Arm yourself with medical information: How to
use Greenwich Library's Health Information Center
Please ask a Librarian, who will
help you assemble the information that you need.
the Health Information Center have materials I can check out and use at
Yes, The Library has a collection
of 5,000 circulating books and 300 videos that you can check out.
- Can I log onto databases from home?
Most of the health databases
purchased can be accessed from home. Log on to the Library's Web site at
www.greenwichlibrary.org, and from the menu choose Health
Information Center. Once there, click on the Health Databases link
and use your library card number to gain access to these premium
products. Also check the Health Information Center Internet Links page for over 100 links to free web sites listed there.
- How can I find out if my symptoms are something routine or might
require medical attention?
You can consult the symptom flow
charts in reference books in the Health Information Center:
- The "Merck Manual"
- "The American College of Physician's Home Medical
- The doctor wants me to have some medical tests. Where can I find a basic
overview of the test in advance?
- Search the test name on WebMD,
www.webmd.com, which defaults to a test definition or the Library of
Medical Tests at
- Consult the Medical Test
- Link to MedlinePlus, another
free web source at
www.medlineplus.gov, which offers online tutorial about tests.
- Check out a copy of "The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests: Everything you Need to Know about
the Tests your Doctor Orders" from the circulating collection.
- My doctor has prescribed a new medication. Where can I find out more
about the drug and its side effects?
- Look up the medication in the
"Physician's Desk Reference" (PDR) in the reference section of the Health
- If it's a very new drug and is
not listed in the PDR, try the Library's "Health Source Plus" database,
which includes a feature called "Clinical Pharmacology".
- www.rxlist.com is also a reliable source for such information.
- Where can I find a basic overview of a medical condition?
- Check the Mayo Clinic guides or
the "Well-Connected" summaries of conditions and diseases in the Reference
- Search the Library's book
collection for a comprehensive overview in our
- Get a recent article from one
of many databases the Library has subscribed to at the
Health Information Center, particularly "Well-Connected" or
"Health & Wellness"
- I need to see a specialist as soon as possible. Where can I find
specialists in the area?
- Consult "The Official ABMS
Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists", an annual
publication in the reference collection. It lists all board certified
specialists by state and city. This product is also available online in
the Health Information Center.
- Scan the Consumer's Checkbook
guide to Top Doctors at the same link as above.
- Look at "Top Doctors." It
lists selected specialists by state and city; or "Top Doctors" listed by
specialty in "New York" magazine.
- What information can I review to prepare for surgery?
In addition to a book
you can borrow and periodical articles that can be printed for you, there
may be a video in the second floor collection that describes the surgical
can I locate information on hospitals near my home?
Start with the "American
Hospital Directory" in Reference; or
The "Consumer's Checkbook Guide
to Hospitals" database is available in the Health Information
Center. You can compare hospitals using a variety of criteria.
you have information about the credibility of alternative therapies like
glucosamine for treating arthritis? What studies have been conducted to
support or disprove the claims?
- The "Natural Medicines
Comprehensive Database", which is available in the Health
Information Center, offers overviews
of homeopathic medicine and natural drugs.
"Consumerlab.com" which is available in the
Health Information Center via our Health database, reviews natural products for safety and