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Health & Wellness spotlight

Discover the Health & Wellness Resource Centre Database

  • find lists of trusted medical websites
  • research prescription drugs
  • find information on a disease or medical condition
  • look up symptom information and which drugs you can take for them
  • calculate your risk for diseases like cancer or osteoporosis

health and wellness resource


What's a database? It looks a regular website to me.

A database is a collection of thousands of magazine, academic journal and newspaper articles that are not available on the "regular" Internet. The Library buys memberships to these sites so you can have access to this information.

Why should I use a database? I can find this info on the web with a google search.

Mmmm.... most of these articles aren't available on the "regular" Internet and you may find some info on the web after you've combed through 200, 000 search results. But the information in these articles has been checked for accuracy. Database articles are ideal for health research ... or any kind of research. They provide a reliable source of information. After all, no one is checking the  "regular"  Internet to ensure the information is accurate and up-to-date!

Okay, you've convinced me. How do I visit the Health & Wellness database?

It's easy. Have your library card ready and click on this link.  If you're outside of the library, you'll be asked to type in your library card. A Knowledge Ontario screen will appear - simply click on proceed. Sure, it may take 15 seconds longer than getting to google initially but the quality of the information you get and the more accurate search results make searching faster than google once you get there. 

See all our Information Databases.