In this tutorial, you will learn how to locate health-related information using the keyword search box, Quick Find, and Browsing Popular sources.

This database supports the information needs of patients and health consumers.  It also aims to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides information covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

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Part 1. Keyword Searching and Source Type Tabs

Take a look at the Home page of Consumer Health Complete.  As you can see there are many different ways to access information. 

What are some of the different ways you can locate information on a specific health topic?

In the search box type in hay fever and click search.  

How many search results do you see?

All available source types appear as tabs.

What source type of are these results?

All reports, also known as Patient Fact Sheets, have the same format.

Go ahead and click on the tab that reads Reference Books

How many results to you have for Reference Books and hay fever?

Reference Books are just one of the many types of documents and health information available in this database.  The Reference Book results are made up primarily of book chapters. 


Next, click on the tab that reads Drug & Herbs.  From the Drug & Herbs results click on the HTML Full-Text link for

What type of information do you see for Pseudoephedrine?

 (hint: you will need to scroll down)


Click on Result List (near top left of page) to get back to the list of results.


Let's take a look at one more type of document.  Click on the last tab for Videos & Animations.  Most of the videos and animations in Consumer Health Complete are from Blausen's Human Atlas, a medical animation library. 

If the device you're using supports Flash, go ahead and watch the brief video. 


Part 2: Using Quick Find to locate information.

Quick find allows you to locate and browse for information by topic, alphabetically.  Let's look for information on SARS.  To do this, click on the letter S in the Quick Find box in the upper right corner of the screen. Scroll down and click on Sars

What type of information on SARS do you see?

Next, let's look at the Tools we have for working with the article.

Look in the upper right corner of the article on SARS. Which one is not a way that you can retrieve or use the article?

Let's go back to the Home page.  To do this click on Home or the Consumer Health Complete icon in the upper left corner of page. 

Part 3: Browsing by Popular Sources.

Let's take a look at browsing by Popular Sources.  This offers browsing and searching of medical encyclopedias and health-related reference books and journals.  Toward the bottom of the page click on the Popular Source Men's Fitness.

In the Search within this publication box, type in prostate cancer.  Then click Search.  

How many article do you retrieve?

From here you can browse through the articles and read them online or print, email, or save them.


You have completed this tutorial and gained a practical understanding of Consumer Health Complete database which is specifically designed to provide health care information for the everyday consumer. 

We encourage you to spend more time exploring Consumer Health Complete and its variety of features with topics that interest you.

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