Health and Medicine

Library Databases

Thirty-nine databases of reliable, in-depth, and current information, including the Health Reference Center. Always the best place to start for quality resources. You will need to log in with your regular user name and password.

General Health and Medicine Sites

United States National Library of Medicine -- A wealth of information about health and diseases.

Kaiser Health News -- "A nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. And we report on how the health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works."

Healthfinder -- A government sponsored guide to accurate health information.

Merck Manual:  Consumer Version -- For the general reader.

Merck Manual:  Professional Version -- For medical professionals.

Health on the Net Foundation -- "A Non-Governmental Organization under the aegis of the Direction générale de la santé Département de l'Action Sociale et de Santé (DASS - République et canton de Genève, Switzerland). HON's mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable online medical and health information."

Medscape -- A site geared toward medical professionals, but useful for the general public.  Registration is free.

Biointeractive-- "A website and a collection of biology-focused teaching materials created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute."

Healthy People 2010 -- "A statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats." -- A site set up by the former surgeon-general.

Mayo Clinic -- "Access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of the Mayo Clinic."

MedWeb -- From Emory University.

Office of Rare Diseases -- From the National Institutes of Health.

Quackwatch -- "Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions."

Drugs and Alcohol

SAMHSA -SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


OMIM -- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man. "A catalog of human genes and genetic disorders."

Office of Rare Diseases -- From the National Institutes of Health.

Genes and Disease -- "A collection of articles that discuss genes and the diseases that they cause."  From the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

DNA -- Companion to the PBS series.


CDC: Overweight and Obesity -- From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.


Oncolink -- Information about cancer from the University of Pennsylvania.

Understanding Cancer -- From the National Cancer Institute.

CancerNet -- From the National Cancer Institute.

Mental Health

Internet Mental Health -- "A  free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long."

Mental Help Net -- "Dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns."

PD Central -- "A list of resources for people who care about someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD)."

Dr. John Grohol's Mental Health Page-- "One of the Net's best annotated guides to the most useful Websites, newsgroups, and mailing lists online today in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry."

SAMHSA -SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- "An educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress, for a variety of audiences."

CDC: Autism Spectrum Disorders -- From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Specific Diseases and Topics

American Journal of Bioethics -- Learn about the ethical issues involved in cloning, genetics, stem-cell resarch, and more.

CDC: Overweight and Obesity --From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

American Academy of Asthma and Immunology -- A wealth of information for professionals and the general public.

National Insitute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases -- "Biomedical research related to diseases affecting the bones, joints, muscles and skin."

Skin Deep -- "A safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products." From the Environmental Working Group.