MedlinePlus: The Best Database You’re Probably Not Using

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on February 12, 2015.

Did you know you can access up to date, authoritative information on nearly 1,000 health topics in easy to read (i.e., non-medical jargon) language for FREE? The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine have a terrific resource called MedlinePlus geared toward the general public, and not health professionals.

MedlinePlus: It's like you have a medical professional right in your computer

MedlinePlus: It’s like you have a medical professional right in your computer

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Interlibrary Loan: The Library Service You Should Absolutely Be Using

You’ve probably stopped by our library once or twice and noticed that we have very few books on our shelves compared to most libraries. The actual number is somewhere around 1,100, but out of those, 737 are allowed to be checked out; the rest are meant to exclusively serve the medical curriculum that is taught at the College.

Being a specialized library, we realize that most of the books available for you to checkout probably wouldn’t be considered light reading. Should you find yourself interested in reading up on medical procedures, terms, or techniques, we’d be happy to point you in the correct direction – just stop by the front desk and ask one of our staff to help you find what you’re looking for on our shelves! For all our other avid readers who don’t quite fancy brushing up on their medical knowledge, we’d like to introduce you to (or remind you about) our Interlibrary Loan service!

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5 Ways the Natural Medicines Database Has Your Back

If you’ve ever found yourself wandering down the aisles of your local grocery store staring pensively at the rows upon rows of vitamins, natural remedies and supplements, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to determine if any of these products can safely support your health and wellness goals. To wrap up this month’s focus on nutrition, we’d like to introduce you to a database you may not know much about which can help you tackle those tough questions. Here are some ways the Natural Medicines database can help you out, and why you should add it to your arsenal of reliable health resources.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Apps & Gadgets – Bonus Edition!

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Today is HSL Info Expo day! By popular demand, we’ll be showcasing some cool “Apps & Gadgets.” This winter’s Info Expo theme is “New Year, New You” and we’ll be focusing on exercise, fitness, and nutrition apps and gadgets to help you meet your goals for a better you in 2017. We could go and on and on about this subject because there are SO many cool gizmos out there, especially when it comes to health and fitness, but since we’re limited to just fifteen minutes, we thought we would bring you some of the apps and gadgets that didn’t make the cut (but are still pretty awesome, and you should totally check them out!).

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Still Not Using EndNote? Here’s What You’re Missing

Last week we presented an “EndNote Basics” BYOL Lunch & Learn. There’s a reason we’re trying to tell all of our library users about EndNote: EndNote is a powerful tool for managing citations, organizing bibliographies and references, and for editing manuscripts. EndNote, RefWorks, and Mendeley (all similar, competing tools) are often referred to as “reference management software” or “citation management software,” but these phrases don’t do EndNote justice. If you’re still writing papers without the use of EndNote, here is what you’ve been missing!

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That moment when you realize you’ve been citing in the wrong style the WHOLE TIME

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Tech Talk Thursday: Apps for New Year Goal-Setting

Tech Talk bannerIt’s officially 2016 and we all know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. This year don’t fall into the trap of setting unattainable goals only to find yourself discouraged and unmotivated to make positive changes in your life for the coming year. We’ve compiled a list of apps that can help you set and achieve your goals, and most importantly, keep those New Year’s resolutions.

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Looking for free streaming videos? We can help you with that!

play_iconTime for an introduction to a resource you might not be aware you have access to through our library! Did you know that the UCF Libraries provide access to a number of streaming video collections? The John C. Hitt library on main campus UCF subscribes to a few different databases UCF students, staff, and faculty can access free of charge. Often, this even includes full-length films!

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You Asked, We Answered: Apps for Work-Life Balance

A big thank you again for all those who attended our Info Expo Summer 2015 Technology Symposium. Our post-Expo survey revealed that our faculty and staff want more tech info. In particular, apps, apps, and more apps! Most of you, like many of us, are trying to find that work-life balance, and are looking for apps to help you do just that. So today we’re sharing some more fun, but useful apps that may not be work-related, but that you can use in your personal life.

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Apps & Gadgets: Bonus Edition!

If you’ve RSVP’d to attend today’s HSL Info Expo Summer Technology Symposium, you’ll be hearing me talk about some exciting apps and gadgets for summer in our new segment, “Apps & Gadgets.” There are so many cool tools out there that it was hard to narrow it down to just a handful for a 10-minute segment. Instead of leaving some on the cutting room floor, we decided to share them with you here.

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Here are a few things you might want to check out before the summer is over.

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Try a new source for your health news this summer

Looking for a fresh place to get your health news this summer? Try healthfinder.gov from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This portal for all things health-related has a lot to offer, including daily headlines, an A to Z list of health topics, a weekly digest of new stories on various topics, and much more. Can’t remember when National Fruits & Veggies month is (Spoiler alertit’s September)? You can even find a list of national health observances. Stay connected by signing up to get all of your health news via the site’s many social media outlets, or subscribe to get information delivered to your email inbox. You can even read up about health care reform, or browse information on over 500 health subjects.

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Check out healthfinder.gov for more easy-to-read and up-to-the-minute health news and information.