Learn about Diseases and Conditions

Health Information Basics

Search the library catalog using keywords for your diagnosis, disease or condition to find books, DVDs and digital downloads.

Use the library’s research databases for Health topics, particularly Health Source – Consumer Edition and Consumer Health Complete for personal health information.

For consumer health, begin your internet searching with MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine.

How to choose?

Millions of consumers get health information from books, magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad? Use the tips at Evaluating Health Information from MedlinePlus at the National Library of Medicine. We recommend that you evaluate all health information with care and discuss what you find with your doctor or licensed health professional before making changes involving your health.

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