We are continuing our look at the “Consumer Health Complete” database accessible through the Denison Public Library website. There are a number of interesting things to look at with this database.
Near the top of the page is an advanced search tab for when you want to do detailed searching. One box you may want to check off on this page is the “full text” box. A number of articles come with only a citation page and abstract about what the article is about but not the article itself. This can be frustrating when you think you have found an article with the information you need only to realize the full article is not available. These types of advanced searches can take some practice to get the most out of them but can also be interesting with the results you can get.
Next to the “advanced search” tab is the “Medical Dictionary” tab. This tab contains, “Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary” which can be very useful when you are not sure the full spelling of a word. If you know the first couple of letters of the term you are looking for just click on that first letter and scroll down till hopefully you find the word you are looking for. There are a couple of interesting and useful parts to this page.
When you click on the term you are looking for the definition and pronunciation will both come up. On some terms there are links to related topics and information that can be useful when researching a subject. Another useful part of this page is at the bottom where you will find, “Search for your word in Consumer Health Complete.” Clicking on that tab will bring up all related articles in “Consumer Health Complete” that are related to that subject. This can be useful in that it widens your search and brings in articles with information on your particular subject that you may not have thought of before. It is a way to do research in a general way without having to worry about doing an advanced search that can be frustrating if you’ve never tried it before.
Below these searchable tabs are a number of interesting tabs that allow you to search through a number of different resources including: evidence-based reports, encyclopedias and reference books, fact-sheets and pamphlets, news and magazines, drug and herb information, alternative sources, images and diagrams, and videos and animations.
Each one of these tabs can be useful in their own way. Are you pregnant or know someone who is pregnant and want to know what the baby looks like at a particular point in the pregnancy? “Images and diagrams” has a number of articles that show the baby’s development throughout the pregnancy so that you have a clear understanding of your child’s development.
Perhaps you are worried about Diabetes but are not sure exactly what it is or anything about the condition. Look under the, “Fact sheets & pamphlets” page to find an explanation of what the disease is and other information about it. We will look at more from this website in the future.