Searching for Health Information

Man Scratching HeadMany patrons come in to the library not knowing where to search for information or they’ve begun their search and have gotten confused with the amount of health websites available. Others have gotten advice from a friends or family that doesn’t match up with what their health care provider has suggested and need clarification.

There is some terrific information out there, but there are also many sites that offer inaccurate or unsubstantiated information. Don’t even get me started on celebrities that have no medical training who write books and appear on TV and radio spreading information.

I’ve spent a great deal of time culling through the information available and have compiled “Recommended Websites” to help you in your search.  You can find them on the Health Reference page of the Syosset Public Library website.

When in doubt, or if you are still overwhelmed, the best place to begin a health search is MedlinePlus.  This site is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
From the National Institutes of HealthNational Institutes of Health.  You will find information from the NLM/NIH as well as links to other reputable sites with appropriate information.

If you’re not sure where to look the Health Reference Librarian can research any health topic and send you a packet of information that is personalized just for you? Books, articles, databases, can be provided for you.  Send me an e-mail via the website or call the Reference Department (516)921-7161 ext. 217 for assistance.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference

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2 Responses to Searching for Health Information

  1. Janice Flahiff says:

    Thank you.
    Going to add “Recommended Websites” to my personal Web page on Locating Heatlh/Medical information

    https://sites.google.com/site/healthnewsresources/

    Some sites are from my days as a medical librarian, some are from my volunteer experience at the local Area Office on Aging, others gleaned from adding material to my blog….

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