Skip to Main Content

Health & Medicine: Research Resources

Information sources for the researching general medical topics


Health & Medicine


This Research Guide will help you find general health and medical information in books, library databases and websites.

For information on specific allied health fields: 
Allied Health Research Guide

health professional taking patient's blood pressure

Source: CDC Public Health Image Library,

Disclaimer: The information made available through this research guide is not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. Please consult a physician if you have symptoms that may require diagnosis and medical treatment or if you would like more information on these topics. 

Recommended Websites

excellent starting point for your research; reliable, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine

Merck Manual - Consumer Edition
written for the consumer; explains disorders, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and prognosis

Merck Manual - Professional Version
written for the healthcare professional

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
credible source for information on health and safety topics
health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians
resources on a wide range of health topics selected from government and non-profit organizations; developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

health information written and edited by physicians and educators from the Mayo Clinic

National Library of Medicine - Pacific Northwest Region (Region 5)
NNLM - Region 5 provides access to the highest level of evidence-based health information, with an emphasis on reaching the most underserved communities.

Health and Human Services
includes a list of programs & services and laws & regulations.

Sources for Statistics

Public Health Data - Spokane Regional Health District

reports and fact sheets about community health issues for the Spokane area

Kaiser State Health Facts
a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data for all 50 states

National Center for Health Statistics
a rich source of statistical information about America's health

Help with Research

You can get help with your research by chatting online with a librarian (available 24/7), by emailing us (, or by calling the SCC Library Reference Desk at (509) 533-8821 during our normal business hours.

Citation Guides
How to cite sources in Chicago style, plus other writing assistance information.

Library Databases

Library databases contain reliable information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. They can be found in the research databases section of the SCC Library homepage.

The following databases deal exclusively with the health sciences.  They are designed for healthcare professionals and may contain information that is difficult to read for the average person.


Use the search box on the library webpage to look for books in the SCC and SFCC libraries.

Books that check out are on the 2nd floor of the library.

You'll find health and medicine in these Dewey Decimal areas:

610 - 619

Reference books are on the 1st floor of the library. These include medical dictionaries, drug books, encyclopedias and handbooks. Here are some examples:

Deciphering Medspeak

What Did My Doctor Say?
alphabetical list of medical words with easy-to-understand definitions; from the Medical Library Association

Understanding Medical Words
fun, interactive tutorial; from the National Library of Medicine