Subject Guide: Health Sciences & Human Services


Database/ Electronic Resources

General Resources

Gerontology: Aging & Elderly


Early Childhood Education


Reference Tools: Encyclopedias, Directories, 


General Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Manuals

Physicians and Other Health Professionals

Hospitals and Other Health Facilities

Professional Associations

Libraries & Selected Collections of Medical 



Compiled by:


Professor Lucinda R. Zoe                                      Michael Wood

Health & Human Services Bibliographer                     Allied Health Bibliographer






Medical Journals

Dentistry & Orthodontics Journals

Gerontology and Geriatrics Journals

Health & Wellness Journals

Nutrition Journals

Public Health Journals

Women's Health Journals

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journals







(National Cancer Institute) - Accesses a bibliographic database that contains more than 1.4 million citations and abstracts from over 4,000 different sources including biomedical journals, proceedings, books, reports, and doctoral theses.

(National Institutes of Health) - provides information for patients about clinical research studies.


CINAHL w/ Headings (Via EBSCO)
Provides indexing for over 1200 nursing, allied health and health sciences journals. CINAHL Information Systems assembles this database. Latest update file 9/21/01. Click here for more info


Collection of 300 databases covering news, business, reference, arts, humanities, social sciences, government, science, technology, medicine, and intellectual property. Over half of the databases offer full-text articles.


The Health Reference Center
The Health Reference Center is available on the World Wide Web through InfoTrac. This database contains full-text articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, HMOs and related subjects. Coverage begins with 1996.


Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides over 520 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also featured are abstracts and indexing for over 560 journals. Click here for a complete title list. Click here for more info


Medline Plus-- National Library of Medicine

MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research  literature.


NOAH (New York Online Access to Health)

NOAH is a government- and university-based site that features scientifically sound information in English and Spanish. It offers information on diseases, nutrition, aging, preventive medicine and other health-related subjects.

PDQ Cancer Treatment

PDQ (Physician Data Query) is an NCI database that contains the latest information about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care, plus clinical trials.


PsycINFO provides citations and abstracts from journals and other publications in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Coverage begins with 1887.


Sociological Abstracts  |  (En Espanol)
This database covers the latest research in the fields of sociology, social sciences and related disciplines. Abstracts and enhanced citations are available for over 1,640 journals, monographs, conference papers and dissertations (1960 - present). Click here for more info


USP DI Volume II, Advice for the Patient
Provides patient-oriented drug information in lay language. Monographs are organized into the following sections: Brand Names commonly used in both the United States and Canada, Description, Before Using This Medicine, Proper Use of This Medicine, Precautions, and Side Effects. Click here for more info






Food and Drug Administration

US Department of Health and Human Services-- FDA's mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely manner.


National Institute of Health

NIH, of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is one of the world's foremost medical research centers, and the Federal focal point for medical research in the U.S. The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. It is comprised of 27 separate Institutes and Centers that provide information services.



The National Cancer Institute’s premier site for cancer information. Provides access to CancerLit, the NCI's bibliographic database specifically for cancer literature, PDQ, the Physician’s Data Query Database of comprehensive and up-to-date cancer information, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The home site for the CDC the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people. Provides grate resources on health topics, and is an excellent resources for health data and statistics. Includes the CDC Fact Book and a Spanish version of primary CDC resources.


HIV/AIDS Resources

This site contains information about organizations that provide HIV/AIDS-related services in New York City (and neighboring communities).  Most of the organizations included in this list are the member organizations of the HIV/AIDS Information Outreach Project of the New York Academy of Medicine Library.


HealthFinder (español)

A guide to reliable consumer health and human services information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Provides access to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. In English and Spanish.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

From the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science and disseminating authoritative information. Includes fact sheets, databases, a clearinghouse and more.


National Health Information Center

A health information referral service from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.


National Women's Health Information Center

A service of the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women's health information resources.


Women's Cancer Network

Developed by the Informatics Committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), this site is dedicated to preventing, detecting and conquering cancer in women.  General cancer resources.


Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center



Designed for scientists and health professionals to help in disseminating research results. Provides updated links to bioscience and medical journal homepages, publishers, online resources, newsgroups, online dictionaries, and abstract databases. Well organized, clean presentation.


US Department of Health and Human Services

The official HHS home page, the responsible agency for public health in the United States.


United Way of NY Cares Database  of Social and Health Services

Community Access to Resources (CAREStm) is the largest database for health and human services information in the Greater New York area. Sponsored and maintained by the United Way of New York City in participation with the New York City Human Resources Administration this excellent resource allows you to search for programs and services by type, borough, target audience, and language.





Administration on Aging - Information on Older Persons and Services for the Elderly (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)


American Geriatrics Society

The AGS site provides news releases on relevant legislative issues including the long-term care initiative and Congress approved Health Professions Bill. A Patient Education Forum, provides questions and answer pages on a growing list of timely topics.


