General Health Resources Complementary & Alternative Medicine Consumer Health and Wellness
Directories Disaster Planning Disease Specific Sites
Drugs and Chemicals Evidence Based Practice Food and Nutrition
Health Disparities Health Literacy Health Policy
Health Statistics International Health NCLEX
Nursing Nursing Theory Research
Senior Health Transcultural Health Women's Health

General Health Resources

  • BioMed Central
    BioMed Central provides open access to peer-reviewed journals spanning all areas of biology and medicine. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

  • Center for Disease Control
    This highly regarded site provides information on specific health and safety topics, a public health image library, state and national data sets on health and disease, and much more. The A-Z index provides easy access to statistical and other information on specific conditions.

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    The FDA oversees pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices and their approval. The FDA website provides information on the products that it regulates including: food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics.

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM)
    The IOM is a nonprofit organization that provides unbiased evidence based information on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health. IOM’s site provides access to numerous reports and information on a wide variety of health issues.

  • The Merck Manuals
    This site provides access to the full text of several highly regarded Merck Manuals. Included are the following: The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, and The Merck Veterinary Manual.

  • National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health
    This website is a handy gateway to many of the valuable National Library of Medicine databases and resources.

  • PubMed Medline
    A service of the National Library of Medicine, PubMed Medline is a comprehensive index of biomedical citations dating back to the 1950’s.

  • PubMed Central
    PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) digital repository of full-text, peer-reviewed biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research journals. This excellent site provides free and unrestricted access to all materials in the PubMed Central digital collection.

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Complementary & Alternative

  • Dietary Supplements Labels Database
    This databases captures information on dietary supplement labels. Ingredients are linked to other National Library of Medicine databases to allow users to understand the characteristics of ingredients and view the results of research pertaining to them. This database is expected to grow and will eventually include most of the 55,000 dietary supplement products sold to American consumers.

  • Quackwatch
    Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett, the primary focus of this site is “quackery” related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Quackwatch, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct.

  • National Center for Complementary Medicine (NCCAM)
    From the National Institutes of Health, this site contains a wealth of information pertaining to complementary and alternative healing practices. It includes information on research, clinical trials, and a variety of heath topics and treatments.

  • Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
    Through its website, the ODS disseminates research on dietary supplements. It provides information on dietary supplement use and safety, dietary supplement fact sheets, nutrient recommendations, funding opportunities, and access to information on dietary supplement ingredients.

  • Sloan-Kettering - About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
    This useful resource contains information on herbs, botanicals, vitamins, and other dietary supplements. Entries typically include a clinical summary, scientific name, purported uses, constituents, mechanism of action, food sources, pharmacokinetics, warnings, adverse reactions, drug or lab interactions, and extensive references.

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Consumer Health and Wellness

  • CAPHIS - Consumer and Patient Health Information
    Created by the librarians of the Medical Library Association, the “CAPHIS Top 100 List” is the premier gateway to quality online health information.

  • Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
    Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a free, grant-funded public information project of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. It provides reports that compare prescription drugs by category and include an expert review of the scientific evidence along with pricing information. These reports are designed to help patients - in consultation with their doctors - find effective, safe and affordable medicines.

  • FDA Consumer Health Information
    This Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site features timely consumer health stories on pressing FDA topics, provides links to its most requested information, includes easy to read publications, and much more. Also, be sure to visit the FDA home page for in depth information on FDA regulated products, as well as links to numerous sources of information on FDA related activities.

    This site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). All information on this site was written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.

  • Healthfinder
    Consumer oriented database of health topics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Hospital Compare
    This consumer oriented website provides information on how well hospitals care for their adult patients. It includes patient survey results that rate the quality of care received during recent hospital stays.

  • Household Products Database
    This database provides health and safety information on numerous household products. Information in the Household Products Database is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets prepared by manufacturers.

  • Lab Tests Online
    Lab Tests Online has been designed to help patients and family caregivers better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. This site includes test descriptions, a library of conditions and diseases, screening guide, in depth articles, and an index to news articles.

  • Mayo Clinic
    Sponsored by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, this site provides practical, well organized consumer health information. It includes information on a variety of diseases and conditions, drugs and supplements, healthy living, and much more.

  • MedlinePlus
    This excellent resource brings together authoritative information from National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This site contains consumer oriented information on a variety of health topics; it includes directories to organizations, medical dictionary, medical encyclopedia, and a comprehensive drug database. Also available in Spanish.

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Health Care Providers

Health Organizations

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Disaster Planning

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Disease Specific Sites

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer's Association
    The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and support to family members, caregivers, and health professionals on Alzheimer’s disease. Its website is updated daily and includes current news articles, access to numerous publications, fact sheets and reports, a visual brain tour, and more.

  • Alzforum: Alzheimer Research Forum
    Founded in 1996, the Alzheimer Research Forum reports on the latest scientific findings, creates and maintains public databases on research data and reagents, and produces discussion forums to promote debate and the dissemination of new ideas. This site includes research and drug news, information on disease management, access to publications, and more.

Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism

  • Autism Society of America (ASA)
    The ASA and its chapters provide information and education, support research, and advocate for programs and services for the autism community. Its site includes resources for diagnosis and consultation, treatment, and education for children with autism.

  • Autism Speaks - Autism Video Glossary
    This website provides access to the ASD video glossary – a unique collection of online videos that can help parents and professionals see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags of autism. The videos cover aspects of social interaction, communication, repetitive behaviors and restricted interest, regulatory and sensory systems, treatments, and outcomes. New users must register to access the ASD video glossary.


