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Online Resources

Online Resources
Our Health Services Librarian has provided this list of helpful resources, recommended by the Medical Library Association and the National Network of Medical Libraries. It is organized by the following categories:
           Most Useful for Health Consumers
           How to Search the Web for Health Information
           Medical Encyclopedias/Dictionaries
           Chronic Illnesses and Diseases

Vermont 2-1-1
Just dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont for information about health and human service organizations in your community. It is a program of the United Ways of Vermont and the Vermont Agency for Human Services.

Most Useful for Health Consumers                                                                                             Back to Top

MedlinePlus - Consumer Health Information  (English)
MedlinePlus - Consumer Health Information  (Spanish)  - Medline is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

MedlinePlus-Flash movie that explains common medical words
MedlinePlus - Consumer Health Information  (English)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - website of the American Academy of Family Physicians

healthfinder® - health news, personal health tools and more from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Copley Hospital Laboratory's Test Catalog

Mayo Clinic - physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health

Kidshealth® - an award-winning site from Nemours, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children's health

NIH Senior Health- basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health

HIV InSite - comprehensive and up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and policy from the University of California San Francisco

WebMD - website recommended to patients by Copley's Medical Staff

Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Ethics Network

How to Search for Health Information                                                                                        Back to Top

The following link provides an indepth tutorial. It explains how a medical librarian can assist you; how to peform a search for health information; covers a vareity of search techniques and what resources are available and how to use them.

Health Information Search Tutorial 

Medical Encyclopedias and Dictionaries                                                                                       Back to Top

Resources and tutorials to help you navigate "Medspeak," the specialized language or "shorthand" of health professionals.

Deciphering Medspeak

Deciphering Medspeak - Disease Specific Brochures

RX Riddles Solved!

Deciphering the Diagnosis

Medical Encyclopedia

Medical Dictionary

Chronic Illnesses/Diseases                                                                                                        Back to Top

American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Care

American Red Cross
National Guideline Clearinghouse - site created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and U.S. Department of Health. Provides detailed information on clinical practice guidelines for diseases and conditions. America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]).

eMedicine - an independent clinical reference site

Copley's Health Sciences Library
A resource for community members to use to become informed about a variety of health issues. Located on the first floor of the hospital, across from Administration.

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