American Society on Aging

This professional association brings together researchers, practitioners, educators, business people and policymakers concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.


American Health Assistance Foundation

Charitable organization dedicated to funding research on age-related and degenerative diseases, educating the public about these diseases, and providing emergency financial assistance to Alzheimer's disease patients and their caregivers.


Gerontology and Geriatrics Journals

A collection of online journals from ScienceKomm. Most titles allow browsing and searching of abstracts, while some provide full-text access. For full-text access to Hostos subscription full-text databases that cover the health sciences, see the Databases/Electronic resources section.


HCFA - Nursing Home Compare

Provides detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.



The official US government site for people with Medicare. Also in Spanish.


The Merck Manual Of Geriatrics -

A full-text and searchable manual (3rd edition, 2000) from Merck's group of medical resources includes information on nursing care, pharmacy issues, best drugs for the elderly, and new chapters on dementia, Alzheimer's disease, rehabilitation, respiratory failure, and managed care. Also provides useful information on legal, ethical, social, and quality of life issues for seniors and their families.


Resource Directory for Older People

From the Administration on Aging, this directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations that provide information and other resources on matters relating to the needs of older persons


Social Security Online

The official website of the social security administration.


Welcome to AARP Webplace!

(American Association of Retired Persons)


Welcome to Senior Sites!

A Collection on links dedicated to non-profit housing and services for seniors with over 5000 listed communities. Sponsored by the California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a non-profit organization.





American Dietetic Association

The official ADA site provides a searchable resource with nutrition and diet information; registered dietitians in your area; and legislation related to food, health, and nutrition policies.


Nutrition Journals

A collection of online journals from ScienceKomm. Most titles allow browsing and searching of abstracts, while some provide full-text access. For full-text access to Hostos subscription full-text databases that cover the health sciences, see the Databases/Electronic resources section.

Sponsored by the federal government, this resource provides access to government sites with reliable information on nutrition and diet. Includes information on food labeling, the food pyramid, health management, recipes, and more. Links to nutrition and food assistance programs, federally supported research and funding programs, reports, and brochures.


Nutrition Center

Part of the UC Irvine Martindale site, this site has a wide range of nutrition resources organized in the major sections on Metabolic Pathways and Genetic maps, Interactive Anatomy Browsers, On-line Journals, Dictionaries and Glossaries, Nutrition Calculators, and Courses, Tutorials and Lectures. The design is a little dense and could be better organized, but the unique resources are worth the visit..



Nutrient Database (USDA)

This searchable database from the USDA reports the nutrient values for close to 6,00 foods. For information in the same format as on food labels, search in Nutri-Facts.


Nutrition Analysis Tool 2.0

This is an interactive tool for looking up nutrition information on most any food item and keeping track of your diet. Provides data on fast foods and foods by brand name. Users can create a personalized nutritional analysis by entering your food and amounts, and gender and age.


Food and Nutrition Library

Developed by the United Nations University and the NGO Global Help Projects/ Humanity Libraries Project, this site contains 260 publications (28,000 pages) of ideas, experiences and solutions in the fields of Food and Nutrition, Food Policy, Nutrition Research, including the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Search by word or browse by title, subject, or organization.


Food and Nutrition Information Center

Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNIC's mission is to collect and disseminate information about food and human nutrition. Provides A-Z topic list, sections on dietary supplements, food composition, resource lists, food guide pyramid and access to FNIC databases.







Bilingual Education Resources

An organized collection of links from the University of Texas at Austin that includes government servers, journals and research resources, math and science resources and schools and projects online.




CYFERNet is a national network of Land Grant university faculty and county Extension educators working to support community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families. The site provides practical, research-based information including community project profiles, a professionals databases, technology resources and program support and evaluation resources.

This site was developed for the early childhood educator and features articles and Web links to help teachers with curriculum planning for children from the toddlers to kindergarten/primary grade levels. Content includes arts and crafts ideas, research articles, and a sharing board where practitioners and parents can ask and answer one another's questions. The publisher of Earlychildhood News sponsors this commercial site.

A great collection of annotated links for teachers, administrators, and parents. It is organized by major categories or users can browse an alphabetical subject/keyword list. Includes EduHound Español, with resources for Spanish speakers and inlcudes resources for teaching students whose primary language is Spanish, including Bilingual Tutorials. Site sponsored by T.H.E. Institute (Technological Horizons in Education)-- a privately held publishing and services company.


Education Abstracts FT (subscription service, access on campus or via remote access).

Education Abstracts Full Text includes abstracts and full text of articles from nearly 400 journals. Topics covered include:  preschool, elementary, secondary, and higher education; special and vocational education; comparative and multicultural education; adult and continuing education; computer technology; teacher education, evaluation, and methods; school administration; and parent-teacher relations. Coverage begins with 1983, abstracts with 1995, and full text with 1996. The CUNY+ version, found under EDUC, contains only citations, and coverage ends on 12/22/99.



