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The Information Services Department staff is available during Reference Desk hours (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. M-F) to assist walk-in patrons who have consumer health information questions. Call in consumer health questions, other than ready reference, are referred to Healthnet, the Library's consumer health program.



The MedlinePlus database http://www.medlineplus.gov published by the National Library of Medicine especially for health consumers, includes links to selected, authoritative consumer health websites that focus on diseases and disorders, their prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and wellness. The database also includes a medical dictionary, medical encyclopedia, links to health news resources, drug information, and a number of interactive tutorials and surgery videos. Under "Databases" on the Library homepage, select "MedlinePlus".


MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's computer index of medical journal articles,  available at no charge on the Internet, may be accessed from any of the workstations in the library.  If you are unfamiliar with searching MEDLINE, ask the reference librarian for assistance. Much of the information in MEDLINE is technical, although several consumer-oriented publications are indexed.


  Reference books that may be helpful in answering many different types of consumer health questions are shelved in the Reference section located near the Service Desk. Some of these books, such as "The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook" and "The American Medical Association Concise Medical Encyclopedia," were written specifically for health consumers. Many other books in the same subject area may also be useful, but may use technical language.


Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network has evaluated many consumer health web sites that may be helpful in answering specific types of questions. To get you started in exploring the Internet for answers to your health questions, take a look at Healthnet's recommended Internet resources.


The library subscribes to several newsletters written specifically for consumers. These newsletters have informative essays on specific diseases, medical conditions, health care issues, and other topics of interest to consumers. These newsletters may be found in the journal stacks on the main floor of the library.

Titles include: Harvard Health Letter; Mayo Clinic Health Letter; and Nutrition Action Health Letter. 



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