03 January 2006


I just came across this great resource for medical libraries (and others who frequently need to search for health information). It sounds wonderful. And for the rest us us, there is a free website with nearly 11,000 (!!!) links.

Anderson, Patricia F. and Nancy J. Allee, eds., The Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web, New York: Neal-Schuman, 2004. ISBN 1-55570496-4, 3 vol., 945 pages, US$495.00 (paper, book and CD-rom), .US$395.00 without CD-rom)

VOLUME 1: Search Strategies, Quick Reference Guide

VOLUME 2: Diseases and Disorders, Mental Health and Mental Disorders

VOLUME 3: Health and Wellness, Life Stages and Reproduction / Cumulative Index

“Instead of starting a health care search with a blank computer screen or simply accessing ordinary information available most anywhere on the Web, you can begin with help from the prestigious Medical Library Association. Each entry will show you how an experienced health sciences librarian would approach a question. You can begin a truly valuable search knowing: special searching issues, what to ask, where to start, supplementary search strategies, topic profile, recommended search terms and important sites, hotline phone numbers, FAQs, publications on the internet, professional organizations, patient support organizations and discussion groups, and best “one-stop-shops.” Finally there’s one ready-reference source written by librarians to help their colleagues that contains every important aspect of the question you or your patron want to answer. It’s time-saving, it’s authoritative, it sets a new standard for comprehensive medical information reference.” (description on Amazon.com)

Accompanying website:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/mlaguide/info/siteinfo.html (available to all), includes selections from the text, almost 11,000 web site links (by chapter and alphabetical by site description, not to be updated)

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