1st Edition

Health Care Resources on the Internet
A Guide for Librarians and Health Care Consumers

Edited By

M. Wood

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ISBN 9780789009111
Published November 9, 1999 by CRC Press
205 Pages

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Book Description

Make Internet medical research simpler and more productive!

The rapid proliferation of Web sites makes finding medical information easy. Knowing when the information is accurate and reliable can be much more difficult. Health Care Resources on the Internet: A Guide for Librarians and Health Care Consumers discusses how to locate, evaluate, and use health care information available in online form.

As expectations shift from finding information in books to locating it on the World Wide Web, Health Care Resources on the Internet provides you with the skills you need. Whether you?re a first-time Internet user unfamiliar with search engines or an old hand at Boolean logic, you will find helpful search tips and strategies. Moreover, this comprehensive book offers specific advice on assessing the reliability of the information you find.

Health Care Resources on the Internet simplifies your hunt for information by recommending trustworthy Web sites. It covers topics including:

  • consumer and professional megasites for health care information
  • using Medline
  • searching for information on specific diseases
  • finding open clinical trials
  • consumer health information
  • alternative medicine

    Illustrated with tables and figures, Health Care Resources on the Internet is an essential guidebook for health-conscious consumers, information professionals, and medical professionals.

Table of Contents


  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Use of the Internet at the Reference Desk
  • Chapter 2. Natural Language and Beyond: Tips for Search Services
  • Introduction
  • Categories of Search Facilities
  • Getting Started
  • Beyond Natural Language
  • Field Searching
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Chapter 3. Megasites for Health Care Information
  • Introduction
  • Consumer Health Sites
  • Information-Intensive Sites
  • Professional Sites
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. MEDLINE on the Internet
  • Introduction
  • MEDLINE on the Internet
  • Searching MEDLINE
  • Selected Web-Based MEDLINE Systems
  • How Do You Evaluate Your Results? (Evidence-Based Medicine)
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Searching the Internet for Diseases
  • Introduction
  • Starting Points
  • Web Resources
  • Evaluating Web Resources
  • Searching for Common Diseases
  • Searching for Less Common Diseases
  • Searching for Rare and Emerging Diseases
  • Searching for Open Clinical Trials
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Consumer Health Information on the Internet
  • Introduction
  • Searching the Internet
  • Internet Options
  • Internet Sites
  • Evaluating Internet Sites
  • Recommended Consumer Sites on the Internet
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Alternative Medicine on the Net
  • Kinds of Electronic Alternative Health Resources
  • Evaluation
  • Alternative Medicine Research Opportunities
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Government Resources on the Net
  • Introduction
  • Points of Access
  • Traditional Sources
  • Web Sources
  • Chapter 9. Health-Related Statistical Information on the Net
  • Introduction
  • Recommended Internet Addresses--Geographic Regions
  • Recommended Internet Addresses--Special Topics
  • Metasites
  • Bibliographic Databases
  • Search Engines
  • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Electronic Journals on the Internet
  • Searching the Net
  • Library-Based Filters
  • Physician-Developed Filters
  • Government Filters to Electronic Journals
  • Association-Developed Lists
  • Other Producers of Electronic Journal Lists
  • Challenges of Access to Electronic Journals for Consumers
  • Shifting Trends
  • Chapter 11. Searching International Medical Resources on the World Wide Web
  • The Barriers to International Research
  • Using the World Wide Web to Break Down the Barriers
  • International Medical Information Research Sites on the World Wide Web
  • Other Sites of Interest
  • Summary
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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