Major Research Tools


Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering topics related to bioethics, including genetically modified foods, social justice, sustainability, and chemical warfare.


Full-Text, Index

Coverage: 2000-present

Access to collection 1 with over 70 peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. Coverage for most journals begins in 2000.

Google Scholar


Search engine for scholarly materials including journal articles. Be sure to use WebBridge to link to Lafayette's resources. Note: if accessing from off-campus, sign in, go to "Settings" and search "Library Links" for "Lafayette." Check "Lafayette College - Lafayette WebBridge" to make WebBridge appear in search results.

MEDLINE via Web of Science


Coverage: 1950-present

The premier index to medical literature for health researchers and professionals. Subject searchers may wish to consult the directory of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), available at the National Library of Medicine's website. A free search interface for MEDLINE, PubMed, with links to select full-text articles is also available. Complete


Full text access to most of Nature publishing group's journals, including current and archival access to Nature and Scientific American.

PubMed Central


Database of biomedical and life sciences journal articles. From the National Institutes of Health.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Abortion Policies and Reproductive Health around the World


United Nations report with information on changes in legal grounds for abortion between 1996 and 2013.

Alan Guttmacher Institute

Data, Full-Text

Data and research reports on sexual and reproductive health issues, including abortion.

Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System


Survey that tracks health conditions and risk behaviors in the U.S. "Provides state-specific information about asthma, diabetes, health care access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use, and more."

CDC Wonder

Data, Gateway

Integrated system for accessing a wide variety of public health reports and data systems available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes a directory by topic, an A to Z index, and WONDER online databases for numerical data on Births, Deaths, Cancer, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis, Vaccine Adverse Events, and more.

Consumer Product Information Database

This Consumer Product Information Database that links consumer brands to health effects has been designed to educate consumers about chemical ingredients of household products, including material safety data sheets (MSDS). The content originally available from the National Library of Medicine's Household Product Database, which is now discontinued, can be found here.

Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured

Data, Full-Text

Includes the "Health Insurance Literature Database," working papers, and links to datasets on the uninsured in the United States. From the University of Michigan.

Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work covering all aspects of adult development and aging.

Global Literature on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Full-Text, Index

Database aggregating research on COVID-19 from countries around the world. Full text included for most articles. From the World Health Organization (WHO).



Gateway to selected consumer health and human services information resources provided by U.S. government agencies and other organizations serving the public interest.



Tracks infectious disease outbreaks in real-time, allowing you to follow their effect on human and animal health. Integrates data from various reporting sources including the World Health Organization and the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

HIV InSite


Extensive searchable information on the treatment, prevention, and policy of HIV disease from the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Includes "Knowledge Base," a well-researched online text prepared by health care professionals. Also includes news alerts.

Household Products Database


Health and safety information on hundreds of household products from the National Library of Medicine. Includes auto, pesticides, cleaners, personal care, and pet products. Searchable by brand name, type of product, manufacturer, chemical name, or CAS registry number. Includes links to Material Safety Data Sheets. Taken offline in 2018. Link to archived site from Library of Congress.

Images from the History of Medicine (IHM)

Visual Resource

Includes 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dating from the 15th to 21st century.

In Their Own Words


Collection of oral histories, documents, and images related to the National Institutes of Health's early research on AIDS.

Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database


Annotated database of literature, art, and films that deal with issues of health or disease, health care, social medicine, and related topics. From the NYU School of Medicine.


Easy to understand articles on health-related topics, from the Mayo Clinic.

Medical Services and Warfare

Coverage: 1845-c. 1935

Archive documenting the history of nursing and medicinal practices during wartime, with a focus on the American Civil War, the Crimean War, and the First World War (including the outbreak of influenza in 1918).

Medicine and Madison Avenue

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Images of 600+ health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines from the 1910s to the 1950s. Ads illustrate the variety and evolution of marketing images for a wide range of products, such as: household cleaners, vitamins, pain relievers, and diet aids. Also includes historical documents (i.e. reports, editorials, radio scripts) that relate to the creation and influence of health-related advertisements.



Current and reliable health information from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Includes information on specific diseases, clinical trials of drugs, directories of hospitals and physicians, and other health information resources. Intended for both consumers and health professionals.

Merck Manual Consumer Version


Consumer-oriented medical manuals which "transform the language of the professionals' version into commonly used English."

Merck Manual Professional Version


Reference source for health care professionals. Includes drug information, brief overviews of medical topics, and resources for further exploration.

National Cancer Institute


Information on cancer and cancer related research including links to statistical data, NCI publications, consumer health information, clinical trial protocols, and the PDQ Cancer Information Database.

National Center for Health Statistics


Extensive collection of statistical reports and publications from the U.S. government. Includes Health United States annual report and chartbook, Healthy People publications, Vital Statistics of the United States, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR), datasets from National Health Interview Survey, and much more.

Nutrient Data Laboratory

Includes USDA National Nutrient Database, which provides detailed information on the nutritional value of foods. Also includes lists of foods that contain a particular nutrient.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology

Full-Text, Reference

Articles covering key individuals, institutions, and organizations responsible for major developments in science, medicine and technology in the U.S. as well as the concepts, practices, and processes underlying these developments.


Provides the latest government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza with specific instructions for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.

Pennsylvania Department of Health: Health Statistics and Research


Vital statistics, cancer incidence, health risk behavior data, and other health statistics for the state.


Coverage: 1970-present

Indexes journal articles, books, and technical reports on population, family planning, and related issues. In addition, POPLINE focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography and population and the environment.

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900


Pamphlets, ads, books, trade cards, posters, and other ephemera meant to educate the general public about "popular" medicine and remedies.


State-level data on health status (including smoking rates); health costs, insurance, and services; women's health (including abortion policies and statistics); minority health; and AIDS/HIV (including sex education policies). From the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Surgeon General Reports


Full text of the reports of the Surgeon General back to 1964. Covers topics such as smoking, nutrition, AIDS, and violence.

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program

Resource for learning about toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities reported by industrial and federal facilities. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).