Cataloging on-line health information: a content analysis of the NC Health Info portal.

Catherine Blake, David West, Lili Luo, Gary Marchionini

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The unrelenting increase of health information on the World Wide Web has resulted in an urgent need for portals that provide consumers with trustworthy health information. In response to this need, the National Library of Medicine initiated the Go Local initiative, which extends MEDLINEplus by providing consumers with links to local health services, programs and providers. NC Health Info ( is the first NIH funded Go Local portal. Our goal is to gain insight into the nature of interactions that occur during the cataloging process of online health information resources. We conducted a content analysis of annotations made by catalogers on the NC Health Info portal between January 2000 and September 2004. Our analysis of 2369 online information resources revealed challenges with establishing the navigational, geographical and topical content of an on-line resource. Our analysis provides insight into the mechanisms that catalogers use to overcome those challenges and thus will be of value to future Go Local portal development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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