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Richter: Various databases can help library users with health education

| Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

Not all information on the Internet is true or reliable.

At times, it might be difficult to distinguish what is trustworthy information. Libraries and librarians are here to help you with this problem. Libraries have databases available to patrons where they can search for accurate information.

A database is a searchable website containing information from published works, such as journal articles or magazines.

Libraries in Allegheny County and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system have a number of databases dedicated to different subjects available for you to search in the library or at home for no cost.

In addition, on your local library's database page, where the full list of sources can be found, there also are a number of reliable websites that you can use to find trustworthy information.

It is important to make sure you are receiving reliable health information. There can be a lot of misinformation on different health topics.

Below are a few of the health resources available to search for credible health information. Remember, it still is important to consult a doctor when reviewing health information.

• MedlinePlus is a site developed by the National Library of Medicine. This contains drug information, interactive tutorials and breaking news stories about medical issues.

The goal of MedlinePlus is to have the information easy to read, with definition of medical terms on the page.

• Through Consumer Health Complete, you can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books and magazine articles. A library card is required to access this database. is a U.S. government site that has quick guides to healthy living, personalized health advice and more. There is information from medical journals, magazines, government sources, etc. Through this site you can also search for health professionals near you.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL; on Facebook, Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library; and you can email Pam at

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