Welcome to the DCTC Library's Veterinary Technician subject guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.
The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.
The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for the Veterinary Technician program, including some tutorials for these resources.
Let's get started!
Not everything you read online is true. Shocking, I know. Have you ever heard of the CRAAP test? A librarian developed this handy acronym to help you remember these things when evaluating information.
Currency: is this the most up-to-date information on my topic?
Relevance: does this information relate to my topic?
Authority: is the author qualified to write about this subject?
Accuracy: has this information been fact-checked?
Purpose: is this information objective, or is it biased?
Here are some useful guides to help you evaluate information you find on the web:
- CRAAP Detection: Criteria for Evaluating Information (Otis College of Art and Design)
- Evaluating Information (Johns Hopkins University)
- Evaluating Sources of Information (Purdue University)
- Evaluating Resources (UC Berkeley)
There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments. Your instructor will let you know whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or some other style. Here are some introductory guides to these styles from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:
- Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide
- Purdue OWL: Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition
- Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Our catalog and databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!
"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."
This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. See how easy that was?
Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.
The Center for Student Success offers tutoring to all DCTC students, including help with writing your paper and citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting room 2-101.
In the Library
We have lots of books about veterinary medicine in our collection. If you like to browse, most of these are shelved in the SF call number range. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.
Here are just a few of these books:
We have print issues of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) from the past five years, plus online coverage from 2000 to the present.
Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books on reserve must be used in the Library unless you have permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Click on this image to see which books we currently have on reserve for Veterinary Technician courses:
LearningExpress Library is an outstanding resource for academic and career development with hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks.
The Career Preparation center includes an ebook and two practice tests to help you prepare for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). You'll also find ebooks to help you with your job search, interviewing, networking, and workplace skills.
We have online access to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) from 2000 to the present.
There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.
Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles.
You can browse veterinary journals by title with BrowZine. You can easily place interlibrary loan (ILL) requests for any articles that aren't available in full text.
Please visit the Library or e-mail email@example.com if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.
Merck Veterinary Manual
Merck Veterinary Manual covers veterinary topics such as behavior, emergency medicine, and nutrition; information organized by companion animal; case studies; clinical calculators; video and images; and much more.
Here are just a few of the ebooks about veterinary medicine you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:
Writing Skills for Veterinarians
Ryane Englar, 2019
The New Vet's Handbook: Information and Advice for Veterinary Graduates
Clare Tapsfield-Wright, 2018
Animal Handling and Physical Restraint
C. B. Chastain, 2018
101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered
Katherine Dobbs, 2009
Veterinary Technician's Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Christopher L. Norkus, 2018
Client communication ebooks
Here are some ebooks about client communication from our EBSCO eBook Collection:
Connecting with Clients: Practical Communication for 10 Common Situations
Dana Durrance, 2009
More client communication ebooks
Here are more ebooks about client communication from our EBSCO eBook Collection:
More communication ebooks
Here are some more ebooks about veterinary communication from our EBSCO eBook Collection:
A Guide to Oral Communication in Veterinary Medicine
Ryane Englar, 2020
Writing Skills for Veterinarians
Ryane Englar, 2019