DA145- Preventive Dentistry

Researching the topic of fluoride safety

There are several databases the COCC library subscribes to that will provide you both background information as well as a more extensive discussion on the topic of fluoride safety.  The list of suggested databases and screenshots below are a guide to how you may start your research.

A nice database to use, especially for background information, is Credo.  Here’s how to access it:

  • from the library homepage, http://www.cocc.edu/Library/, click on the icon  Encyclopedias & More.
  • Click on Credo Reference.  This is one of my favorite sources, an award winning database providing access to the full text of hundreds of highly regarded titles!  And it is easy to use and search!
  • try a search as shown in the screen shot below (note: look for indications of article length since Credo often includes short, dictionary-type of articles):



Ebsco: Health Source Nursing and CINAHL
Our library subscribes to a number of databases available from big vendors such as Ebsco. Health related Ebsco databases that may be particularly helpful in your research are: Health Source Nursing and CINAHL.

Here’s how to access them:

  • from the library homepage, http://www.cocc.edu/Library/, click on the icon “Resources by Subject
  • click on the link for “Health Sciences”
  • Locate and click on  Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition or CINAHL.
  • Once in the database, you may use the link “Choose Databases” above the search boxes to also select additional health related databases to search.
  • Now try a search for: water fluoridation as show below in the screen shot:


In your list of results, for some items as in the example above, you’ll see the indication HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text. This means that you may read the whole article on your screen by clicking on the HTML or PDF link.

There might also be other ways that you may be able to access articles full-text.  If you see the indication “Check for full text”, this link may connect you to another database where the article may appear full text or may give you the option to request the article via Interlibrary Loan .   See screenshot below:


Next, click on the title of a specific article result.  This will allow you to view its summary, as well as print, email, or even save it – see highlighted area in the screen shot below.  Just click on the icons!

Another nifty feature is that Ebsco provides you complete guidance on how to cite each of these articles in your bibliography.  Just click on the ‘Cite’ icon to get the article’s full citation in a variety of formats (APA, MLA, etc)!.


Need more help with your research?  
Contact Tina at thovekamp@cocc.edu
ask for help using the “Ask a Librarian” link at


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