Health & Wellness Resources

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This guide, created by the College of Dupage Library's Health Science Librarian, contains helpful consumer health resources and research tips. The College of DuPage and the C.O.D. Library do not create or control any of these resources, and they will not be held responsible for misuse of information or any adverse effects of recommendations stated in these resources.

Health Information should always be discussed with your health care provider, who can interpret it for you and apply it to your individual case.

Ask Your Health Science Librarian

Do you need help finding specific information? In addition to using our face-to-face, online and phone Ask A Librarian options, you may call or email COD's Health Sciences Librarian, Debra Smith, to set up an appointment or to explain what you need (email is a popular way to share information). Please remember that while I can assist you in finding information and can educate you about locating and citing quality health resources, I cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for specific conditions or diseases. I also cannot interpret assignments--ask your instructor! I will always refer specific medical and assignment-related questions back to your health care provider or instructor. Your questions will be kept in confidence and your privacy will be respected.

COD Library Catalog

Search for books, videos and journals within our Library Catalog

Catalog Search Tips:

  • Keyword search for disease/condition (to further refine your search, add AND treatment or AND diagnosis) for example: migraine AND treatment
  • Try a subject search for a disease/condition and add: --popular works (example: diabetes—popular works) to limit results to items designed for the general public/health consumers
  • Try doing a subject search for stroke—popular works
  • Click on the title of an item to display the full record for the item. Look on the right-hand side of the entry at the “More like this” section for suggested subjects and a link to similar items
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  • You can limit your search to specific types of items (books & e-books, journals or magazines, articles, videos, audiobooks) and to where items are located (COD Library only, COD Library & I-SHARE, or All Libraries)

General vs Reference

  • General collection materials contain:
    • A wide variety of resources (biographies, exercise, self-help, nutrition/cookbooks, source books, and textbooks)
    • Many different formats (books, audio books, e-books, videos, software)
    • Both fiction and nonfiction materials
    • Materials designed for all age groups and education levels (the very young, kids, teens, adults, seniors, students, professionals, and lay people)
    • You can check general collection items out and take them home!
  • Reference materials are:
    • Well-indexed, organized, concise, and highly credible
    • They provide overviews (disease/condition/procedure descriptions, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis), definitions, specific information or addresses
    • Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources
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      Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
      REF R 121.D73 ONLINE ACCESS

      small yellow star.jpgGale Encyclopedia of Medicine
      REF RC 41 .G35 ONLINE ACCESS*
      * Simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available via the Gale Virtual Reference Library database

      Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 4th edition
      REF R121 .D76

      Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

      small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine
      REF RC46 .C423

      Conn's Current Therapy
      REF RM101 .C87

      Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
      REF RC71 .A14

      small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
      REF RC46 .H333

Electronic Databases

Access from anywhere with your C.O.D. Library card
Library homepage --> Databases (green tab) --> Health -->Health & Medicine Databases link

  • Get electronic access to reliable, trusted medical reference materials
  • Databases include full-text articles from health and medical journals and magazines, full-text entries from numerous reference books, health-related pamphlets, and videos
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition offers consumer and professional level materials of all types (books, articles and pamphlets)
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library--GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including Medicine. Individual entries from these resources can be printed and emailed
  • Search Micromedex Health Care Series  for DRUG information and Micromedex's CareNotes for patient education materials. MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

Internet Resources

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Tips to Finding Information on the Internet

  • Isolate key concepts and words to be searched, including word variations and synonyms. Be as specific as you can (for example search “prostate cancer treatment” instead of “cancer”)
  • Determine the type of information needed (general or technical information? Information for an adult audience or children? Adolescents? Seniors?)
  • Use a search engine like Google http://www.google.com/ or take advantage of established, pre-selected Internet collections like:

MLA Top Health Websites from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the MLA

Health & Wellness Internet Sites recommended by COD Library's Health Sciences Librarian, Debra J. Kakuk Smith

Evaluating & Citing Medical Information

Carefully evaluate the credibility of sources and the quality of information that you retrieve.

Find and Evaluate Health Information on the Web from the Medical Library Association

Learn more about evaluating Medical Information (online and in print)

Need to give credit where credit is due? Take a look at COD's Health Science Librarian's citing sources page.