Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Presenter: Travis Holder
Location: Second Floor Temporary Classroom
Learn the fundamentals of PubMed searching.
The following sites cover a variety of medical, scientific, reference, and educational topics. Browse the list or click hyperlinked keywords in the descriptions to find related resources. This list can be searched simultaneously with the Databases list.
Provider: State of Texas/Texas Legislative Council
Description: Searchable database of Texas law. Look up the Texas Code section by section, or search by keyword for a term in all or in specific sections, and find your term highlighted wherever it appears within the full text of results. Download full text in pdf or zip file format.
Keywords: law, Texas
Provider: Library of Congress
Description: Until the end of 2014, the Library of Congress will continue to provide this searchable portal to a wide range of Congressional documents and activities-- directories, bills and resolutions, committee reports, treaties, the Congressional Record's Daily Digest, the U.S. Code, primary historical resources like the Federalist Papers-- and also links with other sites, most notably USA.gov, the official gateway to all US government information. After 2014, the new site for all this information will be Congress.gov (currently http://beta.congress.gov ).
Keywords: Congress, U.S. Government
Provider: Treatment Advocacy Center
Description: The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This site provides a guide to each state's laws governing the eligibility criteria that must be met for commitment for inpatient and outpatient mental illness treatment. A "Library" of free documents is also filterable by state and topic. A searchable section called "Preventable Tragedies" chronicles incidents involving individuals with neurobiological disorders.
Keywords: advocacy, consumer health, law, law enforcement, mental health, psychiatry, social services
Provider: World Health Organization (WHO)
Description: Fact sheets, statistics, information on WHO programs addressing prevention and control, and other publications from the World Health Organization on tropical diseases and neglected tropical diseases are available here.
Keywords: diagnosis, disease, education, medicine, public health, travel medicine, WHO
Provider: National Library of Medicine
Description: An online archive of medical texts from the 15th to the 17th centuries, including Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica and Robert Hooke's Micrographia. System requirements posted in a tab at the top; Macromedia Flash Player or its equivalent required.
Keywords: history of medicine
Provider: United States Census Bureau
Description: QuickFacts provides various local-level views of community characteristics through key demographic variables. Search by U.S. city or town, county, state or ZIP Code. This data can support efforts to tailor health education and communication to particular audiences, so they receive critical public health information in a format that is relevant, intelligible and timely.
Keywords: census, community, data, demographics, economy, emergency preparedness, general reference, population, public health
Provider: DHHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Description: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disasters and Emergencies page covers specific types of natural and man-made disasters, and is a portal linking to information resources for citizens, health professionals, federal, state and local governments, and businesses.
Keywords: bioterrorism, communicable diseases, consumer health, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, public health, U.S. Government
Provider: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Description: This website emphasizes the Environmental Protection Agency's pledge to "protect human health and the environment." The latest EPA news is featured here, but more importantly, the site provides numerous in-depth topic sections: acid rain, asbestos, global warming, hazardous waste, human health, oil spills, etc.. Click at upper right to read the EPA's website in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean. Some topics include links to the text of relevant laws and regulations.
Keywords: bioethics, biohazard, chemicals, consumer health, current events, environmental, federal agencies, government, healthcare, healthcare policy, law, nature, news, policy, public affairs, public health, toxins, U.S. Government
Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Description: The Food and Drug Administration states the main points of its very broad mission as: "...protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation." This website presents a large amount of useful consumer information and health-related news, as well as providing a public account of the FDA's many activities and efforts on behalf of the citizenry.
Keywords: animal, biohazard, chemicals, clinical trials, consumer health, drugs, environmental, federal agencies, general health, law, legal, licensing, products, public affairs, public health, research, toxicology, U.S. Government, veterinary medicine, wellness
Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
Description: The USGS researches, monitors trends, and provides impartial scientific information on geologic topics, from Earth's ecosystems and environment to natural hazards like volcano and earthquake activity, floods, storms and drought, to the impacts of climate and land-use change on natural resources, to the geomagnetic field and meteorite activity.
Keywords: data, disaster, disease, environmental, federal agencies, general reference, geology, geoscience, hurricane, maps, microbiology, minerals, natural sciences, news, pandemic, reports, research, science, scientist, seismology, statistical, U.S. Government, weather
Provider: United Nations
Description: This is the United Nations website devoted to the UN's and its partners' activities in response to the global AIDS epidemic and in support of its goal of halting and reversing the spread of AIDS by 2015. Information on care, support, testing, counseling, prevention, research, societal and cultural issues are to be found here, as well as free full text publications relating to all aspects of the epidemic.
Keywords: AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), health services, health statistics, international, population, public health, social services
Provider: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Description: This is the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Keywords: astronomy, international, multicultural, multidisciplinary, multilingual, natural sciences, social sciences
Provider: United Way Houston
Description: The United Way supports the needy through its many sub-agencies and service centers in the Greater Houston area, all of which are listed here. Disaster recovery is one of the many needs addressed by this charity. United Way's 2-1-1- helpline can be dialed from the website, and emailing questions via the website is also an option.
Keywords: disaster, jobs, multilingual, poverty, social services, women, workforce
Provider: Medical Library Association
Description: This resource provides tips on how to judge whether a website purveying medical information is trustworthy and authoritative. It also presents links to high quality sources of such information. The guide "...outlines the collective wisdom of medical librarians who surf the web every day to discover quality information in support of clinical and scientific decision making by doctors, scientists, and other health practitioners responsible for the nation's health."
Keywords: consumer health, education, ethics, information literacy, Internet, libraries, medicine