Need Information on Eating Disorders? We Can Help! — Millie Plotkin
Have you heard of the Eating Disorders Information Gateway?
The Eating Disorders Information Gateway (EDIG) is a resource offered by the Eating Recovery Foundation. This website provides a single portal where anyone looking for information on eating disorders can access a variety of materials.
Millie Plotkin, Informationist for Eating Recovery Center and partner programs, has developed a user-friendly interface to provide professionals and families with easy access to relevant information on eating disorders prevention, diagnosis, treatment, insurance and legislation.
You can find the Eating Disorders Information Gateway website here. With this resource, we hope to help advance public understanding of eating disorders.
Who can use the Eating Disorders Information Gateway?
Anyone! It contains both consumer and professional resources. Consumer resources include handouts and electronic articles from non-profits, as well as books for patients and family members. Professional resources include journal articles, dissertations, and books for clinicians.
Does the Eating Disorders Information Gateway contain full-text articles?
The Gateway is primarily a citation database, with links to publishers and copyright holders. Due to copyright and paywalls, not all links are to full-text articles. However, whenever legally possible, free links are included. Full citation information is included, so articles can be requested through university and public library inter-library loan (ILL) programs.
Can I contact Millie for help with research?
Yes! Anyone in the eating disorders field can contact Millie here. Millie can do literature searches on specific topics and will respond with a list of citations and links.
How to search for anything on the Eating Disorders Information Gateway
1: Are you looking for Professional or Consumer resources?
You can narrow down your search to Professional or Consumer resources, or search the full database.
2: What Resource Types would you like to search?
- Assessment tool = validated diagnostic and assessment tests
- Book = professional monographs, clinician guides, self-help books, and general books on ED topics
- Creative work = currently mostly poetry, but plays will be added
- Dissertation/thesis = college and university student research
- Electronic articles = web-published articles, mostly at the consumer level
- Informational handout = brief guides to specific ED topics, often from non-profits such as NEDA
- Journal article = articles from medical journals, the most prolific resource in the Gateway
- Organization = consumer and professional organizations in the eating disorder field
- Report = reports from ED organizations and government agencies on specific topics
- Video = audiovisual materials, including documentaries and webinars
- Web site = Topical web pages
3: What Subjects are you searching for?
Many subject headings will autocomplete, so try typing the first few letters of a word and see what comes up. Other words may direct to the correct search. For instance, if you type in “teens”, you will get articles indexed under “Adolescents.” So even if a term doesn’t autofill, try doing a search.
You do NOT need to use “eating disorders” as a subject heading! Be more specific.
4: Do you want to search within titles, abstracts, or tables of content?
You can search the text of all titles and abstracts, plus tables of contents for books. Try typing in a word or phrase if the Subject Headings search didn’t work
5: Are you looking for specific Authors?
If so, use the FirstName LastName format.
6: Do you want to search within a specific Journal?
You can search within a specific medical journal by entering the title of the Journal.
7: Is there a certain Date you are looking for?
You can search within a year or set of years. Search results are always returned chronologically, starting with the most recent, whether or not you use this feature.
After you click on SEARCH, you will be taken to a page (or pages) showing a list of results. Click on DETAILS (the right-hand column in the results) to see more information about the resource, including an abstract and table of contents, and link to the publisher or other way of obtaining the resource.
Remember: Help is always available!
As we mentioned above, feel free to contact our Informationist Millie Plotkin with any questions about using this resource. We hope this resource is of benefit to you as you search for information on eating disorders.