|Spring 2003||Volume XVIII, No. 2|
In this issue:
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:
1.Go to CDC WONDER,
at http://wonder.cdc.gov/, select
Anonymous User > Get Info > Mortality.
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