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May 11 2009

Consumer Health Source

by Amanda L

This month the feature database is Consumer Health Complete. This database is one of the many sources the DeKalb County Library cardholders have access through GALILEO. All of these databases can be found on our Reference Databases page.

Have you or someone you loved been diagnosed with a disease by the doctor? Have you wanted to know more information but were afraid to ask the doctor? Consumer Health Complete is a good resource to learn more about diseases and health information.

Consumer Health Complete contains many electronic versions of Reference books that we have on the shelf like the Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs. You can browse the electronic versions of the Reference books or you can keyword search the books. Consumer Health Complete also has the type of documents it contains broken down by category such as Pamplet & Fact Sheets, Encyclopedias, Evidence-Based Reports, Images and Diagrams and Alternative Sources to name a few.

If you are a visual person and you need health information, you might find Consumer Health Complete’s visual search useful.  To use the visual search, you just type in the term, for example high blood pressure, in the search box.

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On the left side of the screen, you will see categories that might help you narrow your search. For our example, it lists Hypertension, Blood pressure etc. If we clicked on Hypertension, then the database limits the number of articles further.

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Once you have retrieved the number of articles you would like to review, you can then click on the box and to the right a brief synopsis will appear.

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If you are interested in that particular article, you just click on more. Click on the PDF link and the article will download to your computer.

Consumer Health Complete can be very useful for information on a variety of health subjects.  Very basic articles are available as well as in-depth articles from clinical periodicals are available. I find it a great place to start my research about diseases as well as reading more detailed and professional articles that I can then discuss with my doctor.

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