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MedlinePlus for Librarians

MedlinePlusAnswering health related questions at the Information Desk can be a challenge. What sources do you go to? How do you know the source has quality, authoritative, and accurate content?

MedlinePlus is one of my go-to resources to share with library staff and I was pleased to see a new training tool In a recent Public Libraries & Healthy Communities newsletter from National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). It's an online on-demand course called MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. The class takes about an hour to complete and you can do it at your convenience.

The course gives a very thorough overview of Medline Plus including the sources used in MedlinePlus and their quality guidelines. NNLMSources are regularly checked and updated by National Library of Medicine librarians. In addition. the course covers the Health Topics and Drugs & Supplements areas along with many other features of the site. To make sure you're following along, the course includes periodic Knowledge Checks (or quizzes). I've completed two of the modules and have passed all the Knowledge Checks (so far).

To access the course, you'll need to create an account with some basic information. Once you receive an email with the link to set up your password, you can log in and get started. This is an great way to enhance your knowledge about health information and MedlinePlus and be able to confidently help your patron's with their health information needs.





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