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The National Library of Medicine offers a wide variety of free evidence-based medicine resources and databases. This selection may be the most useful for public libraries. 

  • MedlinePlus 
    • For patients, families, and friends
    • Provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand
    • Free reliable, up-to-date health information
  • Health and Aging
    • Provides reliable, easy to understand health information
    • Includes background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • NLM Drug Information Portal
    • A gateway to selected drug information from NLM and other key U.S. Government agencies
    • Enables searches using a drug’s trade name or generic name
  • Pillbox
    • Enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images
    • Provides links to drug information and drug labels
  • Drug Information Portal 
    • A gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies.  
    • Includes summaries tailored to various audiences
  • Genetics Home Reference
    • NLM's consumer-friendly site for information about genetic conditions, the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions
    • Includes the effects of genetic variations on human health
  • Household Products Database
    • Includes 11,000+ consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers
    • Enables scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine
    • Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
  • HealthFinder
    • Easy-to-read, actionable, and evidence-based health information