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Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting: Getting Started

This research guide will help you to do research in dental hygiene or dental assisting, for classroom assignments, research papers, or to explore a career in dental hygiene or dental assisting..

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Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research. You can get background information to learn more about your topic so you can search smarter, not harder.

Books / eBooks

Books and eBooks will take you on a deep dive into a broader topic. You can get background, history, context, and multiple perspectives. You can search for books and eBooks in the library's catalog.


Articles are a good if you need very specific or very recent information on a topic. You can search for articles in the databases that the library subscribes to.

Web Searching

Web searching can be a good place to start learning about a topic, but often it can take a lot of work to identify if a website is a good source or not.

Careers in Dental Professions

Exploring a career in dental hygiene and dental assisting? Take a look at this page to find career-oriented resources for dental hygiene and dental assisting.



Citations are how you indicate to your readers what in your paper is your ideas and what are the ideas of others. Plus they're a required part of writing a research paper.


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