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Research Guide to Health & Wellness: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching health and wellness topics


MLA-style and APA-style guidelines change over time, especially for citing sources accessed electronically.  For the most up-to-date information about how to cite sources correctly, visit these pages:

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These are open-access websites:
Dedicated to improving the accuracy of news about medical treatments, tests, products, and procedures and to helping consumers evaluate the evidence for and against new ideas in healthcare

Mayo Clinic
Award-winning medical and health information and tools for healthy living

Health Information for patients, families, and other consumers from the National Library of Medicine

The Merck Manual Consumer Version
Based on the world's most widely used textbook of medicine—The Merck Manual—but written in everyday language, and including multimedia resources, like audio pronunciations; the Professional Version includes resources for healthcare workers

PubMed (note: Limited full-text)
International medical and life-sciences database from the National Library of Medicine

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies; includes access to the National Center for Health Statistics

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Health information and links to all 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the NIH

U.S. National Libraries of Medicine Databases and Electronic Resources
Information from scholarly journals and health organizations

World Health Organization (WHO)
Providing leadership on global health matters and monitoring and assessing trends

TED Talk

Laurie Garrett: What can we learn from the 1918 flu pandemic?

In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague, gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever (21:05). 

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