If you’ve ever wondered what’s in a certain dietary supplement, like over-the-counter vitamins and minerals, or if a certain product is safe for you to take, the Dietary Supplements Labels Database can help you find the answers.
The database has information about the ingredients in several thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. Those ingredients might be vitamins, minerals, herbs/plants, amino acids, or enzymes. Information is also given on any product claims made by a supplement’s manufacturer. The database can help you find answers to questions such as:
- What are the ingredients shown on the label of a supplement?
- How much of the daily recommended allowance for a nutrient is in a specific product?
- Can I compare the amount of a specific nutrient between products?
- What are the inactive ingredients in a product?
- Which products do not contain animal products?
- Can I find studies that indicate the proven medical benefits of specific ingredients?
- Can I find information on the toxicity of specific ingredients?
- Who manufactures a specific product? How do I contact this manufacturer?
Ingredients in the Dietary Supplements Labels Database are linked to other National Library of Medicine databases such as MedlinePlus and PubMed that provide more information about the ingredients, such as the results of research studies on possible health effects of the ingredients.
- How the ingredients are used in humans
- Any adverse effects
- Mechanisms of action
You can search the database by brand names, uses noted on product labels, specific active ingredients, and manufacturers.
June 9 is Ask Archivists Day, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is participating in the event on Twitter.
Archivists collect, preserve, and protect our historical records and documents. This could be anything from old letters to photographs to emails. An archivist might be able to help you find information about your family using historical military records, land records, or ship passenger logs.
Archivists can help you answer questions such as:
- What was the occupation of my great great grandfather?
- Did I have any relatives immigrate through Ellis Island?
- Who owned my house 100 years ago?
If you have a question for an archivist, just ask it on Twitter using the #AskArchivists hashtag on June 9. The @USNatArchives will be fielding questions for NARA and individual employees will be ready to help. You can also contact NARA via email or phone.
Other government agencies participating in Ask Archivists Day include:
- Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, @ArchivesAmerArt
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, @CarterLibrary
- National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress, @ndiipp
- National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, @amhistorymuseum
- Smithsonian Institution, @smithsonian
Please note that archivists can’t perform detailed research for you, but they can point you in the right direction. If you’re new to archival research, NARA’s Getting Started Overview is a good introduction.
Photo of a Jaguar in Peru from the Smithsonian WILD project
This picture of a Jaguar was captured by a motion-triggered camera as part of the Smithsonian WILD project.
Scientists are using these cameras, which automatically take pictures when they sense the body heat or movement of an animal, to help answer a variety of ecological questions about the animals and their habitats
You can see more photos and videos of animals these cameras have captured from all across the globe at siwild.si.edu.