Highly Recommended

U.S. National Library of Medicine

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is recommended for its large range of medically accurate and up-to-date health materials. The site also provides links to many federally funded online health resources such as the medical encyclopedia MedlinePlus, DailyMed, and Environmental Health & Toxicology.

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Review Date: 5/18/2018

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Ease of Use

Users unfamiliar with this site may at first be overwhelmed and confused. The site's content and available information is not immediately clear, and users may need to spend time on the main page deciphering the several menus and overwhelming amount of available information.

Visual Design

The homepage's bold blue font stands out against a white background and provides a pleasant contrast. Most of this website directs visitors to other related websites, but the visual design here is professional and consistent. The site displays a thoughtful use of images, color, and white space.

Quality

The National Library of Medicine is considered an accurate and reliable source of high-quality and up-to-date health information. Much of the content is comes from results of numerous U.S. government-funded research programs.

Credibility

The National Library of Medicine is sponsored by the highly credible National Institutes of Health. This website links to multiple medical websites that are meticulously maintained for accuracy and currency.

Pros

  1. Extremely comprehensive source of information on a variety of health-related topics such as medications, disease, and historical information specific to all facets of human health
  2. Provides in-depth clinical trial information and full-text articles of biomedical literature
  3. Provides links to trustworthy, reliable, and accurate websites, including many government sites

Cons

  1. Many of the site's resources seem more appropriate for medical professionals

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Research database access, clinical trial enrollment, mobile apps, video library

Languages: English

Contact: NIHinfo@od.nih.gov