The Central NY Library Resources Council supports libraries in Herkimer, Madison, Oneida & Onondaga counties and advocates for libraries everywhere!

To inquire about hosting a Healthy Searching workshop at your library, please email Medical Circuit Librarian Angela Thor at clrcmcl at verizon dot net

Healthy Searching is the CLRC’s consumer health workshop series! These workshops can teach you to find reliable health information online. The CLRC offers both patron and staff training courses to area libraries, health clinics, community centers, and more!

Have a health question? Look no further! This list from our courses contains links to credible medical Web sites from government, educational, and professional sources. Find information on health conditions, drugs and supplements, healthcare facilities, government services, and more!

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General Sources | Pills, Supplements, and Lab Tests | Healthy Living | Easy-to-Read Health Information | New York State Sources
Sources for Seniors | Sources for Kids, Teens and Parents | Sources for Veterans
Mobile Websites and Apps | Information for Non-English Speakers

General Sources


MedlinePlus, from the National Institutes of Health, provides easy-to-find health information that is reliable, free, and doesn’t try to sell you anything. It has text, audio, and video information on medical symptoms, conditions, and research as well as information about prescription drugs and supplements. There is also a dictionary and a section on understanding medical terms.

Clear Health Costs

Even with health insurance, it’s important to check out costs on expensive procedures. You can look up the range of costs for a variety of things from blood tests to MRIs to teeth whitening.

AHRQ Question Builder

The Question Builder, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, helps you create a printable list of questions to take to your doctor visits to make it easier to talk about your condition, prescriptions, tests, etc.

Your Health Priorities

This tool from the AHRQ has you answer a series of questions about which aspects of your health are most important to you. You can then give this information to your doctor to help determine which treatments will be effective without harming your quality of life.

Health Insurance Guide

If you would like to better understand what health insurance is all about, this is the place to go. You will find terminilogy and explanations on types of health insurance, including Medicaid, as well as information on the Affordable Care Act and navigating healthcare for the uninsured.

Pills, Supplements, and Lab Tests


Can’t remember what that pink pill is? This tool from the  National Institutes of Health’s can help you to identify it. You can search by shape, size, color, imprint, and even scoring.

Pill Identification Wizard

Forgot what that orange pill you found at the bottom of your purse is? If you don’t find it with Pillbox, try Pill ID Wizard. You can search by color, shape, or imprint.

Drug Savings Tool

This AARP tool lets you compare medications to see if there is, perhaps, an equivalent medication at a lower cost or one with fewer side effects. You can then talk to your physician about possibly changing your prescription.

Lab Tests Online

Helps you understand your lab report including ranges and reliability. Also available for 16 countries other than the U.S.

Understanding Routine Lab Test Results

AARP provides information on the big three: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count (CBC), and Lipid Panel.

About Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products

Evidence-based information on herbs, botanicals, vitamins, supplements, and more.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This National Institutes of Health organization researches alternative medicine from herbs and supplements to acupuncture and massage.

FDA for Consumers

Get the latest on drug recalls, withdrawals, and safety alerts.

Healthy Living

Choose My Plate

Choose My Plate, a service of the USDA, offers advice for healthy eating, getting enough physical activity, and age-specific nutrition pages.


SuperTracker has nutritional information for a wide variety of foods, along with tools to help you keep track of your eating and exercise. With an account, you can create your own personal health plan tailored to your body type and lifestyle.

Easy-to-Read Health Information

MedlinePlus Easy-to-Read

An A-Z listing of health materials and tutorials in an easy-to-read format.

 National Center for Farm Worker Health

A short list of bilingual health pamphlets.

Understanding Medical Words

A tutorial to teach you about medical terms.

New York State Web sites

NY State of Health – Health Plan Marketplace

Shop, compare, and enroll in a health insurance plan. Includes a premium and tax credit estimator.

NYS Hospital Profile

The NYS Hospital Profile provides quality-of-care ratings for the hospitals in your area. Click your county on the map and choose a hospital to find out how big it is, if it will perform the procedure you need, or if it’s been cited for violations.

NYS Nursing Home Profile

NYS Nursing Home Profile rates the quality of care at nursing homes in your area. Select your county to see a list of nursing homes. Select a home to see official state ratings, complaints brought against the facility, and any corrective actions taken.

NYS Physicians Profile

Physicians Profile can help you find a doctor by name, speciality, or services offered. Each profile contains information about the doctor’s education, practice, legal history, and professional activities.

NYS Prescription Drug Prices

You can compare prices at pharmacies in your area of the 150 most frequently prescribed drugs in the state. NOTE: Some smaller, locally owned pharmacies have not reported their prices to the database.


Though not run by NY state, this site allows you to look up drug prices within a specific, city or zip code, so if you don’t find it at NYS Prescription, try here.

