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Health Information Resources: Public Health Information

This is a research guide for Williams users and North Berkshire community members on health information resources available here at Williams College and from local and federal organization and agencies.

Publicly Available Health Information Resources

On this page, you can find links to and descriptions of trustworthy health information resources that are available to the general public. If you have any questions about accessing or using them, please feel free to reach out to a librarian near you! 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) aims to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals' access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. 

Other Resources

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Are you considering signing up for a service like 23andMe, or AncestryDNA? Keep in mind the potential privacy, security, ethical, and societal issues that may come with making your genetic information available to companies. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) consumer health resource, Genetics Home Reference, has expanded its Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing content to provide more in-depth coverage of this popular topic.

Research Tip: Unpaywall

Use Unpaywall

image of laptop woth green unpaywall icon, indicating the article is available for freeUnpaywall is an open database of millions of free scholarly articles. It includes open access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and makes it easy to find, track, and use.
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