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Health tip: Avoid information overload by using selected, reliable sources.

Here are two all-purpose health databases I often use at the reference desk. Both include information on alternative and complementary approaches as well as mainstream medicine:

Medline Plus is free to all on the Web. It’s created and maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It’s nicely designed and is written in English and Spanish; you can choose which language to display. Some features:

  • Fact sheets, articles, & brief encyclopedia entries
  • Drug info and health news
  • Links to content-rich sites from reputable organizations
  • Directories of healthcare providers
  • Clinical Trials link to see what studies are underway

Health & Wellness Resource Center (HWRC) is available to BML visitors and to cardholders from home at the BML website -> resources.

This database is created and maintained by the Gale/Cengage Learning Company, incorporating material from thousands of publishers. Some features:

  • Free full-text articles from health & medical journals (articles that are not available on the open Internet)
  • Reference overviews of medical topics
  • Drug info & health news

Think of this as a collection of health magazines, journals, and reference books stored electronically rather than in paper form on shelves.

As always, if you need help searching, call or e-mail the reference desk. Gesundheit!

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