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52 Library Card Uses

52 Library Card Uses

Look up all kinds of health information. Number 20 in a series of uses for your library card.

Your library card can be your best friend in your search for reliable health information.

You’ll find two major sources for health information at your library. The first is books, and the second is databases.

Health information is a broad category, including information about diet, stress and exercise, as well as illness and its various treatments – orthodox and alternative. Health information changes like the weather. The library staff works hard to ensure that library shelves hold the most current, accurate, authoritative information available. That includes reference book information as well as books sitting out in the nonfiction area, most of which are written with a layperson in mind.

Databases
More in-depth health information, including articles from medical journals, can be found in the medical databases available on the Great River Regional Library website. These are:

Alt HealthWatch
Consumer Health Complete
Health Source Consumer Edition
Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition, and
Medline

Many of the other databases also contain health information, so a search of all databases for information on “Sleeping Disorders” generates hundreds of hits from sources as diverse as the International Herald Tribune, New Delhi’s Hindustan Times and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Use the library catalog and databases to track down the information you want, and talk with library staff about further use of reference services to get the information you need.

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