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Consumer Health

Consumer Health:

Information intended for potential users of medical and healthcare services. There is an emphasis on self-care and preventive approaches as well as information for community-wide dissemination and use.

Health Sciences Librarians
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Joanna Bliss & Beth Ligeti
T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Library
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
Phone/Text/Fax: 214.689.6580

Nadine Bonds-Bishop & Jose Luis Quintero
Institute of Health Sciences
Academic Resource Center
6700 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030-4132
Phone/Text/Fax: 713.794.2048

The following databases contain information on Consumer Health and Patient Education.
Hover over a database name for details.

Effective Searching must be planned and methodical. Below are suggested steps for searching.

1. Know your topic. (Background Information)
Dates, names, spellings, definitions, symptoms, etc.

2. List all the search terms for the topic you can think of.
Think SYNONYMS: Formal, Informal, and Technical

3. Ask yourself where might information on your topic be located. 
       Internet? Books? Newspapers? Journals? 

4. Choose your search tool.
      TWUniversal?  A Database?  Google?  Google Scholar?

5. Decide which information format you want.
Article?  Video?  Book Chapter?  Audio file?  Image?

6. Make a plan.
     Database  +  search terms X, Y & Z  +  peer-review

7. Explore your topic in several places. 
      Analyze your results. Which search terms work best?

8. Search again and again and again.
      Keep testing search terms in different databases.

9. Archive your citations in RefWorks.
      Let RefWorks create your Bibliography automatically.

10. Can't find what you are looking for?
      Ask the Librarian assigned to this Subject Guide for help.

Example Database Search for articles:

Database Search Example with Boolean

Example Google Scholar Search for articles:

Google Scholar Search example with Boolean


Medical Term Pronunciation Help

How do I say

Pronouncing Medical Terms correctly can be impossible.
Meriam-Webster Dictionary online offers an audio feature to help you pronounce medical terms correctly. 
Type in your term, click search, then click the audio icon Audio icon  to hear the term pronounced correctly.

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Merck Manuals : Online Medical Library
Medical Term Pronunciation

Home Edition For Patients and Caregivers

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Women's Health Care:

  • Breast exam
  • Pap smear
  • Pregnancy testing 

Understanding Medical Words

National Library of Medicine

  • Note for users of assistive technology: This tutorial is a flash movie that contains changing content and interactive quizzes. You may be required to use additional keyboard commands to navigate the content depending on the software you use to browse the Web.
  • Use the controls on the bottom left of the screen to adjust the volume or to turn off the sound.

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Merck Manuals
Online Medical Library
Home Edition For Patients and Caregivers

National Library of Medicine
Evaluating Health Information
(video tutorial)

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