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

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


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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 Local Library?

A local library is a good place to start research. This may be your public, community college, or health sciences or another library. A local library 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 Health Sciences Library Services?

  • Call your NLM Supported Regional Medical Library at 1-800-338-7657 to find the closest medical library open to you.
  • Use the list of Medical Research Libraries by State.
  • Use MedlinePlus Find a Library.
  • Ask a hospital/health sciences/medical library what services are available to you such as interlibrary loan, reference assistance, or database searches. Ask if the library charges fees.
  • Ask your health care provider or your local public or university library about a referral to a local medical library.

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What Other Federal Sites have Health Information?

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How Do I Evaluate Information I Find?

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