  • The American Cancer Society
    Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society is a community-based voluntary health organization with local offices nationwide. Its website provides numerous resources for health care professionals, cancer patients, and their families.

  • National Cancer Institute
    This exceptional website provides comprehensive information on a variety of cancer topics. It includes a directory to multiples types of cancer, information on clinical trials, statistics, and other useful resources.

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    The NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of twenty of the world’s leading cancer centers working together to develop treatment guidelines for most cancers. Among this site’s resources is an online library of clinical practice guidelines. New users must register to access the guidelines.

  • OncoLink
    Created by the cancer specialists at the University of Pennsylvania, this website provides current information on specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatment, news about research advances, and more.

  • Oncology Nursing Society - Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP)
    The ONS Outcomes Resource Area (ORA) provides nurses with direct patient care information and research evidence regarding outcomes. A major portion of this site is devoted to the Oncology Nursing Society’s Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) resources. These provide evidence regarding interventions for nursing-sensitive patient outcomes, findings from synthesized reviews or meta-analysis, summary of relevant guidelines, definitions, and extensive reference lists.

Cardiovascular Disease


  • American Diabetes Association
    This website covers a wide array of topics and includes information on nutrition, weight loss and exercise, diabetes prevention, and research. It also provides access to several scientific journals and other professional resources published by the American Diabetes Association.

  • Joslin Diabetes Center
    Founded in 1898, the Joslin Diabetes Center focuses on three critical areas related to diabetes: research, care, and education. Its website includes consumer health resources, as well as information for researchers and health care providers.

  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
    This site provides educational materials to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients, health care professionals, and the general public.

Eating Disorders

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Genetic Disorders

  • Genetics and Genomics for Patients and the Public
    This site provides authoritative answers to common questions about genetics disorders, and genetic and genomic science. It includes information on specific genetic disorders, genetic testing, useful links, and more.

  • Genetics Home Reference
    This excellent site provides clearly written information on the effects of genetic variations on human health. It includes information on the genetics of health conditions, diseases, and syndromes as well as information on related genes and chromosomes. Also included are a “Help Me Understand Genetics” handbook, a glossary of medical and genetic definitions, and useful links to genetics information and organizations.

  • National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
    This site provides access to an extensive rare disease database with reports on more than 1,200 diseases. Brief reports are provided for free, but users must register to access free full length reports. Also included is a database of organizations, and other resources for patients and medical professionals.


Substance Abuse

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Drugs and Chemicals

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Evidence Based Practice

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Food and Nutrition

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Health Disparities

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Health Literacy

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Health Policy

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Health Statistics

Wisconsin Health Statistics

National Health Statistics

International Health Statistics

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International Health

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Nursing Theory

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  • The AHRQ Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed the Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit for Minimal Risk Research to facilitate the process of obtaining informed consent and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) authorization from potential research subjects. This toolkit contains information for people responsible for ensuring that potential research subjects are informed in a manner that is consistent with medical ethics and regulatory guidelines.

  • provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research on human volunteers. This site gives information about a trial's purpose, eligibility, and contact and location information.

  • Federal Legislation and Regulations for Research with Humans
    Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), this site contains links to federal regulations for the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and Department of Education. Also included are links to the Belmont Report, text of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, and the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This site also provides access to information on nonhuman animal research and much more.

  • Google Scholar
    A subset of Google, Google Scholar provides access to scholarly citations from a wide range of subject areas, with the strongest coverage in science & technology. Among Google Scholar’s resources is a citation index. This handy research tool allows users to easily establish which documents cite a particular journal article or book. It is also useful for verifying citations and locating similar documents. To access the citation index, look for the “cited by” link.

  • is the premier source for finding information on federal government grants and is the central storehouse for all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The site includes tools and documents that will help new users understand the application process.

  • ScanGrants
    ScanGrants is designed to facilitate the search for funding sources to enhance individual and community health. The funding sources listed here may be of interest to medical researchers, social workers, nurses, students, community-based health educators, academics, and others. Funding sources most frequently listed include those of private foundations, corporations, businesses, and not-for profit organizations. Federal and state funding sources are typically not included.

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Senior Health

  • AgingStats.Gov
    This site provides statistical data on the aging population collected by 15 major US government agencies. It includes access to the Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being report which has current data on older Americans and their families.

  • Alzheimer’s Association
    The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and support to family members, caregivers, and health professionals on Alzheimer’s disease. Its website is updated frequently and includes current news articles, access to a variety of publications, an interactive brain tour, advocacy resources, and more.

    The official U. S. government site for people with Medicare provides access to the latest information on Medicare enrollment and benefits. It includes useful tools that allow you to compare hospitals, home health agencies, and nursing homes in your area using defined criteria and quality of care measures. This site also allows you to find and compare Medicare health plans, Medigap policies, and Medicare prescription drug plans.

  • The Merck Manual of Geriatrics
    This respected text features a unique interdisciplinary approach that specifically addresses the challenges facing geriatric care. It includes information on evaluation of the elderly patient, drug-related problems, provision of care, social issues, and more.

  • NIH Senior Health Information for Older Adults
    This website is designed for older adults and was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. It includes information on a variety of health topics and has user friendly features for the visually impaired.

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
    The National Institute of Aging provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. It is the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. Among the site’s resources are numerous NIA publications that are available to order or as free downloads.

  • Wisconsin Nursing Homes
    Produced by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, this site provides access to information on nursing homes, as well as facilities serving people with developmental disabilities in Wisconsin.

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Transcultural Health

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Women's Health

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