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Encyclopedias & Reference Works
An encyclopedia will give you an overview of your disease or disorder and refer you to some basic articles on your disorder. These are all online. Check the bibliography at the end of the article.
American Academy of Family Physicians Conditions A to Z
Contains brief information pertaining to common conditions, treatments and health tips. Designed for patients.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5)
The library also has print copies of this book in the first floor reference area and the third floor Health Sciences Reference area at call number RC455.2 .C4 D536 2013.
Encyclopedia of Infectious Diseases
An alphabetical list of entries on a wide range of diseases. Entries include causes, symptoms, and diagnosis.
Harrison's Manual of Medicine, 17th ed.
Note: Harrison's Manual of Medicine is an abridged version of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. Principles of Internal Medicine is available in print at the library.
Includes the series of Merck healthcare books including The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual of Health and Aging, The Merck Manual of Geriatrics as well as some others. Provides diagnoses, therapies, and treatments for medical conditions.
Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th ed.
Note: Only one person can use this resource at a time.
Biology & Medical Databases
Use the following databases to collect scholarly primary research articles in the biological sciences.
PubMed This link opens in a new window
Health & medical information primarily from MEDLINE.
Seeker This link opens in a new window
An all-encompassing database, Seeker searches books and media from our catalog as well as newspaper, magazine and journal articles, business publications and more.
Use websites to collect statistical data on your disease. Use the government websites below and websites from associations such as The American Heart Association and The American Diabetes Association. Remember to be careful what websites you are using.
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
A division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC is dedicated to promoting "health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability." Of special interest to the consumer are the resources about diseases, conditions, and other special topics arranged under "Health Topics A-Z," and "Travelers' Health," with health recommendations for travelers worldwide. There are also sections on health topics in the news and health hoaxes. Information is also available in Spanish.
National Center for Health Statistics
Birth, death, marriage, and divorce rates, state health data, and other health, nutrition, and lifestyle statistics.
National Institutes of Health
Official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the world's foremost medical research centers.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Concerned with international public health - a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).
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