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Facts On File Launches Redesign of Health Reference Center

Posted Jan 9, 2008
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Facts On File has announced the launch of the redesigned and updated Health Reference Center database. This redesign offers a new interface, greater functionality, new special features, a significant amount of new content, and more.

Among the enhancements are:

·                    A new interface—The home page has been redesigned to be more visually appealing as well as to offer faster, more direct access to the database’s content by bringing forward content areas of interest to high school students and the general public.

·                    New images and videos—More than 560 educational videos on a wide range of health topics have been added, along with more than 460 new images. The videos, which are searchable and browsable, include captions that provide users with contextual information.

·                    News articles—The new “Health in the News” section features regularly updated health news articles, as well as an archive of past headlines, separated by topic for easy browsing.

·                    Comprehensive subject and health center guides—The newly developed “Explore Subjects” and “Health Centers” sections bring forward broad and inclusive information on issues important to schools and public library users. Content is organized into five subjects: Body Systems, Conditions and Diseases, Drug Abuse and Addiction, Mental Health and Developmental Disorders, and Nutrition and Wellness. Special Health Centers call out articles focusing on health topics affecting four demographic groups: women, men, children, and seniors.

·                    New content—Hundreds of new entries have been added from Facts On File’s and Chelsea House’s print titles, covering key areas such as addiction, learning disabilities, adoption, sports medicine, stress-related diseases, and more.

·                    A more effective search results page—Search results are now organized using a new tabbed interface, are listed by relevancy, and display record type (such as “All Results,” “Topics,” “Images and Videos,” “News Articles,” “Organizations,” and more).

·                    Improved search and browse tools—Search terms are now highlighted, making it easy for users to narrow in on specific terms within an entry. Editorially picked related links, extensive in-text hyperlinks, and suggested searches guide further research. A persistent record link at the end of each page allows users to share records.

·                    Special features:

-                      “Editor’s Feature of the Month” highlighting a timely topic

-                      Searchable and browsable sections with detailed information on medical tests, drugs, and organizations

-                      Clickable food pyramid

-                      BMI calculator

-                      Listing of various hotlines to help students struggling with a wide range of issues from depression and suicide to rape and domestic violence.

Source: Fact on File,

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