ERIC Database

The world's largest source of education information contains more than one million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice. The Database is updated monthly. AskERIC has a web-based interface for searching the ERIC Database that is free to use and is updated monthly.


Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this is a special project of the
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology.  The site offers a centralized educational resource for Internet lesson plans, curriculum units, and activities pertaining to all K-12 subjects. Users can browse sites by subject, keyword, grade or education level. Sources include the AskERIC Virtual Library, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Math Forum, Microsoft Encarta, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the US Department of Education.


National Clearinghouse on Bilingual Education

The NCBE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S. The site includes classroom support resources, technical assistance, language and education links and an online library which includes many resources in Spanish.


National Network for Child Care (NNCC)

This non-profit organization seeks to "make quality research, resources, and best practices available nationally for direct local access." A terrific resource, it provides research-based, reviewed articles; state by state statistical data and licensing information; assistance from child care and child development experts; a discussion forum; and upcoming conference listings. Some articles also available in Spanish.



Zoom School

Sponsored by, a commercial enterprise that “produces children's educational web sites and games that are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.” The site has

a searchable "on-line elementary school classroom with lessons in geography, biology, language arts, and early childhood activities." Provides access to several illustrated dictionaries including a bilingual picture dictionary available also in English-French, -Spanish, -German, or –Portuguese.





Center for Disease Control (CDC)

National Center for Health Statistics

New York State Dept. of Health

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

U.S. Census Bureau





General Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Manuals

ADAM Medical Encyclopedia (A.D.A.M, a public company)


Glossary (National Library of Medicine) - Health Care Technology Medical Dictionary (MedicineNet, Inc.)


Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary (Inteli-Health, Inc.)


Multilingual Glossary of Technical and Popular Medical Terms in Eight European Languages (European Commission)


On-line Medical Dictionary (CancerWEB)


Terms and Definitions (Office of Rare Diseases)


The Merck Manual






ADA Member Directory (American Dental Association)


AMA Physician Select: Online Doctor Finder (American Medical Association)


American Chiropractic Association - Find a Doctor (American Chiropractic Association)


American Podiatric Medical Association: Member Locator (American Podiatric Medical Association)


DocFinder (Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors) - health professional licensing listings by state.


Find a Dietitian: a Search Tool for Consumers and Health Professionals (American Dietetic Association)


Medicare Participating Physician Directory (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)


Who's Certified (American Board of Medical Specialties) - verification service for Board certified physicians.


Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline, New York State

NY State Department of Health-- Professional Medical Conduct Monthly Reports of Disciplinary Actions; Professional Medical Conduct Complaint Form





American Hospital Directory (American Hospital Directory, Inc.) - from information obtained from the Health Care Financing Administration and American Hospital Association


Blood Bank Locator (American Association of Blood Banks)


Facilities Directory: Veterans Health Administration (Veterans Health Administration)


Find a Hospice Program (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)


Finding an Assisted Living or Residential Care Facility (American Health Care Association, National Center for Assisted Living)


HCFA - Nursing Home Compare (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)


Hospital Select (American Medical Association, Medicalnet, Inc.)


HospitalWeb (Massachusetts General Hospital) - directory of hospita lweb pages by country and state.


Quality Check (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) -directory of nearly 18,000 healthcare organizations.


Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)






Stedman's medical dictionary. 27th ed.

Stedman, Thomas Lathrop, 1853-1938.

Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2000.

Hostos CC Reference    R121 .S8 2000   



Bioethics, health care, and the law : a dictionary

Hedges, Richard (Richard H.), 1952-

Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1999

Hostos CC Reference    R725.5 .H44 1999



Black's medical dictionary.

39th ed. / edited by Gordon Macpherson.

Lanham, MD : Madison Books, c1999.

Hostos CC Reference    R121 .B522 1999



Encyclopedia of complementary health practice

Carolyn Chambers Clark, editor in

New York : Springer Pub. Co., c1999.

Hostos CC Reference    R733 .E525 1999  






Professional Associations-- Health Sciences

American Medical Association

DIRLINE Directory of health organizations







National Library of Medicine
"The world's largest medical library and creator of MEDLINE". The gateway to just about everything.


New York Academy of Medicine Library

Take advantage of these collected resources from those in the know. Direct access to a great collection of medical resources.


Brooklyn Public Library Online Resources
Public libraries provide useful collections of reviewed medical sites as well as valuable subscription databases. With a library card, users can access fee-based services from home.


New York Public Library Health Resources
Access to the NYPL's collection of health links on the Net. Access to subscription services from anywhere with a NYPL library card. It's worth the trip to get a card.