National Library of Medicine & Health


From the U.S. National Library of Medicine – this one-stop site contains many links to information published by government agencies about different health conditions and links to organizations, directories, dictionaries, and clearinghouses.

Medline with Full Text

MEDLINE with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for more than 1,370 journals indexed in MEDLINE. Of those, more than 1,340 have cover-to-cover indexing in MEDLINE, and of those, 528 are not found with full text in any version of Academic Search, Health Source or Biomedical Reference Collection.


This site was designed to provide access to the current MEDLINE and then link to full-text articles where available from citations retrieved. A nice feature of PubMed is the ability to link to “related articles” when you find an article on your topic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get up-to-date public health information on communicable diseases (e.g. hepatitis, AIDS, tuberculosis, etc.). Invaluable information can be obtained from the Traveler’s Health section including travel advisories for specific geographic regions, disease outbreaks, risks and prevention strategies, plus immunization recommendations. Full-text access to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), reports on communicable disease.

Clinical Trials

The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. Before searching, you may want to learn more about clinical trials and more about this Web site.

Information on current clinical research studies: purpose, location and participants of trials.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Home Page

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent U.S. Federal regulatory agency, works to reduce the risks of injury or death from consumer products by issuing and maintaining safety standards, educating the public, issuing recalls, and research.

Healthfinder – Powered by Google

DHHS Healthfinder now offers a powerful site and new way to access and search for information on this database.


The online consumer health information web site produced by the U. S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The site offers user-friendly access to its original material (core information such as fact sheets and frequently-asked-questions on top health concerns), and hyperlinks to Federal, state, local, university and nonprofit consumer health resources, online documents, discussion groups, electronic mail lists, and federal databases.

National Health Information Center

Provides the Health Information Resource Database listing over 1000 organizations and government offices that provide health information upon request. This site contains synopses of the annual Partnership for Networked Consumer Health Information conference.

NIH Senior Health

This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PMC is free and unrestricted.

PubMed Health

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). PubMed Health partners with major Health Agencies and the Cochrane Collaboration to include systematic reviews of clinical trials and evidenced based medicine information. See About Pub Med Health and Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care. Search for Diseases and Conditions.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Safety information for drugs (for human and animals), cosmetics, food products, and medical and radiological devices. Free full-text of FDA Consumer magazine articles is available on the site (from 1995) and under the Health Professionals section you can access the Bad Bug Book (offering basic facts on food borne pathogenic organisms and natural toxins). The FDA Web Site Index is easy to use. Check under “Web sites” for links to non-government sites.

Cancer Resources


CANHELP, Inc. is a fee-based service that provides extensive, current, individualized information packets to cancer patients. Look at the Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights by the director of CANHELP, medical writer Patrick M. McGrady, Jr.

Cansearch Online Guide to Cancer Resources

From the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship; a guided tour designed to assist the unexperienced in finding sources on the Net to get to cancer resources quickly so they can find answers to their questions and become more informed patients and caretakers.

Obesity Database

Overeaters Anonymous San Diego Intergroup

Health Central Bariatric Surgery (useful of exercise & Bariatric information)

EBSCOhost Databases

This section displays the four databases available for users: AltHealth Watch, E-Journals, Medline with full text, and CINAHL with full text. To search within a single database, click the database name listed. To select more than one database to search, check the boxes next to the databases and click Continue.

Drug Information Databases

DailyMed – Current Medical Information.

It is provided by the National Library of Medicine as a public service and does not accept advertisement. It is a comprehensive source, but you can’t search across the entire collection.

An up-to-date source of drug information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. Free on the Internet, a commercial site.

Drug Digest

Information on the use of herbs, drugs, and vitamins, and their interactions. Also includes overviews on a variety of health conditions. Available free on the Web from Express Scripts, Inc., the nation’s largest independent pharmacy benefit manager.

