While a Google search might seem like an easy alternative for seeking medical information, especially at a time without access to library print copies, it comes with caveats. The search itself is easy; sifting through myriads of entries to look for relevant information takes eons. Most importantly, though, is the question of reliability – just how trustworthy is the source?
Instead, we suggest using services and databases that provide relevant, reliable, and up-to-date information. These are free services brought to you by the Abbot Public Library!
Please note: these resources are meant for informational purposes only. If you are experiencing symptoms and required medical attention, please speak to a doctor.
Through EBSCO, you get access to various medical and health databases, such as Medline or Clinical Pharmacology, where you can search medical dictionaries and obtain articles from medical journals and magazines.
You can set up search and language preferences, and are able to print out articles that you find useful.
You can search or browse through a list of topics in the Gale Health and Wellness database, designed for consumers. Its information comes from encyclopedias, academic journals, and magazines. Some of the other features include availability of audio-format or text highlighting.
If you need more in-depth information, you can also access the Gale Health and Medicine database created for healthcare professionals and knowledgeable health researchers, where you will find information from the medical professional’s perspective.
A recent acquisition by the Abbot Public Library, a collection of health databases by Salem Press, previously reviewed on our blog, is another medical reference resource.
hoopla has medical books, with general information on diseases, their symptoms, and suggested treatments. Click on the book cover images to go to the ebooks in hoopla.
For maintaining good health and preventing diseases, as well as alternative medicine, you might consider these recommendations:
Overdrive/Libby has quite an extensive section of medical books as well, including the following:
All these databases and digital books are free resources available through the Abbot Public Library with your library card.
Stay safe and take care!