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AMA Doctor Finder

DoctorFinder provides basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 814,000 doctors. [Freely Accessible Website]

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. [Remote Access Available]

Alexander Street Counseling

Alexander Street Counseling provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. [Remote Access Available]

America's Health Rankings

America's Health Rankings has tracked the health of the nation for the past 23 years, providing a unique, comprehensive perspective on how the nation - and each state - measures up.Freely Accessible Website


ArticleFirst contains bibliographic citations that describe items listed on the table of contents pages of approximately 15,000 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Each record describes one article, news story, letter, or other item. [Remote Access Available]

Bookshelf - National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Bookshelf provides free access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. A vital node in the data-rich resource network at NCBI, Bookshelf enables users to easily browse, retrieve, and read content, and spurs discovery of related information. [Freely Accessible Website]

This website features credible, current and comprehensive cancer information from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. [Freely Accessible Website]

CDC WONDER (Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research)

Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER)--is an easy-to-use internet system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information. [Freely Accessible Website]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data and Statistics

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. [Freely Accessible Website] provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. [Freely Accessible Website]

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children's health, men and women's health, etc. [Remote Access Available]

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volumes I, II and III

From Alexander Street Press, this collection provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. See also: Alexander Street Counseling. [Remote Access Available]

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps show how nearly every county in the United States ranks on critical measures that impact health, in comparison to all the counties in a state. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this groundbreaking program to cities, counties and states across the nation. [Freely Accessible Website]

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to many subjects. provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities. Features a Flu Shot Locator. [Freely Accessible Website]

The Food and Nutrition Information Center

The Food and Nutrition Information Center provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers. [Freely Accessible Website]

Genetics Home Reference

Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions. [Freely Accessible Website]


GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 600,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 6,300 records. [Freely Accessible Website]

Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)

HSDB is a toxicology data file on the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET). It focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals. It is enhanced with information on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory requirements, and related areas. All data are referenced and derived from a core set of books, government documents, technical reports and selected primary journal literature. HSDB is peer-reviewed by the Scientific Review Panel (SRP), a committee of experts in the major subject areas within the data bank's scope. HSDB is organized into individual chemical records, and contains over 4700 such records. [Freely Accessible Website] is a portal to the Web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal departments and agencies. [Freely Accessible Website]

Health, United States

Health, United States presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care, and other health topics.

Health and Society in Video

Provided by Alexander Street Press, this video collection defines and explores today's latest medical progress in health and wellness issues and their impact on society-- with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews. [Remote Access Available]

Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj)

HSRProj contains descriptions of research funded by federal and private grants and contracts for use by policy makers, managers, clinicians and other decision makers. It provides access to information about health services research in progress before results are available in a published form. Records cover both grants and contracts awarded by major public and private funding agencies and foundations. [Freely Accessible Website]

Health Source: Consumer Edition

This resource provides access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, HealthFacts, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others. This database also includes searchable full text for more than 1,000 health-related pamphlets and 135 health reference books, including books published by the People’s Medical Society. Additionally, Health Source: Consumer Edition contains more than 4,500 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish); Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to 1,100 drug monograph entries and 2,700 patient education fact sheets; and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. This full text database covers topics such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children’s health, women’s health, etc. [Remote Access Available]

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This resource provides 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong, including full text from Creative Nursing, Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Forum, Nursing Inquiry, and many more. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs. [Remote Access Available]


Healthfinder is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. [Freely Accessible Website]

Household Products Database

This database links over 4,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by the manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. [Freely Accessible Website]

Illinois Department of Public Health Statistics

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) collects and evaluates thousands of health statistics to measure progress toward state and national health objectives. These numbers also provide the basis for developing and implementing public health strategies for disease prevention and health promotion. [Freely Accessible Website]

MasterFile Premier

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,800 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of over 510,000 photos, maps and flags. [Remote Access Available]

Official US government site for Medicare information. [Freely Accessible Website]


Corresponds to the print indexes Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index. Covers all areas of medicine, including clinical medicine, experimental medicine, dentistry, nursing, health services administration, nutrition, and much more. Includes the MeSH thesaurus. [Remote Access Available]


MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on about 500 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. [Freely Accessible Website]

Merk Manual of Medical Information-Second Home Edition

This web-based publication is based on The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy and contains comprehensive information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment in easy-to-understand English. The Merk Manual is available in an interactive edition that features illustrations, photos, animations, and videos, and in the original text edition. [Freely Accessible Website]

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Known for short as MMWR, this is a key weekly scientific publication prepared and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). MMWR contains data and reports on specific health and safety topics. The data are on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments. The reports are on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries. Also included in MMWR are reports on topics of international interest and notices of events of interest to the public health community. [Freely Accessible Website]

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data. [Freely Accessible Website]

National Women's Health Information Center

The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is a service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NWHIC provides some of the most reliable and current information resources on women’s health today. [Freely Accessible Website]


This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. [Freely Accessible Website] provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals. [Freely Accessible Website]

Public Health Reports

Public Health Reports (PHR) has been published since 1878 and is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. Since 1999, PHR has been published by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). The six regular issues produced annually offer articles in three main areas: public health practice, research, and viewpoints/commentaries. Each issue offers recurring guest columns such as Local Acts, Global Health Matters, ASPH "From the Schools of Public Health", Law and the Public's Health, Public Health Chronicles, NCHS Dataline, and the Surgeon General's Perspectives. [Remote Access Available]


PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. [Freely Accessible Website]

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). [Freely Accessible Website]

Reports of the Surgeon General

Contains official reports, conference and workshop reports, and proceedings from the Office of the Surgeon General. [Freely Accessible Website]


This multidisciplinary database offers full-text journal articles and book chapters in the disciplines of physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities. [Remote Access Available]

State Health Facts Online is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data for all 50 states. provides data on more than 700 health topics. [Freely Accessible Website]


TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. It is managed by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). TOXNET provides free access to and easy searching of the following databases: Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER), Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS), Genetic Toxicology (GENE-TOX), TOX Town, Household Products Database, Haz-Map, and TOXMAP. The TOXNET "Multiple Databases" option allows for simultaneous searching of HSDB, IRIS, CCRIS, and GENE-TOX. [Freely Accessible Website]

USDA National Nutrient Database

The USDA National Nutrient Database allows users to look up the nutritional content of many generic and proprietary branded foodstuffs. [Freely Accessible Website]

The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is a service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NWHIC provides some of the most reliable and current information resources on women’s health today. [Freely Accessible Website]

World Health Data and Statistics

Health data and statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. [Freely Accessible Website]

World Health Report

The World Health Report, first published in 1995, is the World Health Organization's (WHO) leading publication. Each year the report combines an expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on a specific subject. The main purpose of the report is to provide countries, donor agencies, international organizations and others with the information they need to help them make policy and funding decisions. [Freely Accessible Website]