MedlinePlus.Gov – Drugs, Supplements and Herbs

A service of the National Library of Medicine/ NI H National Institutes of Health.

Natural Standard

Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. Natural Standard is impartial; not supported by any interest group, professional organization or product manufacturer.

PDR Health, Physicians’ Desk Reference

This is an A to Z arrangement of drugs from the 2011 PDR. Search by drug name, health condition or disease. The most Popular searches and conditions are listed in side box on right.

PDR Network, the leading distributor of drug labeling information, product safety Alerts, and REMS programs includes the Physicians’ Desk Reference® (PDR®), the most trusted and commonly used drug information reference,®, mobile PDR®, and PDR Drug Alerts, the only service providing electronic delivery of mandated safety Alerts to physicians and other prescribers.

Other Health Databases

Alt HealthWatch

This full-text article database includes over 150 alternative medicine and complementary health magazines, journals and proceedings. Among the publications available are several Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine journals. It focuses on complementary, holistic, integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Information on current clinical research studies: purpose, location and participants of trials.

Cochrane Library

Independent, high-quality, evidence for health care decision making. Access from the PCOM campus and library. Do Not Need to Login, just search and retrieve abstracts and full text. How to use? Go to Learn Tab or Tutorial section.


Medical information written by physicians for patients and consumers on important health topics. Start by clicking on a letter in our topics A-Z, visit a Health Resource Center, or use our search function

Google Scholar

Search for scholarly literature using Google’s familiar search engine. Not as precise as using a database like Ebsco or Gale, but can be a good starting point to help narrow down your search. Google Scholar’s focus is mostly on the humanities. 

Health Central

This is a comprehensive consumer health site with information on topics from A-Z, discussion centers, and the online advice of Dr. Dean Edell. Other features include personalized health profiles and advice about finding and using health information from an online librarian, Rochelle Perrine Schmalz, the founding medical librarian of the first Planetree Health Resource Center, (opened in 1981).

Health World

A colorful and healthful world is mapped out on this site offering both alternative and conventional medical information – including text on self-care approaches to common problems, excerpts from the classic Nutritional Influences on Illness, audio readings from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and links to the Merck Manual and Medline. The advisory board and authors are leaders in the fields of consumer health and complementary medicine. This site provides a fee-based Internet search service ($50/hr) that reviews web sites and includes a Medline search.


This site contains feature articles for health care professionals, patients, and families; and links to related clinical information. Access is free, but a one-time registration is required. They offer free Medline access and some access to full text journals. Updated weekly; email notification of updates is also available.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

One of the world’s foremost medical research centers. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the federal focal point for health research. The NIH website offers health information for the public as well as medical professionals.

OTseeker Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability. These ratings will help you to judge the quality and usefulness of trials for informing clinical interventions. OTseeker provides you with fast and easy access to trials from a wide range of sources.

PEDro is a free database of over 17,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. George Institute of Global Health, affiliated with University of Sydney, Australia.

Qigong and Energy Medicine Database

The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™ is a collection of over 5000 abstracts collected by Dr. Sancier and the Qigong Institute over the past twenty years. It includes a database of Qigong dissertations.


Health A to Z Guide covers common health conditions. The site provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

Disaster Information Resources


Includes information on 400+ chemical, biological, and radiological agents.

Bioterrorism Information Resources


PubMed Health


Sample Disaster Topics





Professional Societies


Multiple valuable sources of local emergency assistance is provided on this site. In addition click the CERT link for Safety tips.

Consumer Health Information from MEDLINE PLUS


Incendios Forestales

Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Seguridad contra incendios

Medlineplus en Español

Nursing and Allied Health

CINAHL Full Text

CINAHL® with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 610 journals indexed in CINAHL.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

This database offers reliable, comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing and allied health including journals, video, dissertations, reference books and more. It is accessible at the PCOM campuses and libraries. To get access outside of PCOM campuses, use the PCOM Secure Site or Campus Cruiser.