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Virtual Research Guide:
Health & Medicine

Resources in this research guide include databases, digital reference books, and Internet sites covering the subjects of traditional medicine, alternative medicine, psychology, nutrition, drugs, fitness, and general health. The materials included in this guide would be generally classified in the 610s and 150s of the Dewey Decimal System.


Featured Databases
ConsumerReportsHealth.org: Contains research and recommendations about health care and healthy living from the well-respected Consumer's Union. Designed to help consumers identify reliable information on medical equipment, drugs, treatments, conditions, hospitals, health care plans, and exercise equipment. Includes tips for staying healthy and preventing illness.
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Health and Wellness Resource Center: A database containing articles from books, magazines, and newspapers pertaining to all aspects of health and medicine, including a module on alternative medicine and a variety of health assessment tools. Also includes links to Internet sites containing materials and sources relevant to health and medicine. These materials are intended for a general audience. The material in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
Digital Reference Collections
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) Topics: Medicine
Digital Reference Book Titles
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Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development. Covers every major body system. There is a distinct emphasis on health issues affecting children under the age of four.

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Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine: Includes information on more than 1,700 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone.

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests: Provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests and related topics, such as anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications and postoperative care. Entries for medical test and surgical include definition; purpose; demographic information; diagnosis/preparation; aftercare; risks; morbidity and mortality rates; alternatives; and more.

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Health Reference Center Academic: With more than 700 sources, this database provides access to the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac?s award-winning Health Reference Center ? including consumer health magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, newspaper articles, topical overviews, reference books and more.
Nursing and Allied Health Collection: Including more than 1000 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both nursing professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.
Suggested Internet Resources

About.com: Health
AMA DoctorFinder
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Center
Health A to Z
Internet Public Library Health & Medical Sciences
MayoClinic.com Tools for Healthier Lives

National Institute for Immunization Information
National Library of Medicine
PDR Health
Nutrition.gov Smart Nutrition Starts Here