Health and Medicine

Want to know more about a health issue? These online resource are a good place to start your research.

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Free State Wide Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health and Wellness Resource Center provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free State Wide Health Reference Center Academic

Full-text database that provides full-text nursing & allied health journals, plus current and reliable personal health information.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free Anywhere Household Products Database

This database links over 5,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Free Anywhere MedLinePlus

Consumer health information, news and extensive resource database. Also in Spanish.

Provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Free Anywhere Merck Manual Online

The Merck Manual has been a standard medical reference source for more than 100 years. Although discontinued in print, the online version is kept up to date, and includes both advanced content for doctors and medical students, as well as easy to understand content for patients, parents and caregivers.

Free State Wide Nursing Resource Center

Nursing Resource Center fills the void of an online resource for beginning LPN, LVN, ADN, RN and BSN students nationwide. Created in close collaboration with nursing instructors and students and the librarians that support them, Nursing Resource Center takes textbooks and curricula into account and presents students with information that mirrors the “nursing process” — a workflow that organizes how students diagnose, treat and care for patients — as it is taught in the classroom.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free Anywhere PubMed

The National Library of Medicine’s gateway to over 14 million abstracts and citations for biomedical journal articles dating back to the 1950s. Links to sites providing full text articles. If full-text isn’t available online, ask the Reference Librarian about getting a copy through Interlibrary Loan!

Provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Free With Forbes Card Salem Health

This database contains six reference sources from Salem Health: Magill’s Medical Guide 7th editionAddictions & Substance AbuseCancerComplementary & Alternative MedicineGenetics & Inherited Conditions, Infectious Diseases & Conditions, and Psychology & Behavioral Health. Magill’s Medical Guide is an up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information suitable for student research as well as use by general readers, including patients and caregivers. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free Anywhere TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information

SIS’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program produces TOXNET®, a collection of toxicology and environmental health databases that includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, HSDB®, a database of potentially hazardous chemicals, TOXLINE® (containing references to the world’s toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus (a chemical dictionary and structure database). Haz- Map® links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

Provided by the National Library of Medicine.