Welcome to the PCI Library Resource Page

The John Knepp Memorial Library at PCI is located on the second floor and is open during normal school hours. Below is a list of resources which students may access free of charge, from any computer or mobile device.

Students may contact their program director or library assistant for research assistance and help obtaining a Connect card.


Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN)

The LIRN Network is a powerful online research tool available only to PCI students and staff. The LIRN Network contains dozens of research databases and an extensive e-book collection where users can access millions of current journal articles and thousands of e-books for both general education and core curriculum. You may connect to the LIRN Network here:  Please see the library assistant or your program director to obtain your password.

PA Power Library

The PA Power Library E-Resources website provides free access to more than 20 research databases relevant to student coursework at PCI. Free assistance is available through live chat on the website. Note: Users must have a connect card to access the PA Power Library. For help obtaining your connect card, please see the library assistant or your program director.

Click HERE to access this page, then click on “E-Resources” at the top of the page.

Web Resources for Medical Research

APA Format from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

Comprehensive and up-to-date APA formatting and style guide with examples, sample papers, and information on formatting and citation guidelines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources about diseases, conditions and other special topics, with health immunizations and recommendations for travelers worldwide.


Contains all current American ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and ICD-10-PCS (procedure) medical billing codes. Also has ICD 9 conversion, coding rules, indexes, and a free link to all of the 2017 HCPCS codes.

Indiana University Virtual Anatomy Lab

Virtual models covering all major anatomical systems.

The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice

The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice is an internationally peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly, online journal dedicated to the global exploration of allied health professional practice, research, and education.

Lab Tests Online

Understand lab tests that are part of routine care, as well as diagnosis and treatment. Search by test, condition, or recommended screenings.

Mayo Clinic

Articles by Mayo Clinic Staff on a variety of health conditions, diseases, and treatments.

Medline Plus

Common diseases and conditions, health promotion and wellness, drugs info, medical dictionaries and more.

Merck Manual: Professional Version

Explains disorders, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed, and how they can be prevented or treated.

Merck Veterinary Manual

A premier online research tool for Veterinary Medicine. Users can access detailed information on veterinary tests, A&P, pharmacology, behavior, emergency medicine, as well as the latest news and trends, videos, quizzes, case studies, glossary, clinical calculator, and much more.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary and alternative healing practices such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. Offers resources and pamphlets.


From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, PubMed provides abstracts and citations for over 26 million medical journal articles. Click on the “Free Full Text” tab to access free articles.


From the website: “Radiopaedia’s mission is to create the best radiology reference the world has ever seen and to make it available for free, forever, for all.” With nearly 32,000 cases and 12,500 articles, as well as free courses and quizzes, Radiopaedia is an essential tool for anyone in the study or profession of radiographic imaging.


Similar to an online PDR, includes A-Z drug information, as well as a pill identifier, information on supplements, research on disease, and a pharmacy medical dictionary.


Complete the Free registration to access ultrasound journal articles, video lectures, case studies, and total access of the Online Textbook of Ultrasonography.

Ultrasound Cases

A very extensive and continually updated site dedicated to the study and easy access to hundreds of ultrasound cases. There are hundreds of cases and thousands of images detailing all of the regions of the body, utilizing the user friendly navigation tools.


A “Virtual University covering all minimally invasive surgery specialties,” WebSurg has over 4,500 surgical videos covering 108 operating techniques, with topics and techniques are covered by experts in the field, and it is considered one of the top websites in the world for minimally invasive surgical techniques. This resource is completely free, but users must create a free account.

Professional Organizations

American Association of Medical Assistants

Professional organization for medical assistants, with information about the CMA exam.

American Association of Veterinary State Boards

Information about registering and taking State Boards including the VTNE Exam (Veterinary Technician National Exam).

American Health Information Management Association

Professional association for medical coding and billing, with information about certification exams and other requirements.

American Veterinary Medical Association

National organization for all employees of veterinary medicine. Includes information on membership, free newsletters, hot topics, professional development, meetings and more.

ARDMS: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The ARDMS is a non-profit organization that serves as a one stop shop for Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification. Students and professionals have access to information and resources on the specialized Ultrasound certification exams and can register online to schedule an exam. There are also numerous links to assist with job searching.

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

A leading organization for Veterinary Technicians. Information on membership, continuing education, workshops, webinars, scholarships, and current career opportunities.

National Board for Respiratory Care

Professional organization for respiratory therapists, with information about certification exams and other requirements.

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

Professional organization for surgical technologists, with information about certification exams.

SDMS: Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

The SDMS ​is a network of over 28,000 sonographers practicing in all specialty areas, sonography students, educators, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers who practice or have an interest in diagnostic medical sonography. Membership to the SDMS provides access to CME credit opportunities, career resources, resources for students and instructors, full text access to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and much more.