The strategy you use to access health information is likely to vary depending on a number of variables, including
The following suggestions are intended to get you started on finding information related to a disease or other health topic.
For background information or a quick overview:
Reference books (whether online or in print) may contain good background information to help you start your research. For instance, since Jane is at the beginning of her research about alcoholism, she will want to use some of the following resources:
For in-depth information:
Search in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library Catalog using a specific subject heading to find both online and print books focused on the topic.
For the latest research or detailed information you didn't find in texts:
As you get more comfortable with your topic you will want to read more detailed information about it. Articles from journals and consumer information from the Internet are good options. For example, Rob will find useful websites about allergy medications in MedlinePlus. Cheryl will want to search PubMed and HealthSource for articles about diabetes and exercise.
Remember, as you look at sources, that you want the most current information on your topic. Medical information changes quickly!
Words used in medical information sources are often different from the words we use in everyday life. For example, the medical term for cancer is 'neoplasms.' The resources discussed in this module will help give you a basis for learning the medical terminology related to your topic. In addition, the National Library of Medicine provides a tutorial that can help you better understand medical terminology.