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CLA101, 102, 103 Braught

This Course Guide will help you find credible information in library databases on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, history and epidemiology of a disease.

Reputable resources on the internet

In-class activity (if time)

Using Jamboard, jot down answers to these two questions.

  • WHAT are characteristics of a "reputable source"?
  • WHO creates reputable health-related information? Which organizations and/or people?

Reputable sources for disease information

Pay it forward! As you identify reputable sources, tell Jane. We're going to build this list out in class and help the next students identify good places to search. <3  (List last updated Nov. 2019).

  • CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention -
  • NIH - National Institutes of Health -
  • NLM - National Library of Medicine -
  • WHO - World Health Organization -
  • NHGRI - National Human Genome Research Institution -
  • Mayo Clinic -

Make Google find the reputable sources

You can build a savvy Google search like this:

Screenshot of Google search.

Google is searching:

  1. The CDC's website
  2. For information about "Hepatitis B"
  3. And the title of the webpage has to include the word history

This search retrieved 45 results (Oct. 2020).

Google like a librarian

We all use it - now let's learn to use it better!

  1. Use quotation marks around your search terms to search for the words in the exact order you would like, instead of separately.
    Google - "quotation marks"
    "viral hepatitis"
    "lab tests"
  2. Use intitle: to retrieve webpages with your keywords in the title of the webpage.
    Google - intitle: search
    intitle:"diagnosis of viral hepatitis"               
    intitle:"viral hepatitis" intitle:"lab tests"
  3. Use site:. to retrieve webpages from URLs in the domain (.gov, .edu, .org) you specify.  
    Google - site:. search
    intitle:"viral hepatitis"
    intitle:"viral hepatitis"
    "viral hepatitis"
  4. Use - (a hyphen or minus sign) in front of words to exclude them from your search results.
    Google - NOT
  5. Use OR in between words to have either or both of the words included in your search results. OR must be capitalized. This is a good way to search for synonyms.
    Google - OR
    In the above example, Google will find results that include (election AND fraud) and (voter AND fraud).
  6. Use filetype: to retrieve specific types of files (instead of html webpages). Works for finding most file types.
    filetype: search
  7. Use several strategies at once for very specific results.
    Google - all of the above search strategies!

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