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FAQ: National Library of Medicine® Guide to Finding Health Information

NLM librarians can't answer questions about individual medical cases or give medical advice. We can suggest health information resources.


What NLM/NIH Resources Might Help Me with My Research?

These web pages that may help you with research:

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Why Should I Go to a Library Near Me?

A library near you is a good place to start research. This may be your public, community college, university, health sciences, or another library. A library near you may:

  • provide one-on-one help;
  • tell you about other local or regional resources;
  • help you get materials; or
  • provide Internet access to health resources.

Library resources, either in print or electronic, to ask about:

  • Medical or nursing textbooks, dictionaries or encyclopedias, and drug information handbooks.
  • Directories, including directories of doctors and medical specialists; and health information directories to find consumer health resources, support groups, and organizations.
  • Database access that requires subscriptions and other subscription services.
  • Interlibrary Loan and Loansome Doc. Interlibrary Loan is the standard way libraries get materials they do not own, but another library has and will share. Loansome Doc allows you to order articles directly from PubMed with the request going to a participating local library.

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How Might I Get Services at a Health Sciences Library?

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What Other Federal Government Sites Have Health Information?

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How Do I Evaluate Information that I Find?

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