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Introduction to MedlinePlus. Jamie Dwyer University of Illinois at Chicago Visiting Assistant Information Services Librarian. Objectives. Discuss Health Education & Health Information Introduce & Explore MedlinePlus. Health Education. Awareness of health topics

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introduction to medlineplus

Introduction toMedlinePlus

Jamie Dwyer

University of Illinois at Chicago

Visiting Assistant Information Services Librarian

  • Discuss Health Education & Health Information
  • Introduce & Explore MedlinePlus
health education
Health Education
  • Awareness of health topics
  • Understanding of medical conditions
  • Limited time with (or access to) health professionals
evaluating information
Evaluating Information
  • What makes you trust a website?
  • MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing:
  • Assess: Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose
health information resources
Health Information Resources

Top 5 most popular health websites:

what is medlineplus
What is MedlinePlus?
  • Free, trusted, quality health information for over 900 topics
  • From the National Library of Medicine (National Institute of Health)
  • Links to a variety of resources
  • Videos, quizzes, and interactive tutorials
  • No advertising!
who should use medlineplus
Who should use MedlinePlus?
  • Patients
  • Family & friends
  • Consumers
  • 5th-8th grade reading level (“Easy to Read” and “Interactive Tutorials”)
  • Many items in Spanish & other languages
when to use medlineplus
When to use MedlinePlus?
  • Look up a medical term or condition
  • Explore a health topic
  • Get drug information
  • Find trustworthy organizations
why use medlineplus
Why use MedlinePlus?
  • Free, trusted health information following quality guidelines
  • Continuous review/updates
  • Links to over 35,000 additional authoritative resources
where to use medlineplus
Where to use MedlinePlus?
  • Website is available 24/7
  • Access on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone at public libraries & community centers with internet access
  • Mobile version:
  • Regular version:
how to use medlineplus
How to use MedlinePlus?
  • Browse by health topic
  • Search for health information

Search box: enter terms to search all MedlinePlus content


Videos, interactive tutorials, quizzes, calculators, and games

View by category or browse alphabetically. Over 900 topics!

Browse alphabetically for prescription & over-the-counter medicines as well as herbs & supplements

medical dictionary
Medical Dictionary

Look up definitions of medical terms.

popular searches
Popular Searches

Click word to view related information, or “See more” for the top 100 search terms Search Cloud.

The bigger the word, the more times it has been searched.

featured site
Featured Site

Health topic of interest

about your health
About Your Health

Health topics of interest to specific populations

  • General
  • Seniors
  • Men
  • Women
  • Children
nihseniorhealth clinical trials
NIHSeniorHealth & Clinical Trials

Link to

Information for older adults

Link to

Information on drug & treatment studies


Find libraries, health professionals, services & facilities.


Alphabetical by name

Alphabetical by topic

health news stay connected
Health News & Stay Connected

New health information

Sign up for email updates on health topics


Read issues of NIH MedlinePlus: The Magazine

easy to read
Easy to Read

5th-8th grade reading level

multiple languages
Multiple Languages

Trusted resources in various languages

Browse by language or topic

sample search results1
Sample Search Results
  • All results
  • Health Topics
  • Videos and Tutorials
  • Medical Encyclopedia
  • External Health Links
sample search filter options
Sample Search Filter Options

Filter results by Type or Keyword

health topic sample
Health Topic Sample
  • Summary
  • Medical Encyclopedia
  • Related Topics
health topic sample1
Health Topic Sample
  • BasicsLearn MoreMultimediaResearchReference ShelfFor You
  • OverviewsLatest NewsDirectoriesetc.
  • Languages
thank you

Thank you!

Jamie Dwyer