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Tips for Finding the Best Health Information

Posted on 6/10/2013 by Kathleen Wheeless

Tips for Finding the Best Health Information

Forsyth County Public Library's new Health & Wellness webpage links you to up to date, reliable resources. Look for the NCLive icons and the "Online Resources" tab at the top of the page. These links will lead you to the most current magazine articles, ebooks, videos, and news on the health topics of interest to you.

From the “Online Resources” tab at the top of the page, click on the "Magazines, Newspapers & Journals" button. From the alphabetized list of databases, choose Magazines from Masterfile. This fantastic general-interest collection of magazines brings you thousands of articles from publications such as Prevention, Better Nutrition, Cooking Light, Health, even Consumer Reports. Do you need more scholarly articles? Choose the CINAHL full-text collection from EbscoHost.

The National Institute of Health and the National Library of Medicine have compiled the best online health information at MedlinePlus. The Health & Wellness page gives you several opportunities to link to MedlinePlus. You may search the window in the upper right corner of the page for any health-related concept. Your search will be completed in the MedlinePlus website. You could also click on any of the MedlinePlus icons to go directly to MedlinePlus. Are you interested in a condition listed on the lower right-hand side of the Health & Wellness page? Just click on it. You will be linked to the MedlinePlus information about that specific condition.

If you need more information than you find in magazines, the latest books are available free from your public library. Search the Catalog to see if the library owns the book you need. A link to the Library Catalog is found at the top of the Health & Wellness page. Need the book now, or can’t get to the Library? There are several collections of eBooks available from the NCLive link. Try eBooks from EbscoHost. The whole book pops right up on your computer screen, no need for special devices. You do need a valid library card though, so if you don't have one, register for free at any Library location.

Perhaps the best tip of all is to call the Central Library’s Information Services reference desk at 336-703-3020. Librarians will help you find exactly what you are looking for.


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