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Top Health Websites
MLA's Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) evaluates websites based on credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers.
Check out websites that have been deemed particularly useful (in each area, sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order).
Find general health websites, and also sites recommended for
- breast cancer | diabetes
- eye disease | heart disease
- HIV/AIDS | stroke
What websites should I trust?
You just searched for a health term and got 2.2 million hits. Don't be discouraged! Connect to MLA's guide and learn to find and evaluate health information.
- Find tips on filtering health-related web pages in search engines;
- Learn to use quality electronic finding tools from trusted sources; and
- follow our guidelines to evaluate the content of health-related websites.
What did my doctor say?
IN VIVOThis means that something takes place inside a living body.
RETICULUMThis can mean a system of connected parts, a network.
REVERSE TRANSCRIPTASEa chemical needed by the HIV virus to copy itself.
ACE INHIBITORSThis means “angiotensionconverting enzyme inhibitors”. These are drugs used to treat heart problems or high blood pressure. They help keep blood vessels open so the blood can flow more easily. Then the heart doesn’t have to work so hard.
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Find a Medical library
- You may be able to get health information at your local public library. Some public librarians have been trained to help you with your health questions.
- You can also try to find a local health or medical library that serves the public. Visit the MedlinePlus library locator page to find libraries in your state (US) or Province (Canada).
- If a library is not close by, you may try their website or call to see if they can help you with information.