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Last Updated: December 6, 2014


A.D.A.M. Health Illustrated Encyclopedia 

Over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries as well as an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations. (National Library of Medicine)


Behavioral Health

Links to publications and other resources on mental health and substance abuse issues, including prevention, treatment, and recovery. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)


Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information

Information on prescription and over-the-counter medicines. (National Library of Medicine)


Evaluating Online Sources of Health Information

Fact sheet to help you decide whether the health information you find on the Internet or receive via e-mail from a web site is likely to be reliable. (National Cancer Institute)


Find and Evaluate Health Information on the Web

Guidelines on finding the highest quality health information on the web as well as examples of the best health web sites. (Medical Library Association)


Frequently Performed Operations

Public information brochures on specific procedures. (American College of Surgeons)


Health Information

Information on a range of consumer health topics. (National Institutes of Health)


Health Information Resource Database   

This database includes 1,800 organizations and government offices that provide health information upon request. (National Health Information Center)


Health on the Net Foundation

Search for web sites that adhere to the HON Code of Conduct, ethical guidelines for medical and health web sites. (Health on the Net Foundation)


Health Topics A to Z

Information on a variety of health topics. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)



Comprehensive, selective resource for health information on the Internet. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Web site focused on the health of children, covering a variety of topics on ages and stages, healthy living, health issues, family life, and safety and prevention. (American Academy of Pediatrics)


Infection Control and You: Patients and Families

Resource for infection prevention information for patients and consumers. (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology)


Kid’s Medical Dictionary

A glossary of medical words for children. (The Nemours Foundation)



Health information about children from before birth through adolescence. For children, teen-agers, and parents. (The Nemours Foundation)


Medical Dictionary

Searchable dictionary of medical terms. (Merriam-Webster and the National Library of Medicine)



Extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases, illnesses, health conditions and wellness issues. (National Library of Medicine)


Medspeak: What Did My Doctor Say?

Glossary of terms commonly used by health care professionals.  Also available in French and Spanish. (Medical Library Association)


Men’s Health

Information on selected men’s health issues. (National Library of Medicine)


MouthHealthy A to Z Topics

Information and resources about various issues related to you and your family’s oral health care. (American Dental Association)

A web site to link people over 60 to the resources on health and aging from the National Institutes of Health. (National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine)


Patient 101: How to Find Reliable Health Information

A guide to help people find reliable, trusted sources of health care information on the Internet (Joint Commission Resources)



Searchable database of citations to articles in health sciences journals. In some cases, it includes links to sites providing full text. (National Library of Medicine)


Rare Disease Database

Abstracts of disease reports and information about patient organizations are available free on this web site. (National Organization for Rare Disorders)


Toll-free Numbers for Health Information

Selected toll-free numbers for organizations that provide health-related information, education, and support. (National Health Information Center)


Travelers Health: Vaccines, Medicines, Advice

Health information vaccinations, destinations, locating travel clinics, and other concerns for travelers.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Women’s Health

Health information for women. (Office of Women’s Health, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services) 


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