Spring 2003 Volume XVIII, No. 2

In this issue:

The Director's Report

PDA Users Group

Dental Resource Guide from Healthnet

Health Data Retrieval Tools:
CDC Wonder

Wireless Classroom in the Library Coming Soon!!

Pubmed - "New/Noteworthy"

NetLibrary : A Collection of

Web Watcher - Global Events and Public Health Sources

New Books in the Library

New AV's in the Library

Make a Lasting Gift

Courtesy Notice for
Overdue Books

Kudos to a Library Staff!!

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Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS
Information & Education Services
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Health Data Retrieval Tools: CDC WONDER

by Hongjie Wang, MLS
Head, Information and Education Services Dept.


Health data are getting increasingly important as more and more raw data are being published electronically. Effective data retrieval is, therefore, a prerequisite for effective use of health data. An awareness of those data-retrieval tools and knowledge of how to use them would help us during the information seeking process. This article is the first part of a series that introduces and explains the function and features of several Web-based applications that focus on health data. Our first tool to be discussed in this series is CDC WONDER.

CDC WONDER provides a single point of access to a variety of CDC reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data. This free application provides query access to about 40 text-based and numeric databases. Users can request data for any disease and demographic group by submitting ad hoc queries against available datasets. CDC WONDER also provides free-text search facilities and document retrieval from several bibliographic databases. Here is an example of how to use it:

How many under one-year-old babies died of homicide in the U.S. in 1999?

1.Go to CDC WONDER, at http://wonder.cdc.gov/, select Anonymous User > Get Info > Mortality.

2. Select Mortality for 1999 - 1999 with ICD 10 codes.

3. In Select Area, Population and Year, select the following:





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