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Overview

Make Internet medical research simpler and more productive!

The rapid proliferation of Web sites makes finding medical information easy. Knowing when the information is accurate and reliable can be much more difficult. Health Care Resources on the Internet: A Guide for Librarians and Health Care Consumers discusses how to locate, evaluate, and use health care information available in online form.

As expectations shift from finding information in books to locating it on the World Wide Web, Health Care Resources on the Internet provides you with the skills you need. Whether you're a first-time Internet user unfamiliar with search engines or an old hand at Boolean logic, you will find helpful search tips and strategies. Moreover, this comprehensive book offers specific advice on assessing the reliability of the information you find.

Health Care Resources on the Internet simplifies your hunt for information by recommending trustworthy Web sites. It covers topics including:

  • consumer and professional megasites for health care information
  • using Medline
  • searching for information on specific diseases
  • finding open clinical trials
  • consumer health information
  • alternative medicine

    Illustrated with tables and figures, Health Care Resources on the Internet is an essential guidebook for health-conscious consumers, information professionals, and medical professionals.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Health Care Resources on the Internet: A Guide for Librarians and Health Care Consumers discusses how to locate health care information on the internet and offers tips and strategies for searching specific topics on the internet. Librarians and health care consumers will find that this unique book contains many tables and figures as well as specific Web sites/internet addresses with descriptions to help you find the information you are looking for, making the internet a more user-friendly place.

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Reviewer: Dolores Zegar Judkins, MLS, AHIP (Oregon Health and Science University)
Description: This book includes general information about searching the Internet for health information as well as selections of specific sites to use.
Purpose: This book is designed to teach good searching skills when looking for health information on the Internet as well as directing readers to selected sites that are considered to be the best sites in a number of different areas. It is "intended as an introduction to finding healthcare information on the Internet ... [and] emphasizes how to search efficiently for quality information."
Audience: The book is written for librarians and healthcare consumers, but it would be useful to any healthcare practitioner.
Features: This book includes chapters on the use of the Internet at the reference desk, searching techniques, MEDLINE interfaces, and subject specific sites. The subject specific chapters include the URLs of a variety of web sites, as well as how these web sites can be used effectively and efficiently. The MEDLINE chapter includes a section on evidence based medicine searching techniques. Sections on evaluating health information on the Internet are repeated in a few of the chapters.
Assessment: This book is an excellent compilation of information on using the Internet to find health information. It is one of the few books available on health information on the Internet that not only lists sites, but also includes discussion on evaluating, searching, and effectively using the sites. The editor does not purport this to be a comprehensive catalog of health web sites, although sites are listed that the contributors think are particularly good. The method of including the URLs within the text in some of the chapters makes it hard to easily use the book as a guide. Also, some of the consumer sites listed, such as Cliniweb, are more appropriate for health practitioners than consumers.
Dolores Zegar Judkins
This book includes general information about searching the Internet for health information as well as selections of specific sites to use. This book is designed to teach good searching skills when looking for health information on the Internet as well as directing readers to selected sites that are considered to be the best sites in a number of different areas. It is ""intended as an introduction to finding healthcare information on the Internet ... [and] emphasizes how to search efficiently for quality information."" The book is written for librarians and healthcare consumers, but it would be useful to any healthcare practitioner. This book includes chapters on the use of the Internet at the reference desk, searching techniques, MEDLINE interfaces, and subject specific sites. The subject specific chapters include the URLs of a variety of web sites, as well as how these web sites can be used effectively and efficiently. The MEDLINE chapter includes a section on evidence based medicine searching techniques. Sections on evaluating health information on the Internet are repeated in a few of the chapters. This book is an excellent compilation of information on using the Internet to find health information. It is one of the few books available on health information on the Internet that not only lists sites, but also includes discussion on evaluating, searching, and effectively using the sites. The editor does not purport this to be a comprehensive catalog of health web sites, although sites are listed that the contributors think are particularly good. The method of including the URLs within the text in some of the chapters makes it hard to easily use the book as a guide. Also, some ofthe consumer sites listed, such as Cliniweb, are more appropriate for health practitioners than consumers.
Booknews
Introduces how to locate and search for health care information on the Internet, listing specific web sites and Internet addresses along with descriptions. Among the topics of the 11 chapters are MEDLINE on the Internet, alternative medicine, government resources, statistical information, electronic journals, and international resources. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789009111
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Use of the Internet at the Reference Desk
  • Chapter 2. Natural Language and Beyond: Tips for Search Services
  • Introduction
  • Categories of Search Facilities
  • Getting Started
  • Beyond Natural Language
  • Field Searching
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Chapter 3. Megasites for Health Care Information
  • Introduction
  • Consumer Health Sites
  • Information-Intensive Sites
  • Professional Sites
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. MEDLINE on the Internet
  • Introduction
  • MEDLINE on the Internet
  • Searching MEDLINE
  • Selected Web-Based MEDLINE Systems
  • How Do You Evaluate Your Results? (Evidence-Based Medicine)
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Searching the Internet for Diseases
  • Introduction
  • Starting Points
  • Web Resources
  • Evaluating Web Resources
  • Searching for Common Diseases
  • Searching for Less Common Diseases
  • Searching for Rare and Emerging Diseases
  • Searching for Open Clinical Trials
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Consumer Health Information on the Internet
  • Introduction
  • Searching the Internet
  • Internet Options
  • Internet Sites
  • Evaluating Internet Sites
  • Recommended Consumer Sites on the Internet
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Alternative Medicine on the Net
  • Kinds of Electronic Alternative Health Resources
  • Evaluation
  • Alternative Medicine Research Opportunities
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Government Resources on the Net
  • Introduction
  • Points of Access
  • Traditional Sources
  • Web Sources
  • Chapter 9. Health-Related Statistical Information on the Net
  • Introduction
  • Recommended Internet Addresses—Geographic Regions
  • Recommended Internet Addresses—Special Topics
  • Metasites
  • Bibliographic Databases
  • Search Engines
  • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Electronic Journals on the Internet
  • Searching the Net
  • Library-Based Filters
  • Physician-Developed Filters
  • Government Filters to Electronic Journals
  • Association-Developed Lists
  • Other Producers of Electronic Journal Lists
  • Challenges of Access to Electronic Journals for Consumers
  • Shifting Trends
  • Chapter 11. Searching International Medical Resources on the World Wide Web
  • The Barriers to International Research
  • Using the World Wide Web to Break Down the Barriers
  • International Medical Information Research Sites on the World Wide Web
  • Other Sites of Interest
  • Summary
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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