Health

Health information is available in many forms at the library and online. This area is a good place to start your research into health topics. Keep in mind it does not replace the advice of trained health professionals.

Not sure where to start evaluating all of the health information out there? Try our Guide to Evaluating Health Information.

Health FAQ’s

  • Looking for a family doctor? You can find a list of physicians accepting new patients here:  Physician Search - Alberta
  • Trying to find medical definitions? Try  Medterms for defining medical terms, or try  Merck Manual Online for definitions of medical conditions.

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact EPL!
 

These databases below help you find current, reliable, health information.

  • Alt-Health Watch - Focuses on articles from the perspectives of alternative, holistic, complementary and integrated approaches to medical treatment and general health.
     
  • Consumer Health Complete - Provides consumer health information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Features searchable full text for nearly 300 journals.
     
  • CPS Canadian Pharmaceutical Drugs - the blue book is one of the the standard sources for drug information in Canada.
     
  • Family Behaviour Toolbox - strategies to help families deal with child behavioural issues.
     
  • Health and Wellness Resource Centre - Dictionaries, encyclopedias, drug reference sources and magazine articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs, etc. Full text available for many articles.
     
  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database  - Reliable information on herbal remedies, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and other natural products. Researchers and editors are trained drug information analysts and evaluate the scientific evidence.

Evaluating Internet Health Information
Tutorial teaches you how to evaluate the health information that you find on the Web. It is about 16 minutes long.

Public Health Agency of Canada
Canadian government health website.  Includes information on diseases and conditions, health and safety, research and statistics, travel health notices, and latest news on the Canadian health front.

MedlinePlus
A free database similar to Medline, accessible without a library card.