Research Guide: Health, Nursing, & Medicine

Background Information

More books about health can be found on the fourth floor, in section R.

Concise Medical Dictionary Online only
Encyclopedia of Health & Behavior REF R 726.5 E 53 2004
Encyclopedia of Health Care Management REF RA 971. E 52 2004
Encyclopedia of Public Health REF RA 423. E 53 2002
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine REF R 733. G 34 2005
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine REF RC 41. G 35 2006
Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health REF RT 21. G 353 2007
Merck Manual of Medical Information REF RC 81. M 535 2003
Oxford Companion to the Body Online only
Oxford Companion to Medicine Online only
PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs REF RM 16. M 4 2009
Stedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing REF R 121. S 8 2005

Journal Articles

Academic Search Ultimate

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to search for articles on any topic.


This database contains thousands of articles on alternative medicine: massage and acupuncture, folk medicine and herbal remedies, biofeedback, and more.

CINAHL Complete

CINAHL is the premier database for nursing research. It can be used to locate articles on patient care, management, different branches of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and much more.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher can be used to locate reports on current health issues such as obesity, nutrition, cancer, and so on.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ is an archive of thousands of free (open-access) journals on a wide variety of topics, including medicine, public health, and nursing.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

The Consumer Edition of this database provides information that patients need to know about illnesses and treatments.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

The Nursing/Academic Edition of this database contains scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in medicine.

High-Wire Press

This publisher site can be used to locate scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in medicine and health research.

Westlaw Campus Research

Westlaw Campus Research can be used to locate millions of newspaper articles, as wells as legal and business news.

Use the medical section of this database to locate the latest research on cancer, AIDS, obesity, and more.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Nursing Journals @Ovid Full Text

LWW are one of the most respected publishers of nursing information. This database can be used to locate articles on a wide variety of topics in nursing including treatments, symptom management, and more.

MasterFILE Premier

This general database is another good place to start a search on any topic.


MedicLatina can be used to locate medical and health-related articles in Spanish. (MedicLatina se puede utilizar para localizar los artículos médicos y relativos a la salud en español.)


MEDLINE is a general medical database that can be used to find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on any health topic.

Nature Precedings

Created by Nature Publishing, this database provides access to preprints of academic papers in genetics, biology, microbiology, and more.


This is one of the best psychology and psychiatry databases in the world. It can be used to find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on mental health and treatments, as well as general psychology, emotions, behavior, and much more.


A National Library of Medicine service, Pubmed offers an index to more than 15 million citations from Medline for biomedical articles, including nursing, dating back to the 1950s. It also links to the full text of articles and nongovernmental web resources. A free, full-text collection of biomedical books is also available from the NCBI Bookshelf by choosing "Books" from the search box menu.


This database includes thousands of articles on sports and sports medicine, including injury prevention, orthopedics, and much more.

Web Resources

Resources for Medical Professionals and Researchers


Created and maintained by the Centers for Disease Control, this site offers current statistics on current health topics including immunization rates, obesity, cancer and disease rates, and more.

Medknow Publications

This open access publisher provides access to thousands of articles in a wide range of health topics. Some content is peer-reviewed.

National Institute of Nursing Research

This organization is one of the National Institutes of Health, and its mission is to support research in nursing in clinical and communities through grants and other funding programs. It provides information on funding initiatives, including diversity programs and resources, links to nursing organizations, and publications from national meetings and conferences.

NLM Gateway

This site is an entry point for searching the resources at the National Library of Medicine. It provides a global search function for PubMed, PubMed Central, and Medline Plus, all of which are included in this resource list. This is an excellent starting point to begin a search of health-related government information.

PubMed Central

This site offers access to more than 160 full-text high-quality, open access life sciences journals from various publishers.

State of Utah Government Publications

Search the State of Utah's Digital Library for thousands of government documents on heath in Utah.

Resources for Health Consumers

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

The CDC website provides information on specific health and safety topics, a public health image library, and state and national data sets on health and disease. An A to Z index helps users find statistical and other information on specific conditions.

Health Library

Created by librarians at Stanford University's Health Library, these guides offer a wealth of information about diagnosis and treatments, safety and medical conditions, and much more.


Healthfinder(R) is a Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, Healthfinder(R) has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. Healthfinder(R) links to select information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.


MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Merck Manuals

Merck & Co., Inc., one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, provides medical information in all of The Merck Manuals on a not-for-profit basis as a service to the community. The Merck Manual,The Merck Manual of Medical Information--Second Home Edition,The Merck Manual of Geriatrics,The Merck Manual of Health & Aging, and The Merck Veterinary Manual are available on this site.

National Institutes of Health--Health Information

This is another directory of consumer health information. The site is organized by conditions, body systems, type of patient, etc. It provides links to MedlinePlus and to specific institutes with NIH.

Non-Governmental Portals

Hardin MD

The "MD" stands for "Meta Directory," and the University of Iowa's Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is one of the best and most complete directories for medical ad heal-related links. This offers a huge, up-to-date collection of medical images and information, plus it is searchable by keyword of "subject clusters," such as AIDS, cancer, women's health, etc.

Mayo Clinic: Tools for Healthier Lives

This web site from the Mayo Clinic includes high-quality and comprehensive health and medical information, plus it includes "tools," such as online calculators, self-assessments, a symptom checker, and quizzes.

Study Aids for Nursing Students

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body

This includes pictures from the classic 1918 edition of Gray's Anatomy. It also includes a subject index with 13,000 entries.

Human Anatomy Online

Ten systems can be explored: skeletal, digestive, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, male or female reproductive, and urinary. Search interactive graphics, including animations of the systems, tutorials and descriptions.

Medical Images on the Web

This University of Nebraska Medical Center portal provides evaluated, annotated links to online image collections in General, Anatomy and Histology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Embriology, Endoscopy, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, and ENT.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

Searchable by keyword or table of contents, The Merck Manual, 17th edition is available free on the web.

RN Central

The highlight of this site is the "Careplan Corner" with nursing care plans under three categories: "Altered/Alterations," Impaired/Impairment," and "General." Nursing students can copy, save or print and modify any of the plans. There is also a blank plan template to print out and fill in. Other resource links for nurses and students are also available.


This resource provides drug lists that include the description, clinical pharmacology, indications and dosage, side effects and drug interactions, warnings and precautions, drug overdoses, contraindications, and patient information.

Medical Associations

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