This guide is designed to help you research information about Diabetes. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Helpful Search Terms:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes

New Books

Diabetes and Wellbeing: Managing the Psychological and Emotional Challeneges of Diabetes Types I and II
Nash, Jen. Diabetes and Wellbeing: Managing the psychological and emotional challenges of diabetes types I and II. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Web.

Circulating Books

Graber, Alan. A life of control : Stories of Living with Diabetes. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010. Print.
RC660.4 .G73 2010

Hirsch, James S. Cheating Destiny: Living With Diabetes, America's Biggest Epidemic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006. Print.
RC660.4.H57 2006

Reference Books

Sadler, Michelle, ed. Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. San Diego: Academic Press, 1999. Print.
Call Number: REF QP141.E526 1999
Wagman, Richard J., ed. New Complete Medical and Health Encyclopedia. Chicago: J.G. Ferguson Pub. Co., 1990. Print.
Call Number: REF RC81.N515 1994

Black's Medical Dictionary. London: A. & C. Black, 2004. Print.
Call Number: REF R121.B598 2004
Magalini, Sergio I. & Sabina C. Magalini, eds. Dictionary of Medical Syndromes. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1997. Print.
Call Number: REF RC69.M33 1997
Mosby's Medical Dictionary. 8th ed. St. Louis: Mosby/Elsevier, 2009. Print.
Call Number: REF R121.M89 2009
Nurse's Quick Check Diseases.Spring House: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005. Print.
Call Number: REF RT65.N78 2005
Melnick, Daniel and Beatrice Rouse, eds. Portrait of Health in the United States. Lanham: Bernan, 2001. Print.
Call Number: REF RA407.3 P677 2001

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Nurses' Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management
Mertig, Rita G. Nurses' Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self Management. New York: Springer Pub., 2012. Web.

Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice
Dunning, Trisha. Care of People with Diabetes: A manual of nursing practice. 3rd ed. Ames: Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2009. Web.

Obesity and Diabetes
Barnett, Anthony H. and Kumar, Sudhesh, eds. Obesity and Diabetes. 2nd ed. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Web.

Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus
Scobie, Ian N. Fast Facts: Diabetes mellitus. 4th ed. Oxford: Health Press, 2012. Web.

Vital Diabetes Management
Gadsby, Roger and Pam Gadsby. Vital Diabetes Management. London: Class Publishing, 2009. Web.

Type 1 Diabetes: Answers at Your Fingertips
Fox, Charles. Type 1 Diabetes: Answers at your fingertips. 6th ed. London: Class Publishing, 2008. Web.

Type 2 Diabetes: Answers at Your Fingertips
Fox, Charles. Type 2 Diabetes: Answers at your fingertips. 6th ed. London: Class Publishing, 2007. Web.

Every Woman's Guide to Diabetes
Eisenstat, Stephanie A. Every Woman's Guide to Diabetes: What you need to know to lower your risk and beat the odds. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about Diabetes
  • American Journal of Nursing
  • Journal of Gerontological Nursing
  • MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Nursing
  • RN Journal


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Biomedical Reference Collection
Provides access to 100 full text journals covering such disciplines as clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences. Includes over 5,000 articles mentioning diabetes.

CINAHL Plus® with Full Text
CINAHL Plus® with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text articles for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index – with no embargo. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature. A search for "diabetes" returns over 70,000 results.

Health Reference Center
Contains articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. Includes over 77,000 articles mentioning diabetes.

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Includes over 335,000 articles mentioning diabetes.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Diabetes: A Comprehensive Update (50 minutes)
Once a feared and fatal disease, diabetes is today a serious but largely manageable condition—if quality care is available. This program presents key knowledge and strategies that will help nurses administer diabetes medications effectively and support their patients in managing their condition. Viewers learn to distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, identify its signs and symptoms, understand how it is diagnosed, gain skills needed for glucose monitoring, create blood glucose-level goals, advise in diet and nutrition choices, and assist in implementing stress-reduction measures. Helpful discussions of prevention, medication, medical complications, and sick-day management are also included. Designated for 3 contact hours of continuing nursing education. A viewable/printable facilitator's guide is available online.

Managing Diabetes (28 minutes)
A disease that frequently goes unnoticed for years, diabetes can lead to blindness, loss of limbs, even death. The good news, as this program clearly demonstrates, is that diabetes is neither inevitable nor unmanageable. Illustrating ways for patients to take a proactive approach to their health, the video details changes in diet, exercise, and attitude that can stop the progression of the disease and in some cases prevent its occurrence in the first place. Personal testimony from patients and expert commentary from physicians are included. The result is an empowering guide to managing and minimizing a formerly debilitating illness.

Diagnosing and Treating Diabetes (22 minutes)
This program, divided into four sections, explores the presentation, diagnostic testing, treatment, and biochemistry of diabetes mellitus. Topics examined include the etiology of both insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes; the possible long-term effects of poorly regulated blood glucose levels; urine testing to determine glucose, protein, and ketone levels; blood testing for glycated hemoglobin using the A1c test; the importance of diet and weight control; self-monitoring of blood glucose levels and self-administration of insulin; the mechanics of glucose transport; and the role of insulin in exocytosis and endocytosis.

Diabetes: Sweet Poison in the Blood (26 minutes)
The global statistics are alarming: diabetes kills one person every 10 seconds, and a limb amputation is carried out as a result of the disease every 30 seconds. What can 21st-century medicine achieve in the face of such ominous data? This film examines the escalation of diabetes cases around the world and looks at examples of concrete progress against the illness. Viewers learn about the basic science behind diabetes; the factors of obesity and poor physical fitness; the roles played by infection and the immune system; the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes; and the use of stem cell research and islet cell transplants in treating and—perhaps one day—curing the disease. Not available in French-speaking Canada.

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about abortion. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 1/4/2011 by Ry Burgess; updated 6/6/2013 by Mallory Wilson; updated 4/2/2014 by Katie Bliss.