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FYS Cancer, Covid, and Health: Fact and Fiction: Start Here

Library resources in support of Dr. Zewail-Foote's 2022 FYS

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Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? What is fact and fiction when it comes to human health and medicine? We will examine this question and more by using two example human diseases, cancer and the corona virus disease 19 (Covid-19). In today’s world, it has become increasingly difficult to discern what is true, and what is false, about how diseases work and how we effectively prevent or heal them. Together, we will explore the biological, environmental, social, economic, cultural, and other factors that impact individual and community health outcomes

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The databases featured in this box are particularly useful for this class. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub


Books at Smith Library Center

Searching For Information in Our Library Catalog

Think about keywords related to medicine or health in general, or a specific issue, to start your search in the library's WorldCat catalog. 

When you find a good item, open the Description section of the record to find more publications on the topic using the Subject Headings. Clicking on a Subject Heading will take you to a list of all the other books in the catalog that have been classified under that subject. 

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat or our databases:

alternative medicine | placebo effect | cancer | quacks and quackery | complementary therapies | medicine  | epidemiology | public health

You should always search the name of any specific disease or treatment that you are researching.

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