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Description from publisher:
Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers and health care professionals, Health Reference Center Academic integrates millions of articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters and select consumer health information sources with full-text reference works and hundreds of health-related multimedia, all available 24/7 through an intuitive, state-of-the-art interface: Gale PowerSearch.

Health Reference Center Academic features:
  • 24/7 access to peer-reviewed journals in medicine, health, nursing and allied health and other health-related areas with backfiles to 1980
  • Videos of medical procedures and live surgeries from OR-Live
  • International news coverage from Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, NewsRx and Ascribe
  • More than 2,500 topical overviews from Clinical Reference Systems
  • Cross-product searchable via Gale PowerSearch with eBooks operating on the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform
  • And much more

>> Please click here to access Health Reference Center Academic.
Access Options:


This database can be accessed from any of Thrall Library's public Internet or research computers.

Concerning access outside the library:

Members of Middletown Thrall Library may log in to this service using their library barcode.

Tips & Special Features:


This database begins in a "Basic Search" mode to let you search by keyword. Below the search box you will see a phrase saying "Search for words in" followed by three options: Subject, Keyword, and Entire Document.

An "Advanced Search" option also exists at the top of the database page. Clicking it produces a new search page with more options yet. You can search multiple fields (e.g. Document Title, Author, Subject) simultaneously.

Search results are grouped below different tabs near the top of the page: Magazines, Academic Journals, Books, News, Multimedia.

You can alter the order of search results by clicking the "Sort By" menu to switch from Publication Date (the default setting) to Relevance (which attempts to calculate, based on word proximity and frequency in matching documents, and display the most relevant matches).

If you receive a large number of search results, you can search further "within these results" by typing additional keywords into the search box above and to the left of search results.
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Technical Considerations:
Before printing, be sure to click the Printer icon located at the top of any article page. This will reformat the page in a "printer friendly" format, enabling you to print more on fewer pages.

Printing at the library costs $ .20 per page. Please inquire at the Reference Department if you are not sure how to print.

This database also allows you to e-mail articles you find to your own e-mail account. To do so, look for the e-mail icon at the top of a newspaper article page, click the icon, and carefully enter your e-mail address on the next web page that appears.

There is no cost for e-mailing articles, and you may e-mail as many articles to yourself as you like!

Some documents are available in the PDF format. These documents can be viewed at home if your computer has the free Adobe Reader software installed.


If you would like some assistance in using this database or finding any information, please speak with one of our librarians at the Reference Department or contact us:

By telephone: (845) 341-5461

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