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This guide provides links to health information, health tools, directories of local health services, and medical and health news. For diagnosis and for answers to your personal health questions, consult with a qualified health care provider.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 URL: http://guides.hshsl.umaryland.edu/consumerhealth Print Guide RSS Updates

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Tips for finding health information online

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing contains great tips on what to look for when evaluating health information websites. 

  • Consider the source: Use recognized authorities, know who is responsible for the content. Look for an "about us" page.
  • Look for evidence: Rely on medical research, not opinions, and focus on quality information.
  • Check for currency: Look for the latest information. Is the information current and up to date? Look for dates on documents.
  • Beware of bias: What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site? Ads should be clearly marked.
  • Protect your privacy: Health information should be confidential. Does the site have a privacy policy and tell you what information they collect?

Find a Library

Find a library near you that provides health information services to local residents using the MedlinePlus library locator.

Health Videos and Tutorials

Understanding Medical Words

Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

Click here to take this interactive tutorial and learn how to put together parts of medical words.

Clinical Trials

The National Institutes of Health has created a website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.

Visitors to the website will find information about:

  • The basics of clinical trial participation
  • First hand experiences from actual clinical trial volunteers
  • Explanations from researchers
  • Links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program
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