pathfinders are designed for public librarians and health
information specialists. Each pathfinder reflects the intuitive
nature of reference work. Pathfinders are not meant to be
used with clients, but as learning opportunities for enhancing
confidence in your ability to retrieve information. Users
are encouraged to follow their inclinations to browse links
within links and explore the wealth and variety of quality
health and medical information available on the World Wide
The dynamic nature of the World Wide Web can result in unexpected
changes to any resource at any time. There is no guarantee
that a path that worked one time will work the next. However,
the process of finding information integral to HEALTHINFOQUEST
should still allow you to adapt to any
changes and find the information you are seeking.
Pathfinders are designed to accommodate your inclinations to
explore outside links while remaining in a pathfinder.
This pop-up window icon indicates every link to a resource
that will appear in a new browser window.
Here are several ideas for arranging windows:
- Resize both windows so that the pathfinder window and
the resource window are side by side.
- Maximize both windows so they fill the monitor screen,
then toggle between the two.
- Print out the pathfinder and use it while following the
pathways through the Web resources.
Keep in mind that HEALTHINFOQUEST
is designed for information specialists and not for
the lay public. Pathfinders are not designed to be used
at the point of client contact.
Experiment until you find what works best for you.
You can begin with any pathfinder. The Terminology
pathfinder is a good place to start as it is the logical beginning
for most health and medical reference questions. Knowing where
and how to find correct pronunciations and definitions of
terms can help you put your client at ease in a situation
where clear communication is imperative. Other pathfinders
may be used in any order for independent learning or review.
Each pathfinder is designed as a step-by-step process through
several online resources. The goal is to provide maximum opportunity
for busy professionals to examine a resource with minimum
It should take less than 15 minutes to go through any particular
pathfinder. However, the more you explore the available information
the more time you can spend.
Here are several ideas:
- Closely follow a pathfinder to minimize your time commitment.
- Try to answer the test question at the end of each pathfinder
if you have time.
- The same Web resources may be incorporated into a number
of pathfinders. Exploring different pathfinders can maximize
your time and help you develop a "feel" for the
- Go through the "When and How
to Use" section. (Access is from both the Site
Map and the Site Help.) Learn more about the primary resources
used in HEALTHINFOQUEST
separate from the pathfinders.
For more ideas for using HEALTHINFOQUEST,
see Other Uses.