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Online Health Resources

Find a comprehensive list of online health resources compiled by GRPL staff.

Looking for local resources? Our Community Portal features links to resources available in Michigan.
GRPL library card holders can also access free health resources through our Online Database.


Health and Medicine

Consumer Health Information

  • Detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions.
  • Available in 17 languages.
  • Answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to-read text and links to additional information.

Consumer Health Complete

  • Provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

  • Consumer health information including magazines and reference books.
  • Includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Alt Health Watch

  • Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
  • It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

Psychology & Behavioral Health Collection

  • Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.
  • For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students.
Finding Reliable Health Information

Health literacy is “the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others” (defined by the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People initiative). The links below provide guidance for finding and understanding health information, as well as how to find reliable health information.

Medline Plus: The Basics of Health Literacy

  • The link above describes the importance of health literacy and provides links to resources aimed at educating the public on how to find, understand, and use health information.

Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial From the National Library of Medicine

  • The National Library of Medicine provides a quick, easy-to-navigate, self-paced tutorial that teaches individuals how to evaluate health information found on the Internet.

Trust It or Trash It

  • Trust It or Trash It is a quick and easy 3-step tool to help individuals evaluate the quality of health information.

Online Health Information: Is it Reliable? 

  • This web page from the National Institute on Aging provides simple guidelines for finding reliable health information online.

Find Good Health Information

  • This page was created by the Medical Library Association to help individuals find reliable health information. It provides simple guidelines for evaluating online health content.
Understanding Medical Terminology & Talking with Your Doctor

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

  • The National Library of Medicine provides an easy-to-navigate tutorial aimed at teaching individuals about medical words they might hear at a doctor’s appointment or other healthcare settings.

What Did My Doctor Say?

  • The Medical Library Association (MLA) has compiled a list of definitions of commonly used words and word roots used by healthcare providers.

Talking to Your Doctor

  • This page, created by the National Institutes of Health, provides simple resources to help prepare for and get the most out of doctors’ appointments. Resources for talking about specific health conditions are also provided.
Top Health Websites


  • “MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).” – From MedlinePlus website
  • Contains information on over 1000 health conditions, wellness issues, drugs and supplements, and medical tests and is regularly reviewed to provide the most current health information.
  • Provides health information in an easy-to-read format and in many languages.
  • Includes a comprehensive list of links to other health organizations that provide reliable, subject-specific health information.

Mayo Clinic: Patient Care and Health Information

  • The Mayo Clinic is a highly-ranked health system in the United States. They offer information on a variety of diseases and conditions, symptoms, tests and procedures, and drugs and supplements.

National Institutes of Health: Health Information

National Institute on Aging: Health Information

  • The National Institute on Aging (NIA) “Health Information” page provides reliable information focused on the health of older adults. This includes A-to-Z health topics as well as resources for caregivers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, health while traveling, emergency preparedness, and more.

Lab Tests Online

  • Lab Tests Online is a website designed to help patients and their caregivers understand lab tests used in health care. It is produced by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

  • NIMH offers expert-reviewed information on mental and behavioral health and provides easy-to-understand brochures and fact sheets covering a large range of topics. The organization also provides links to resources and organizations to help individuals, families, and friends dealing with mental health concerns.

MLA Top Health Websites

  • The Medical Library Association (MLA) has reviewed and compiled a list of top health websites organized by topic. The list includes sites about general health, cancer by type, diabetes, eye disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and stroke.
Food and Nutrition

The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for you?

  • In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  updated the nutrition facts label for the first time since 1994. The updated label makes it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. These labels began appearing on foods in supermarkets in January 2020. This link provides information about the new label and how to use it in daily life. For a more active learning experience, try the FDA’s Interactive Nutrition Facts Label.

  • This website, managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides current information on food recalls/outbreaks in the U.S. The site also has information including food safety by type and season, food storage, safe minimum cooking temperatures, and how to keep food safe during a power outage or other emergency.

MedlinePlus: Food Allergies

  • MedlinePlus provides information on food allergies by food type and includes resources for pre- and post-diagnosis.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Complementary and Integrative Health

Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?

  • The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) describes the difference between the terms “complementary,” “alternative,” and “integrative” as they relate to health.

MedlinePlus: Complementary and Integrative Medicine

  • Learn the basics of complementary and integrative medicine. MedlinePlus includes helpful resources for individuals who want to learn more about non-mainstream health approaches.

MedlinePlus: Herbs and Supplements

  • Browse a comprehensive list of herbs and supplements and learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, interactions with other medications and other safety concerns.