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Consumer Health

Health information to help patients make informed, clear decisions about their health.

Background Information

Background information resources like books and encyclopedias give a quick synopsis of a topic. This can be helpful before diving in to more advanced and  technical journal literature. 

When searching these resources,

  • use broad terms and concepts
    • Eating Disorders
    • Stress Management
  • use synonyms or related concepts
    • Diet --- nutrition, food, etc.
    • Sleep difficulty --- sleep disorders, sleep habits, insomnia


Online Reference Works

Finding Books


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