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Finding Community Resources

Here are a few tips to remember when searching the Web:

  • Choose keywords that will target the community and service(s) that you are interested in:

"San Francisco" or "San Francisco Bay Area"

"residential care facilities" or ________

  • Limit your results to target nonprofits, governments agencies or educational institutions by adding (or .gov or .edu) to your search
  • Use referral lists from agencies and services you've found to identify resources that may not come up in Web search results.


Disease and Condition Information for Patients

stethoscope image from clipartpanda.comCDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A very well organized website for starting research and for finding health statistics. Extensive information about health and disease from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Information is provided for professionals and the public, so be sure to choose the right sections for your patients.

US National Library of Medicine website providing health information to the general public

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - Online
Online version, with features not available in the print version, and "continuously updated to ensure that the information is as up-to-date as possible.

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

PubMed comprises more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Additional information is available through subscription databases like Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition and Health Source - Consumer Edition (both from EBSCO). Remember that from off campus, you will need your RAM ID login.

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