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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Good sources of health information

If you are newly diagnosed with a condition, or are searching for information on a condition you have had for a while, please remember that librarians are standing by to assist you. You can locate libraries nearby that are ready to help by going to this MedlinePlus directory site: Also, check with your hospital or clinic to see if they have a library attached to them that serves patients' needs (some only serve health professionals, so it pays to ask.)
When you contact the librarian, they will ask you questions to identify your information need. This doesn't mean that you have asked the wrong question, or that they are nosy. Librarians are trained to conduct a 'reference interview', which is designed to identify the right information to give to you in order to successfully answer your question.

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