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Health on the Web

The resources below have been evaluated and represent some of the best available in online health information.

Article Search | General Health | Nutrition| Fitness | Reference Tools |
Specific Populations | Select Health Concerns | Treatments
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General Health

  • Healthfinder
    Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
    Includes a search by disease, drug search, health news, newsletter registration,
    online checkups, and links to health organizations.
  • Mayo Clinic
    Source: Mayo Clinic of Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.
    Includes a search by disease, symptom checker, first-aid guide, health tools
    and videos, and newsletter registration.
  • MedlinePlus
    Source: National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and
    other government agencies.
    Includes a search by health topics, drugs and supplements search, news, tutorials,
    surgery videos, medical dictionary and encyclopedia, directories, and a
    link to clinical trial information. Also try MedlinePlus – Easy to read
  • NIH – Health Information
    Source: National Institutes of Health.
    Includes a search by health topics or body location and links to newsletters, health databases and health agencies.
  • WebMD
    Source: Content staff and independent medical review board
    Includes an A-Z guide for hundreds of topics, news.



Reference Tools

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Glossaries, and Visual Aides


Location and Comparison Tools

Specific Populations







Multilingual Resources

Select Health Concerns




Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Liver Disease


Heart Disease

Influenza (Flu)

Kidney Disease



Clinical Trials


Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Drug Information

Tests and Surgeries

Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Supplements


** Please note that the information provided in this website is offered for general informational and educational purposes only; it does not constitute medical advice nor endorsement. In no way are any of the materials presented meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. You should not act or rely upon any of the resources and information available in or from this website without seeking the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider. **

Evaluating Health Websites

For your health’s sake, please evaluate health information on the web with great care. Check the validity of information from one site by comparing it with other sites. Non-profit organizations with a mission to share information, universities, and professional health organizations often have quality websites. Commercial websites which advertise products and any site asking for your personal information should be read with great care.

Remember the ABC’s of evaluation:

  • Authority – Who is the source? Is there an ‘About Us’ page and contact information?
  • Bias – Are they promoting a product or service? Who provides funding?
  • Currency – What is the date on the information? Are there broken (neglected) links?

The Health on the Web resources have been evaluated and represent some of the best available in online health information.

For more on evaluating websites see: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

We also suggest you evaluate health related news articles by searching on Health News Review.