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Gateways & Portals. We previously looked at this Health topics page. Since it directs users to material within the WHO website, it serves as a portal. We have accessed the Library and Information Networks for Knowledge Databases page. We will click on the Access WHOLIS link.

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    1. Gateways & Portals We previously looked at this Health topics page. Since it directs users to material within the WHO website, it serves as a portal.

    2. We have accessed the Library and Information Networks for Knowledge Databases page. We will click on the Access WHOLIS link.

    3. We have opened the initial page of the World Health Organization (WHO) website. We will examine the contents in the left-column frame. Note: for all the WHO sites, the slides will include the site’s url or web address. We have entered a keyword search bednets AND malaria and will click on Search. Other search options include author, title, subject, series, periodical title plus library, language, format, type, location and publication years.

    4. The bednets AND malaria search located 14 titles. 7 have a Full Text Link. We have clicked on Keep for 4 articles and the box has changed to Remove. This gives us the option to save or e-mail these citations. We now will click on the Full Text Link for the first article.

    5. This is the PDF version of the article retrieved by clicking on the Full Text Link.

    6. From the original Search results page, we have clicked on the Try these too... Option of Antimalarials. The results for this search are 381 titles. Note the Try these too... suggestion for this search.

    7. We now will examine the WHO Statistical Information Systems (WHOSIS) website. We will click on Customized Search/Select from a list of regions/countries, indicators and time periods and locate statistics about Jamaica.

    8. We have checked the box for Jamaica onthe Regions/countries page and will proceed to Indicators Note that you can browse by Browse by a region.

    9. We have checked the boxes for the World Age-standardized mortality rates for cancer, cardiovascular disease, injuries and non-communicable diseases Indicators. Finally, we will proceed to the Time period page. Note that you can Browse by an indicator category.

    10. We have displayed the results for the four Indicators and Jamaica.

    11. We have opened the WHO Global InfoBase, another Data and Statistics resource that contains information about chronic diseases and their risk factors. Again, we will search for statistics on Jamaica.

    12. This slide has displayed the Country Collected Data on the various chronic disease surveys for Jamaica. Note the various search tools for this database.

    13. The Global Health Library (GHL) is another database of WHO and a source for reliable Internet health information. We have entered a search for swine flu and clicked on Regional Indexes option and Search . The GHL also contains links to Global and Regional Indexes.

    14. This search has displayed 238 Results with options for accessing the documents .

    15. We have entered the initial page of Bireme’s Virtual Health Library. This gateway contains numerous Information Sources and we will look at the Evidence Portal . Note the keyword Search barthat allows you to limit your search to specific indexes and sources.

    16. We have clicked on the Information Sources Evidence Portal. In the Search box, the Results are 16941 citations for Systematic reviews. You could add specific keywords or, access all or some of the indices to this Systematic reviews search.

    17. We have opened the Information Sources Evidence Portal articles. This time, in the Search box, we have limited the search to Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Results are 2381 citations. Again, you can could add specific keywords or, access all or some of the indices.

    18. We have opened the initial page of Bireme’s Scientific Electronic Library Online (SCIELO). It is a gateway to online e-journals from PAHO participating countries. Note that you have Search article, Search by journals, By alphabetical list and By Subject options.

    19. We have opened the Available issues of the West Indian Medical Journal. We will click on the most recent issue – Vol. 57, Issue 6. Note that you can search by issues, author and subject.

    20. We have opened the Table of contents page for this issue of West Indian Medical Journal. Note that the full-text articles are available as text in english (html) and pdf in english.

    21. Highlighted Sites We will view several Highlighted Sites – to examine the scope of information produced by WHO and WHO Regional Offices. This initial example is the Health Library for Disasters, a portal from the PAHO region. Note The topics include list, the Search by keyword tool and Desastres Journal.

    22. We have opened the initial page of the WHO medicines bookshelf 1.0 – the web version of a CD-ROM that consists of 95 information resources primarily from the WHO Essential Drugs and Medicines Department. Note the various ways that you can search in this collection.

    23. The WHO produces numerous useful publications. We are viewing the initial page of the Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER),a tool for the rapid and accurate dissemination of disease outbreaks information. From this page, you can access the current and previous WER reports.

    24. Our final Highlighted Site is the 2009 Edition of the International travel and health report. Note all hyperlinked resources including International Health Regulations, Diseases Distribution Maps and Updates for Travellers. This is the end of the WHO Resources module. There is a Work Book with working examples that covers the topics included in this module. Updated 04 2010