How To: Health Online at the Library

Learning about our health questions and symptoms on the internet is very common, but it can also be confusing.  When trying to find answers to your health-related questions, it is extremely important to use trusted, authoritative resources to find current and accurate information.

Luckily, Halifax Public Libraries has a list of health reference databases and guides you can access through the E-Library tab. In the drop-down menu, look under By Subject, and select Health & Wellness to access these resources.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

If you want to learn about something new, this is a great place to start. The Health & Wellness Center always has different featured health topics on their home page. You can also browse topics alphabetically or by category. Search results include related encyclopedia articles, as well as articles from academic journals, magazines, news, audio, and video clips.

LGBTQ+ Health Guide

The LGBTQ+ Health Guide has been created to support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in Nova Scotia. Under the Community tab, you’ll find a variety of information including LGBTQ+ friendly health care providers, social support groups, and book recommendations among others.

Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library provides summaries about current research on a topic. They also provide Clinical Answers, which are answers to questions that health professionals ask. If you’re interested in current medical research, this is a great place to start.

Health Reference Center Academic

The Academic version of the Gale Health Reference Center includes studies from academic journals. They also have magazine articles, books, videos, and audio clips about health conditions. If you are looking for summaries of academic articles written in a more accessible language, try visiting the Cochrane Library.

Nova Scotia Health Authority Patient Education Guide  

This excellent local guide will help you find reliable, current health information. Put together by the Library Services’ team at Nova Scotia Health Authority, the website includes information relevant to Nova Scotians.

Don’t forget, we have a wide selection of health books in our physical collection as well.  Search our online catalogue or visit your local library branch. We’re here to help you find what you’re looking for.