The Medical Library Association finds the following general websites particularly useful (sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order):
Information found on the web can be useful in supplementing information retrieved from print sources and online databases.
However, finding credible websites can be a challenge. Maintain a healthy skepticism about the quality and validity of all information.
Ask these questions when evaluating websites:
On medical/health websites look for the HONcode (Health on the Net Foundation) symbol or a disclaimer.
Additionally, search for quality websites selected by librarians. The Internet Public Library links you to informative, reputable websites and is a great place to start.
American Nurses Association: www.nursingworld.org
Cases Database: http://casesdatabase.com/
CDC: Centers for Disease Control & Nutrition: http://www.cdc.gov/
Environmental Health and Toxicology: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html
General health information: www.healthfinder.gov
Health on the Net for Medical Professionals: http://www.hon.ch/HONsearch/Pro/index.html
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/
Medline Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy: www.merck.com/mmpe/
Merck Manuals Online: www.merck.com/pubs
National Center for Health Statistics: www.cdc.gov/nchs
National Institutes of Health: http://health.nih.gov/
National Library of Medicine: www.nlm.nih.gov
Nursing Institute of Nursing Research: www.ninr.nih.gov
PubMed Health: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/
RxList Internet Drug Index: www.rxlist.com
U.S. Dep. of Health & Human Services: www.hhs.gov
Washington Center for Nursing: http://wacenterfornursing.org/
Washington State Dept. of Health: www.doh.wa.gov/Data/data.htm
Washington State Nurses Association: http://www.wsna.org/
Web Sources for Patient Education Handouts: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/research-assistance/patient-education-links.cfm
World Health Organization: www.who.int/research/en
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