If you’re looking for health information for yourself or a family member, here are some of the most authoritative and credible sources as selected by the librarians and staff of Becker Medical Library.


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.


If you’re looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that’s free of “doctor speak,” you’ve come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.

Health Information for Seniors

From the National Institute of Aging, the Health Information site provides links to up-to-date and reliable information on aging research and health and wellness for older adults.

Genetics Home Reference

Produced by the National Library of Medicine,  Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variation on human health.

Books at the Health & Wellness Information Center

The Feuerstein Health & Wellness Information Center offers over 200 books on a wide variety of topics. Books are available for checkout  to all Washington University staff, students and faculty and registered borrowers with Becker Library.