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Finding Quality Health & Wellness Info Online: Diseases, Illnesses, Conditions

Google Flu

Google Flu Trends looks at what words people around the world are searching for and uses this aggregated data to estimate current flu activity in near real-time.

First Aid

WebMD has a great First Aid & Emergencies section.  Includes when to call 911, and all steps are on one page.

Symptom Checker


  • Natural language
  • Different regions of the world
  • Red flag indicators - seek treatment immediatly
  • Common indicators



Comprehensive, well-researched information about health topics.

Advanced Recommended

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

This database was designed to organize evidence-based health information so that it can be printed out in advance and taken by patients to a medical appointment.

Tests & Procedures

HealthLinkBC provides a comprehensive list of medical tests and how to prepare for them

Lab Tech

Flickr Creative Commons User: Lab Science Career

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Kathleen Reed
Assessment and Data Librarian
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
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Phone: 250-753-3245
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