ideas and opinions backed up by evidence?
  • Accuracy: Are sources cited? Can you verify accuracy of facts and other information with other sources in the field?
  • Currency: Are the dates included in the website? Is the information current, or at least still relevant for the site's and your purpose?

Taken from: Ramage, Bean and Johnson. The Allyn and Becon Guide to Writing. 5th Ed. customized for Marquette University. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc., 2009: 602.

Internet Search Tips

Try these to get more specific or broader results

Wild Card

•  Use a * to include forms or variants of words in your search
•  Example: type test* to search for test, testing, tests

Adding a ~

•  Adding a tilde (~) to your search term will return related terms.
•  Example: ~nutrition will search also nutrition, food and health

Adding a -

•  Adding a negative (-) to your search term will take away that term in your search.
•  Example: Pets -cats will not find web sites that focus upon cats as pets.

Phrase Search

•  By inserting quotes around an exact phrase, you will search only the words you type in, in that exact order with no words in between term.
•  Example: "consumer product chemistry"

Boolean Operators

•  Using AND, OR, NOT can broaden or narrow a search depending on your inquiry. "AND" will give you results that contain both words. "OR" will give results about either word and "NOT" will not search the term preceding.
•  Example: Summer AND Flower, Summer OR Flower, Summer NOT flower

Google Tips & Tricks

  1. Use the Advanced feature of Google to be more specific in your search
  2. Type "intitle:" to search only page titles.. Try intitle:digital divide (no space!)
  3. Type "inurl:" to search only the web address of a page. Try inurl:raynor
  4. Type "related:" followed by the URL to find pages that Google thinks are related in content. Try related:www.marquette.edu/library
  5. Add "site:" followed by the URL to your search terms to specify a site to search within. Try site:usps.com international shipping
  6. Type "site:" to return results from a specific domain. Try site:.org library
  7. Access Google Directory at directory.google.com
  8. Type "intext" in Google News to pull terms from the body of the story
  9. Type "define:" to access the built-in dictionary
  10. No Calculator handy? Type 12*78 and hitting search will give you the answer
  11. The calculator also converts measurements and currency.  Try 200 pounds in euros
  12. Type weather and a location or zipcode to get a four day forecast.
  13. Include a zip code in your search to get local results. Try 53233 subs
  14. Type time and a name of place to find the time anywhere in the world
  15. Enter a statistics-based query like "population of Britain" and it will show you the answer on top of the results
  16. You can search foreign sites by clicking "language tools" on the right of the search box which allows you to choose what countries sites to translate your query to.