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To search effectively for health information you may need to look in several different places:..not just google!
Health information on line can be varied in its availability, scope, accuracy and currency.
Specialist health websites help you to find reliable information easily - for example.
NICE Evidence ( https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/ ) TRIP ( https://www.tripdatabase.com/ )
NHS Choices ( http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx ) Patient UK ( https://patient.info/ )
PubMED ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed ) UpToDate ( http://www.uptodate.com/contents/search ) - RD&E staff :OpenAthens Login required -
Google may also be useful for example.
Google Scholar ( http://scholar.google.co.uk/ ) for papers Google Verbatim Exact un-enhanced search.
You might also like:
UpToDate ( http://www.uptodate.com/contents/search ) - RD&E staff only: Log_in button- Use Open Athens link
or HUB / Non Clinical Systems / UptoDate
Uptodate provides quick answers to clinical questions at point of care
Pro: Authoritative fully referenced detailed review articles on wide range of clinical topic
Easy to search and navigate
Search: Use simple terms :
Guide: Quick Reference Card Online help demos and manual
Other: Graphics: Images and diagrams free to download to powerpoint
Patient information: 'Beyond the basics' for detailed background info for both savvy patients and clinicians.
Drug Interactions and Clinical calculators.
Screenshots: From Quick Reference Card: Click to see webpage
Google Scholar ( https://scholar.google.co.uk/ ) .
This looks for webpages that seem to be papers
Pro: Works very similarly to Google. Often gives relevant results with less focussed terms
Orders results by relevance or date.
Search: Use simple terms: then expand as in Google: 256 character limit
Guide: See file below
Other: Advanced search limits by date, title and author.
Good follow-on links to related articles, cited-by. 'Cite' gives references for essay text
Screenshot: Click to go to google scholar
How good is it? See King's College discussion on using Google Scholar for major reviews (Middle Column 4th box down)
Google ( https://google.co.uk/ ) .
Popular search engine
Pro: Quick. Easy to use...Versatile. Searches are often enhanced and extended automatically -but not always the way you want!
Will accept long search strings and can filter results to domain or document type etc
Guide: See file below
Other: Extended possibilities with other sections eg Maps, Images
Focusing searches: Eg Using
" " with single words to turn off synonyms. " " for phrases * for missing words
Site: to restrict to specific domains Filetype: to limit to particular file formats
Screenshot: Looking exclusively for Lymphoma and diagnosis in primary care on NHS sites in PDF format (Click to run search)
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