Monday, April 25, 2016

Sources of information in health sciences

American Library Association, Reference and Adult Services Division, Standards and Guideline Committee. Guidelines for medical, legal, and business responses [Internet]. Chicago (IL); rev. 2001 [cited 2005 Jan 31]. Available from

Bibel, Barbara. Best consumer health books 2003. Library Journal 2004 May 1; 129(8):55. In Academic Search Premier [Internet]. Ipswich (MA): EBSCO, c2005- [cited 2005 Jan 31]. Available from; Accession No.: 3012981

Block, Marylaine. But Doctor, I found it on the Web – a presentation for the medical staff of Good Samaritian regional Medical Center, Phoenix, March 15, 2002.

Consumer & Patient Health Information Service [Internet]. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba. Health Sciences Libraries. [updated 2004 Aug 27l cited 2005 Feb 2]. Available from:

About the University of Manitoba’s Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library Consumer and Patient Health Information Service which is available to all Manitobans.

*Crespo, Javier. Training the health information seeker: Quality issues in health information web sites. Library Trends 2004 Fall, 53(2): 360-74. In Academic Search Premier [Internet]. Ipswich (MA): EBSCO, c2005 [cited 2005 Jan 41]. Available from; Accession No.: 15353491

HONcode Principles

Code of conduct for medical and health sites from Health on the Net Foundation, a Geneva based foundation which is an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN.

*Hurt, C. D. Information Sources in Science and Technology, 3rd ed. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1995. pp. 263-265.

Infohealth Guide
Provides a brief overview of Manitoba’s health care system and its services, along with handy contact information so you can learn more about any aspect of health care in Manitoba.

*Malinowsky, H.R. Reference Sources in Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Agriculture. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press, 1994. pp. 188-189.

Medical Library Association. Consumer and Patient Health Information Section. The librarian’s role in the provision of consumer health information and patient education. [cited 2005 Jan 31]. Available from

Medical Reference for Non-Medical Librarians
Compiled by Jean C. Blakewell, Information Services Librarian, Health Science Library, UNC-Chapel Hill and additional material added by Lynne M. Fox. Includes tips for librarians and staff, regarding providing medical reference to consumers.

Online resources and guides

Academic Info Health and Medicine Consumer Health

Canadian Health Network
CHN’s mission was to support Canadians in making informed choices about their health, by providing access to multiple sources of credible and practical e-health information. Through a network of health information providers which included Health Canada and national and provincial/territorial non-profit organizations, as well as universities, hospitals, libraries and community organizations.

Health Canada
Information from the Canadian government.

Consumer Health Links
Guide to consumer health sites on a variety of topics from Winnipeg Public Library.

Consumer Health: An Online Manual
From U.S. National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Chapters covering a variety of topics such as: Evaluating Health Web Sites and Consumer Health Information on the Web.

*Consumer Health Information Service
A free, confidential health information service that was provided by qualified health librarians and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health for residents of Ontario. Site contained an extensive collection of resources, including a Consumer Health Collection Guide and Core Collection of Recommended Titles.

For an American produced list of core titles of books and journals for the small medical library, in allied health, and for nursing see: Brandon/Hill selected lists at

From American Academy of Family Physicians. Includes a “Search by Symptom” (self diagnosis) section.

Hamilton Health Sciences. HHS Library Services: Consumer Health Information Web Sites

Virtual Reference Library: Health Topics from A to Z
Recommended Internet sites, selected and organized by the VRL staff of Toronto Public Library.

Abstracts and indexes
Consumer Health Complete
Search for consumer health information in over 700 health, fitness and nutrition magazines, clinical reports, medical encyclopedias and popular reference works. Also focuses on holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness.

CHID (Combined Health Information Database)
A bibliographic database produced by health-related agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. This database provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources. Lists health promotion and education materials and program descriptions that are not indexed elsewhere.

CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators, and researchers. This database provides indexing and abstracting for over 1,600 current nursing and allied health journals and publications dating back to 1982. Available through EBSOHost. Pre-CINAHL is a companion database to CINAHL, and is intended to provide current awareness of new journal articles, and includes a rotating file of limited bibliographic information (no subject searching), which are available to researchers only for the time when these articles are being assigned additional indexing. This enables users to gain access to article citations that otherwise would not be available. Once the bibliographic records are complete, they are added to the CINAHL database and removed from Pre-CINAHL.

Health Source Consumer Edition
Accessible with WPL library barcode number. Nearly 300 full-text consumer health periodicals, 1,100 pamphlets plus indexing and abstracts for more than 300 periodicals and 145 health reference books. In addition, the database provides access to up-to-date monographs for prescription drugs (U.S.), herbal and nutritional supplements and over-the-counter products. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

The Health Services Technology/Assessment Texts (HSTAT) is a free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making. HSTAT’s audience includes health care providers, health service researchers, policy makers, payers, consumers and the information professionals who serve these groups.

Unlike PubMed this version of Medline has been specifically tailored to the information needs of consumers. Emphasis is on information available from NLM and NIH and includes links to searches of MEDLINE, and to the many full-text publications produced by the NIH institutes. Includes sections on health topics, medical dictionaries and glossaries, links to major associations and clearinghouses, publications and news items, directories of health professionals and health facilities and libraries that provide services for the public.

U.S. National Rehabilitation Information Center. Search REHABDATA or their other databases by keyword, or browse by subject topic.

Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center from University of Mexico
Contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.

Covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINEplus Health Information is an excellent resource for consumer health information.

Women’s Health Matters
This Resource Database contains descriptions of books and periodicals, audiovisual and multimedia materials and websites. “Use this database as an access point to women’s health resources in English, French and other languages. We focus on information from Ontario and the rest of Canada, but our collection also includes information from around the world.”

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