You can now do Medline searches on the Web without a subscription. At
the Free Medline
site you can search the literature as far back as it is available in the
data base, and you can choose different levels of complexity for your search.
Medline also lets you use a quite sophisticated branching search methodology
simply by opting to find articles related to the ones that most closely
suit your needs.
The Centers for Disease Control also makes its publications available
on the internet, including Morbidity & Mortality Weekly and
special reports. A search engine for finding CDC documents can be found
Health Statistics & Demographics
The Centers for Disease Control offers a wide variety of statistics from
the many data bases and surveillance
systems it maintains. In particular, the
National Center for Health Statistics makes a wide variety of publications,
unpublished statistical tables and data sets available online. These include
both national and state-by-state health indicators and mortality information.
To see what's available, go to the NCHS
For profiles of local demographics broken down by Chicago community
area or by Illinois county, go to the site maintained by the Geography
Program at UIC. The "quick
report form" here can be used to pull up any number of useful demographic
breakdowns of Chicago community areas based on the 1990 census. For
more recent estimates of many demographic variables, go to the U.S.
Census Bureau Site.
The Chicago community area health indicators can be accessed on the
Department of Public Health or the University
of Chicago Center for Health Administration Studies sites. The latter
also offers a list of links
to local and national health, demographic and social survey data bases.
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General Internet Resources
A number of search engines are available to sift through the enormous numbers
of Web sites and return the addresses of those which contain your key words.
In Netscape you can always access a set of search engines on a rotating
basis by pressing the "Net Search" button in the menu bar.
Some of the search engines that are useful for finding grant-related
sites are Google, Yahoo, MSN, AllTheWeb, Go,
Alta Vista, Hotbot, Lycos, Teoma, Gigablast and WiseNUT. There are also now
meta-search engines that will do searches using several available search
engines. One that uses "natural language" and works pretty well is
Many federal documents on the Web require an Adobe Acrobat reader to
view them (these are documents with a .PDF extension). This software can
be downloaded at Adobe
Acrobat Free Reader
Several free services are now available that take advantage of the omnipresence
of web servers. MyHQ is a service
by which you can store your bookmarks on a server so they may be accessed
from different computers in different locations. There are also a number
of free services that will allow you to store files online so that you
or anyone with the correct password can retrieve them from any computer.
A summary of the available services can be found here.
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Health Policy Sites
These sites contain downloadable reports on health related issues, and
many also include lists of useful links related to health and social policy:
Epidemiology & Statistical Analysis
Some good sites which will calculate
sample size interactively online are:
Also on the Internet, you can find basic tutorials
on the use of statistics in clinical and epidemiological research:
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A "Supercourse" on epidemiology, found at
includes several tutorials for statistical treatment of both epidemiological
and clinical research. This site includes a lecture on determining sample
size for surveys.
The electronic British Medical Journal has
an online book, "Statistics at Square One" which is a good basic overview
of the use of statistics in clinical research. It can be found at: http://www.bmj.com/statsbk/
Many times when writing a grant application you will want the endorsement
of local elected officials. A directory
maintained by the County Clerk gives a complete listing of elected officials
in Cook County and how to reach them.
Read the latest CCBHS Grants Newsletter
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