As Consumer Health Information Specialists, we understand how tempting it is to use Google for all your health questions. Regrettably, a Google search will not always retrieve the best results for you. You have to wade through advertising, misinformation and even scams before you find safe and accurate information you can use.
With help from the Medical Library Association, our Health Information Center has compiled a list of high quality health and wellness websites to provide you with medical guidance you can trust.
A favorite of ours in the Science & Technology Division is MedlinePlus. This is a service of the National Library of Medicine and is part of the National Institute of Health. It’s incredibly easy to navigate and includes health topics, diseases, drugs and supplement information, medical encyclopedia results, and videos. There are multiple ways to browse this website, but the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the page is all you really need to know to find what you are looking for! Your results will be written in consumer friendly language, which means you don’t need to be a medical professional to understand it.
The Medical Library Association has done a great job compiling a list of resources in one spot for easy exploring. This is an organized grouping of websites based on the following criteria: credibility, authorship, content, timeliness, purpose, links and design. They have deemed these particularly useful and divided the websites into sections depending on the topic you are looking for. Topics include general health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Librarian, Science & Technology Division at Main Library