Reference Assistance | Consumer
Databases | Searching MEDLINE
| Reference Collection
|Internet Resources | Newsletters
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
the Library's consumer health program.
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.
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.
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.
Harvard Health Letter; Mayo Clinic Health Letter; and Nutrition
Action Health Letter.