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

The Challenges
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Special Challenges
Researchers and reference librarians face special challenges when using library resources to find health statistics. The variety of sources and differences in the way material is handled make these searches more complicated.

These challenges evoke integrated responses using both traditional library and Internet resources.

Key Features
  • Health Statistics are widely scattered in the published literature and in many web locations.
  • They are not easy to find, nor do they follow the consistent pattern of an organized collection.
  • In view of this, standard library reference approaches can and frequently do miss important material.

New Developments
In the previous version of this course we separated searching in traditional libraries from Internet searches. However, in the past 7 years, the use of Internet publication has grown to the point where this division no longer makes sense. This revision therefore integrates print and Internet formats and focuses on how they can be used together to fashion integrated search strategies.

In this section of the course we build on concepts introduced earlier and feature approaches to searching for health statistics using both traditional publications and the Internet.
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