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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Expand the search to web based material
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The previous examples show that traditional library methods can provide starting points in a search for health statistics publications. To be successful, the researcher must draw on material in a number of places and diverse formats.

Consequently, searchers might try to:
  • Use printed reports and books as the starting point rather than the end of a search. For example, you might start with a standard compilation of health statistics—such as Health, United States. See Example for a detailed discussion of how to use Health US
  • Focus on key Internet portals that provide an array of resources and finding aids. [A number of these are introduced in this course. You can find a list of them on the HSRR NLM website.]
  • Use both search engines—such as Google or Google Scholar--and online catalogs of health statistics material—such as DHHS’ Gateway to Data and Statistics.
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