Health Resources

Locating & Evaluating Health & Medical Information



Medical Information | Drug Information | Doctors & Dentists | Help Hotlines | Health Classes & Careers


Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO)
This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Find here full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. (website)
Features physician-reviewed patient education materials, that includes care for the physical, mental, and emotional health of the whole family from newborns to older adults.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
This database includes medical reference books under the topic of Medicine.

Genetics Home Reference (website)
NLM’s consumer-friendly site for information about genetic conditions, and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

Health and Aging (website)
From the National Institute on Aging, here you will find reliable, easy to understand health information on a wide vareity of topics related to aging.

Health Reference Series Online (Omnigraphics)
Online access to all print Omnigraphics health-related titles owned by the library.

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO)
This is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)
Features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names and includes scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

HealthFinder (website)
Easy-to-read, reliable, and evidence-based health information.

HealthReach (website)
Easy-to-read and reliable health information in many languages.

Hoopla (Midwest Tape)
Find health-related Audiobooks, eBooks, and Movies by browsing the Health & Fitness category.

KidsHealth (website)
Easy-to-read and understand health information for children and teens.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

MEDLINE Plus (website)
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Merck Manual Consumer Version (website)
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Merck Manual Professional Version (website)
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written for the health care professional.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (website)
Science-based research information on alternative and complementary medicine.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO)
Full-text coverage of topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Salem Online
Provides online, searchable access to the full text of a variety of Grey House, H.W. Wilson, and Salem Press titles owned by the Library, in the following subjects: Health, History, Literature, and Science.

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AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)
A trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS [American Hospital Formulary Service] includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers.

Drug Information Portal (website)
A gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies.

Pillbox (website)
From the National Library of Medicine, this site enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images.

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DemographicsNow (Gale)
From People & Companies, select list type Physician/Dentist List to locate medical professionals by name, gender, specialty and more.

DoctorFinder (website)
From the AMA, DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.

ReferenceUSA (Infogroup)
Search U.S. Healthcare to locate doctors and dentists, among the information provided are gender, age, and medical school attended.

State Medical Board of Ohio (website)
From here, under “For the Public,” find such links as: Licensee Look-up, File a Complaint, and Public Records Request.

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Crisis Text Line (website)
Text “4HOPE” to 741 741.  Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (website)
Call 2-1-1 .  Every called is connected with a highly trained service professional in our area.  The 211 Database, linked here, is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of local health and social services.  Individuals can access the database, free of charge, to locate resources.

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Health & Medicine Classes & Careers

Learning Express Library (from Ohio Means Jobs website)
Under Career Test Prep, you will find many health career practice tests.

Ultimate Medical Academy Resume Guide (website)
This guide provides detailed information to help people create resumes to be hired in the healthcare field.

Universal Class (RBdigital)
With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses on many subjects, including Health & Medicine!

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Don’t Forget:
While libraries and librarians provide access to medical information, librarians are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. This information is intended to provide a broad overview of health care topics; and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider. The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County does not recommend the self-management of health problems. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.