Sources for Seniors

NIH SeniorHealth

NIH Senior Health has information on the major health topics affecting older adults. It also has videos containing health tips and stories from older adults dealing with conditions or diseases. The exercise stories section has some great profiles of healthy seniors and info on how they stay that way.


The National Institute on Aging offers tips and encouragement for older adults so they can keep active and healthy throughout their life time.

Benefits Checkup

Benefits Checkup can help you find government health benefits. By answering a few questions about your household, income, and assets, you can find what benefits you may qualify for, and be linked to their Web sites quickly. While there are many resources for seniors, members of other groups can find assistance as well.

Medicare Physician Compare

Medicare Physician compare helps you find health care professionals accepting Medicare in your area. You can search by speciality as well as gender.

National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information

The Long Term Care Clearinghouse can help you research, find, and finance care for those who have a chronic illness. is a resource and support center for caregivers. It has financial, health, and legal information as well as a community forum for caregivers to find answers and support. Perhaps the most useful part of the site, however, is the senior care ratings database. Community members share their opinions on care facilities’ cleanliness, staff attitude, medical expertise, and much more!

Sources for Kids, Teens and Parents


KidsHealth, run by Nemours Children’s Hospital, has information for parents, kids, and teens. The pages are colorful and easy to use, and the main pages have featured questions like “How can I balance a part-time job and school?”

Healthy Children

Healthy Children, a service of the American Academy of Pediatrics. has kids’ health info along with an e-mail list for news and updates on breakthroughs in childrens’ health.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The AACAP provides mental health information for issues affecting kids and teens. Click on “Resource Centers” on the homepage to find facts on different mental health conditions.

Kids’ Quest: On Disability and Health

Kids’ Quest is run by the CDC and has several different “quests” to help children learn about some of the most common disabilities. Each quest starts with a quiz to see what kids already know, and then it provides facts, Web sites with more information, movie and book recommendations, and ways to support people with that given disability.

ADA for Kids

The American Dental Association offers information parents can look at with their kids including how  to keep teeth healthy and what to expect from a trip to the dentist.

BAM! Body and Mind

BAM! uses animation to teach kids about their bodies, diseases, safety and healthy lifestyles. Older kids can probably view the site on their own, but younger ones may need some help reading the information and understanding how the activities work.

Go Ask Alice!

Go Ask Alice!, from Columbia University offers older teens and young adults a place to ask health questions. Many questions have already been answered, so it’s best to search the topics section first. There’s also a section with quizzes, games, polls, and other fun activities. NOTE: May contain adult content.

Sources for Veterans

My Health-E-Vet

My Health-E-Vet is the VA’s all-in-one online resource for veterans. By creating an account, you’ll have access to many of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ services right at your fingertips. You can keep track of your health records; find a VA facility; get help with physical, mental, and emotional troubles; and connect with other veterans in your community!

Military OneSource

Military OneSource, from the Department of Defense, contains resources for active members of the military including life in the armed forces, health issues, helping family members adjust, financial and career help, and crisis assistance.

VA Mental Health

This Web page contains resources for Veterans to find immediate help, along with a list of common mental health topics. You can also find nearby VA centers, and take anonymous screening tests for different mental health problems, such as depression and substance abuse.

Veterans’ Health Information Clearinghouse

The Veterans’ Health Information Clearinghouse has resources specifically for New York residents, including local hotlines and state Web sites.

Mobile Websites and Apps

Apps for Healthy Kids

This family friendly site lists mobile apps for kids’ health including tools and games. Mobile Apps Gallery

A comprehensive list of all government mobile apps divided by category.

My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal helps you meet your health goals by keeping track of your daily food intake and exercise. There is nutritional information for thousands of meals (including popular restaurants), and the app breaks down your daily eating habits to let you know which type of nutrients you’re lacking (and which you should probably cut back on). The exercise database lists the calories burned for everything from walking to water-skiing.

Information for non-English Speakers

Finding Consumer Health Materials in Spanish

A good jumping-off point to government Web sites with materials in Spanish including MedlinePlus, HealthFinder, FDA, and NIH.

 Consumer Health Information in Multiple Languages

Health Web sites that have information in more than one language as well as those catering to a specific language.


AIDS information in ten languages and growing.

Spanish-Language Health Resources

Links to Spanish-language health resources for health professionals to share with their patients who are Spanish-speaking.

Any additional questions? Email Angela Thor at clrcmcl at verizon dot net.

This information is intended to be used in partnership with advice from your doctor or other health care professional. Any and all materials supplied by the CLRC are for informational purposes only. The CLRC and their personnel are not giving medical opinion, advice, or care.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

For more information, please visit the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region.