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Online Resources

The following are 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
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

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

MedlinePlus – Consumer Health Information (Spanish)

MedlinePlus-Flash movie that explains common medical words

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

healthfinder® – health news, personal health tools+ 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

Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Ethics Network

Medical Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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

Medical Encyclopedia

Medical Dictionary

Chronic Illnesses/Diseases

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)