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Access to Reliable Health Information

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Consumer Health Complete

You may be searching for health information, but are overwhelmed by the vast number of health websites available online.  It can be difficult to determine which information is reliable and which might be biased or inaccurate. If you’re facing this problem, we encourage you to check out our health-related reference databases available on our website. We have several to choose from and they cover a wide range of topics:

  • Consumer Health Complete allows you to access reports, encyclopedias, magazine articles, and fact sheets. You can search for specific words or phrases, or browse through topics such as Pregnancy, Children's Health, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Medications, and Surgeries & Procedures.
  • MEDLINE was created by the National Library of Medicine and allows you to search information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
  • Alt Health Watch gives you access to recent journals, books, and newspaper articles available through EbscoHost. It provides perspectives on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness.

We also have several Gale Encyclopedias available online that cover various health and fitness topics. Among these are:

Please remember these databases are not a substitute for a visit to your doctor, but they are a great place to educate yourself and to find questions to take with you on your visit.

Thin Mints, Trefoils and Caramel deLites

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Logo for St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture e-reference book

It’s that time of year.  Girl Scouts are out and about selling their delicious cookies.  But how much do you know about the organization behind the baked goods?   For instance:

  • How many girls currently belong to the GSUSA (Girl Scouts of America)?
  • Is there any relationship between the Girls Scouts and the Boy Scouts?
  • How has this organization served girls in their role in society since its founding?
  • Where can one find books to read on this topic?

Find the answers in the databases Pop Culture Universe and the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture as well as the GSUSA website.

And how much do you know about the cookie sale?  Can you answer these questions?

(Hint: click on the word “cookie” or “cookies” in each question below to find the anwer.)

  • In what year did Girl Scouts begin selling cookies?
  • What is the recipe for the simple homemade sugar cookies that the Girl Scouts made in the 1920s and 1930s?
  • Do Girl Scout cookies contain trans fats?  
  • Which variety of  cookie is their best seller?  
  • In January 2012 a group of Girl Scouts in Cleveland, Ohio refused to sell cookies.  What were they protesting?

The Columbus Dispatch published recommendations for pairing Girl Scout Cookies with alcoholic beverages in the February 16, 2015 edition of the paper. In 2009 the Food Section of the Dispatch published a simple cheesecake  recipe using the Dulce de Leche cookies that were a brand new cookie at the time. The GSUSA is offering a grand prize of $500 to the winner of their recipe contest.

Happy munching!

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.

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