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Graphic of steaming cup of tea

The wind is howling and the snow is falling in big flakes.  You shiver just looking out the window.  Winter is getting you down.  What can you do?  Make yourself a nice cup of tea, curl up and relax. 

While you’re sipping you may want to learn more about that brew in your cup.  If so, you don’t need to move from your cozy chair.  Just log on to the library’s website using your favorite electronic device.

  • For an overview on tea, peruse this article from the Gale Science in Context database. 
  • For recipes from your friends and neighbors in UA there is the UA Recipe Collection on our website.  It contains recipes that have appeared in the annual UA Library holiday cookbooks through the years.
  • Collect recipes in which tea is used to flavor such dishes as turkey burgers, frozen popsicles, quinoa salad, or roast chicken in the article ‘Cooking with Tea: Think Outside the Pot’ from the Canadian journal Alive: Canada’s Health and Wellness Magazine .   A handy list of tea varieties is included. 
  • View the plant from which tea was made by the Oswego Indians 
  • And get a  recipe for an herb tea the Native Americans taught the colonists to make.
  • View a description of the tea plant (not herb teas)
  • Read about one traveler’s pursuit of tea in this National Geographic article from the June/July 2014 issue titled “Steeped in Darjeeling: the Search for the Perfect Cup of Tea”
  • Or read an article in the Harvard Men’s Health Letter, September 1, 2014, about the health benefits of drinking tea, .
  • If you’re a fan of Chai teas at Starbucks or Panera, you might want to know how many calories and how much added sugar is in them.  This article from the Science Reference Center database tells you and compares them to your favorite coffee drink  
  • And while you’re at it learn some statistics about tea including a comparison of the amount of caffeine in coffee and tea.
  • Is Green Tea a superfood?  Read a balanced article from the Washington Post , February 17, 2015 on the scientific basis for superfood claims.
  • A proliferation of tearooms sprang up in the U. S. in the early twentieth century.  Read a brief article about their history in the Daily Life through History database.

Enjoy your tea!

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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.