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F.A. Day Library: Accessing Health Information

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Databases

Databases are collections of vetted and reliable resources.  Databases are especially helpful in more academic research.

Online Resources

Kid's Health link

"If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years." You can read more about KidsHealth and how they work to provide reliable health information on their About KidsHealth page.

KidsHealth is an especially valuable resource in research because of their clear and concise overviews of a wide variety of diseases and health topics.

CDC Link

"The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same." Read more about what the Centers for Disease Control does on their Mission, Role, and Pledge page.

The CDC is an especially valuable resource in research because of their detailed resources about diseases, including statistics about the disease in the U.S.

More Helpful Links:

National Institute of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov

National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov

Library Passwords

You can log in to most of our databases from home without a password. They use special geolocation links that will give you access from anywhere within the state of Massachusetts.

If you have trouble getting in, take a look at our passwords page in Google Docs. You'll need to be logged in to view it. 

Reliability of Sources

Using ACCESS to Evaluate Health Information

Google Search Tips

Boolean Operators

Remember, in Google Boolean Operators MUST be capitolized. 

Research Terms

Annotate : add notes to give an explanation or comment

Boolean Operator : Terms used to help broaden or narrow a search in a database. They are AND, OR and NOT.

Curate : to collect, select and present information or items such as pictures, videos, music, etc. using expert knowledge

Database a collection of information that is organized so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated. Information found in databases is vetted and reliable. 

Keyword : the most important words used to explain a concept

Reliableconsistently good in quality or performance; able to be trusted

Search Engine : a computer program used to search the Internet for documents that contain certain keywords or phrases

 

Synonym : a word or phrase that means the same thing, or nearly the same thing, as another word or phrase

 

Vet: make careful or critical examination of something

 

Search Tip

Find out if there's a nonprofit group that raises awareness about your topic (ex. Alzheimer's Association). These groups often have good resources written for the general public. To find them, try adding site:.org to your Google search to see only .org websites.

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