September 16, 2014

Researching a Medical Condition

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a medical condition, it is natural to want to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment methods, and possible outcomes. Though no substitute for professional medical advice, this tutorial was created to guide you to sources with reliable health information.


The library subscribes to databases, some of which may be searched from home using the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. See the descriptions and links below for some databases that may help when researching medical conditions.

Alt HealthWatch focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.  Full-text articles are availale from more than 140 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, association and consumer newsletters.

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 600 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.  Also featured are abstracts and indexing for over 850 journals.

MEDLINE Plus furnishes authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more through article abstracts.


American Medical Association
The American Medical Association's DoctorFinder has basic professional information on over 690,000 licensed US physicians, including osteopathic physicians. It lists both members and nonmembers of the American Medical Association. (Members have expanded listings.) 

USDA site that has information on dietary guidelines, food groups and nutrition.

Family Doctor 
The American Academy of Family Physicians has reliable health and medical articles. Find information on Diseases and Conditions, Prevention and Wellness, and Pregnancy and Newborns.

NIH Senior Health
Basic health and wellness information for older adults from National Institute of Health.

Mayo Clinic 
Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers provide information to the public about Conditions and Diseases, Tests and Procedures, and Healthy Lifestyle.

MedlinePlus provides information on a variety of Health Topics, as well as Interactive Tutorials on diagnostic procedures and diseases.

National Library of Medicine
The largest biomedical library in the world provides information about Clinical Trials.

WebMD is a comprehensive site covering the following health topics: diseases, healthy lifestyle drugs, diet, parenting, and pet health.


Please contact the Reference Desk at (330) 458 2754 for assistance finding books on your topic.


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