Look up a wealth of free health information on Jeff Library’s databases | Entertainment/Life

Patrons looking for health care information have a lot of resources at their fingertips thanks to the library’s partnership with EBSCO.

To access the database, go to the library’s homepage, and then find the tab in the bar at the top of the page titled “databases.” Click on the tab titled “EBSCOhost” in the right-hand column.

You’ll find several resources to find health care information.

Alt Healthwatch: This database focuses on holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers articles from more than 180 international and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. It features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

CINAHL: This is a resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. It provides indexing for 2,928 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. It contains more than 1 million records dating back to 1981.

Consumer Health Reference eBook Collection: This ebook reference collection offers a selection of titles covering a broad range of general health topics, including disease such as cancer and diabetes, weight management and exercise, allergies, senior care, social emotional health, developmental disorders, and natural health.

Health Source — Consumer Edition: This database is a collection of consumer health information, providing facts on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, child care, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition: This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

MEDLINE: It provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from more than 5,400 current biomedical journals.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection: This collection is a comprehensive database of information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. This is the world’s largest full-text psychology database offering full-text coverage for nearly 400 journals.

GET STREAMING: Kanopy, one of two streaming movie resources offered free, has a new line-up of documentaries, and one is Megafires. This six-part series focuses on the science behind natural catastrophes and helps audiences to understand these spectacular moments of Earth’s anger. Kanopy has related videos on earthquakes, droughts, avalanches, lightning, and of course, hurricanes.

Hoopla: The other free streaming movie resource offers a collection of movie musicals, including: “Hair,” “Chicago,” “Les Miserables,” “Yentl,” and “Gypsy.”

LOOK IT UP: Oct. 16 is Dictionary Day, and it commemorates the birthday of Noah Webster, who’s credited with Americanizing the English language to make it “less complicated” than British English. It’s also “Look It Up” Day.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All Jefferson Parish library locations have resumed pre-COVID hours and are operating at 75% capacity. Library collections and stacks are now open for patron use. Curbside service is available on request.

Study rooms are also open on a first-come, first-served basis for limited-time use. Public computers are available for use by appointment only, due to limited stations in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Mandatory face coverings and temperature screening upon entrance are still required.

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