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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Library resources to help better understand your health

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Did you know the library has many great resources to help you find find reliable, accurate health information? Librarians aren't doctors, and therefore can't give medical advice, but can help point you towards resources with information on medical conditions, drug therapies, or lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. 

In addition to our print resources, this month we're highlighting two health-related databases: Consumer Health Complete and Health Reference Center Academic

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Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete is an online database that offers information on many health-related topics from mainstream medicine to many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It provides access to reputable resources meant for patients and their families. 

Consumer Health Complete organizes results by the type of resource, so it is easy to find the information you're looking for, whether it's a journal, magazine, reference book, encyclopedia, pamphlet, image, or video. 

Searching in Consumer Health Complete is simple – use a general keyword search, or explore the "Quick Find" option to look up a specific disease, condition, injury or procedure. It's also easy to save or share what you find from right within the database. 

Find out more about this database in this short introduction video, or this one-page user guide

Consumer Health Complete can be accessed through the Washington County Library website using your library card and PIN.

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Health Reference Center Academic

Health Reference Center Academic is an online, full-text database that covers a wide range of nursing and other health topics including fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs and more. 

This database is more technical in scope in comparison to consumer health resources. It's meant to provide researchers, health professionals, nurses, and medical educators with access to full-text scholarly journals. The database includes over 6,000 journals and magazines, many with full-text articles and many that are peer-reviewed. This makes it an excellent resource for nursing and medical students as well. 

If you're doing research, the database has several tools that make it easy to save articles or excerpts that are of interest. Sharing is available through Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, print, email, folders, downloads, or via social media. 

Health Reference Center Academic can be accessed through the Washington County Library website using your library card and PIN.

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