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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:

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

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

Medical Library Association, For Patients: How to Find Good Health Information
Medical information and tools for healthy living from a leading nonprofit American academic medical center  

Medline Plus
Health information for patients, families, and other consumers from the National Library of Medicine

Merck Manuals
Consumer Version provides medical information in everyday language, including audio pronunciations. Professional Version includes resources for medical professionals and students, like how-to videos, quizzes, 3D models, clinical calculators, case studies, and more

National Institutes of Health
Health information and links to all 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the NIH

National Libraries of Medicine Products + Services
Scholarly journals, fact sheets, reference books, and more

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

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

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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