Hello! And welcome to the New Year and the newly-refurbished Herrick Community Health Care Library website! We have been busy through the holidays with our little elves and hope you will click around on our website to check out the changes. We have been working to update links and add resources as we continue efforts to keep you connected with some of the best health, wellness, and medical information available online.
For starters, we have upgraded our Health Information section. By clicking on one of the 14 pictures (see sample at left), you are taken to even more specific medical information. Clicking on Reliable Health Links will take you to trusted and free sites that offer a wealth of information. We recommend starting with MedlinePlus from the National Institutes of Health when searching for basic information about health topics, drugs & supplements, or health & surgery videos.
If you want specific information on a health or medical condition, then we suggest the Diseases and Conditions section which has in-depth information on such things as arthritis, cancer, complementary and alternative medicine, eye, dental, and hearing. If you are looking for a specific medication, try the Drugs, Herbs, and Vitamins section. There you will find Drugs@FDA from the Food and Drug Administration; the Office of Dietary Supplements with the latest information on supplements and safe levels to take; Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs for getting the most for your money; and even How to Create a Pill Card for keeping track of your medications.
Going to Articles & Encyclopedias will take you to our Gale databases: Health and Wellness Resource Center, which offers articles, encyclopedia entries, and a dictionary; Health Reference Center Academic featuring articles from nursing and allied health journals; and General OneFile (Infotrac), which provides millions of articles on general and health-related topics. These are a great resource for the student in the family! The Natural Medicines database is also here, featuring information on complementary, alternative and integrative therapies. A library card is needed to view the databases from home.
In the dashboard at the top of the page, About Herrick Library will give you access to information about our hours, current art exhibit, and library activities such as our monthly Wellness Wednesday health talk and movie. A digital copy of our current newsletter is also posted there, where you can check out our newest books and videos.
Clicking on Health Insurance directs you to Covered CA, California’s part of the ACA which you can sign up for through January 31, 2018, and to Medicare and Medi-Cal websites.
Below that you will find our Catalog, which lists all of our books, magazines and videos.
Please note that we are also now mobile friendly, so you can access and view us while on the go!
If you have any questions about the website or any suggestions about how to improve things for you, as the primary user, please let one of the library staff members know.