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Researching Your Health

Published November 22, 2010  Submitted by:  Aleah

Are you curious about the doctor's recent diagnosis? Unsure if you should be worried about a newly developed ache or pain? We all have health questions from time to time, but discerning the good information from the not-so-good can be a daunting task.

The trick is to find the right information -- that is information that's current, unbiased, and based on actual research. This research guide will help you learn how to get the answers you need.

[ Internet Sources | Print Sources | Databases | Community Resources ]

Internet Sources

The Internet is a great place to start researching your health question, but don't run off to Google just yet. There are a few very important things to keep in mind when doing any research on the web. For starters, anyone can put up a web page. You wouldn't take health advice from a stranger, and likewise you shouldn't believe everything that you read on the Internet. The following tips will help you sort out the wheat from the chaff.

When you find health information on the web, be sure to ask the following questions:

 The Health on the Net Foundation (HON) out of Geneva, Switzerland is attempting to standardize online health information with the HON Code of Conduct, or HONcode. Organizations that provide health information online can apply for HONcode certification at no cost. Before qualifying for HONcode certification, these websites must undergo a thorough review. Once the certification is received, these sites are then subject to yearly evaluations. Once a website receives the HONcode certification, they can display the HONcode symbol, making it clear to health researchers that the information on the website is accurate and timely.

These websites make the grade:

Print Sources

These print resources are available in the Springfield-Greene County Library. Print resources are up-to-date at the time of publication, but cannot be updated as often as online sources. Always check publication date to ensure timely health information.

Databases

Do you need an authoritative print resource but can't get to the Library? You can still access these resources through the Library's website. We subscribe to several databases that are chock full of great health information. Because we pay a subscription for these services you will need a valid Springfield-Greene County Library account number to access these resources from outside of the Library.

Community Resources

Members of the Springfield-Greene County community have several valuable resources available to them at no charge. St. Johns Health System and CoxHealth both provide patient-oriented libraries that are freely accessible. It is necessary to register with these organizations before borrowing any materials.

**All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction.**


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