Medical Law and Ethics

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Gale Infotrac

Business, computer science, criminal justice, general academic, health and wellness, law, literature, newsletters, newspapers, opposing viewpoints, and reference with student resource center, Gale Virtual Reference Library and the InfoTrac OneFile.



Gale Infotrac

Selected periodicals, reference books, maps, pictures, and newspapers from around the world, along with transcripts of news and public affairs broadcasts.



PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


National Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Center for Disease Control

Food and Drug Administration

National Institutes of Health

National Library of Medicine

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

United States Supreme Court Opinions 

United States Federal Courts

United States Department of Health and Human Services



Codes of Ethics for Healthcare Professionals

Administrators – American College of Healthcare Executives

Dietitians – American Dietetic Association

Laboratory Technologists – American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

Nurses (United States) – American Nurses Association

Nurses (International)- International Council of Nurses

Pharmacists – American Pharmacists Association

Physicians – American Medical Association

Physical Therapsists – American Physical Therapy Association

Radiologic Technologists – American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Respiratory Therapists – American Association for Respiratory Care



Finding Information About Laws

    Use this to find legislative information from Congress, including bills, resolutions, committee information, etc.

The US government collects statistics on a variety of topics that can be useful for health care students.  Here are some places to start.



Government Departments and Agencies



Web Resources

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Information on this site can be useful for professionals and the general public. Highlights of the site include a link to “faststats” health related statistics organized by state or major illness. The A-Z index lists more than 500 health related topics and diseases or visitors can easily search the entire site by using their searchbox.
  • CAM on PubMed
    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to create this database, which is a subset of PubMed.
  • Combined Health Information Database (CHID)
    CHID is a bibliographic database produced by Federal health-related agencies. It provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources. 12 major topical areas are covered, each of which can be searched separately. Updated quarterly.
  • Health (United States)
    Core reference source for government-compiled health statistics. Provides trend tables that are updated as new data becomes available.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
    Contains statistics on selected diseases reported to the Center for Disease Control by state health departments.
  • National Center for Health Statistics
    Includes data on vital events, health status, lifestyle, exposure to unhealthy events, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of healthcare.
  • World Health Organization
    Very wide range of information from this U.N.-related body, with many user-customizable features. Note especially the Library, the Bulletin of the WHO, and the Data and Statistics sections, as well as the annual World Health Reports and World Health Statistics Reports. The WHO Statistical Information System is “the guide to health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information available from the World Health Organization.” The Global InfoBase “collects, stores and displays information on chronic diseases and their risk factors for all WHO member states.” The Media Centre provides the latest information. Disease Outbreak News offers the latest news and reports on communicable disease surveillance and response around the world. The International Travel and Health report “provides information on the main health risks for travelers.” There is also a Tropical Diseases section.
  • Demographic and Health Surveys (Measure DHS)
    This program of the U.S. Agency for International Development “has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.” Site posts survey datasets, statistical data and analyses, methodologies, curriculum, publications, and more.
  • Global Health
    Very useful site from the Office of Global Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with information and analysis about global health issues, national profiles, speeches, and pointers to fact sheets, statistics, reports, and guides to similar information from other U.S. and international sources.
  • Health Map
    Global disease alert map that “brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health… the data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert… provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.”
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – National Guideline Clearinghouse
    NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research
    A website within formation about conferences, events, publications, scientific advances and links to other excellent sites.
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    The NNLM has gathered an excellent and varied selection of links for nursing professionals.
  • The United States Department of Health and Human Services
    Their site contains extensive links to reference material such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, reports, online publications.
  • State Health Facts Online
    This site from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.
  • Merck Manuals Online Medical Library
    As a service to the community, the content of The Manuals is now available in enhanced online versions as part of The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. The Online Medical Library is updated periodically with new information, and contains photographs, and audio and video material not present in the print versions.
  • Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
    Site produced by the Oxford-Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Includes sections on learning, doing, and teaching evidence-based medicine. Toolbox includes tips on asking focused clinical questions, searching MEDLINE for the best evidence, and a glossary of terms.
  • Free Medical Journals
    A website that offers a directory of online journals freely available on the web. Journals are organized by both title and specialty.
  • Kent State University Nursing Home Page
    The “Web Sites of Interest” section located on Kent State’s Library page leads to many excellent online sources of nursing information for professionals and the general public.
  • Medline Plus
    This site, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, contains a wealth of information including news, tutorials, a dictionary,a medical encyclopedia, surgery videos, and links to additional “resources that provide online health information.”
  • Nursing Spectrum
    This online publication has a unique “Nursing Web Search” feature that allows you to search only pre-selected online resources in your field. It also has an extensive “EducationalResources” page with state by state links to other Nursing programs. The site includes helpful links to associations, legislation, and periodicals.
  • The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
    A free peer-reviewed online journal published jointly by The American Nurses Association and the Kent State University College of Nursing. “It presents different perspectives on topics that affect nursing practice, research, and education, thus enabling readers to understand the full complexity of a particular topic.”
  • Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    This site lists resources organized for the specific needs of patients and consumers and of professionals and researchers. Lists the criteria used for selection.


Finding News Articles

  • Google News/Archive Search
    (For older articles, be sure to change the “Return articles added to Google News between” date to something that works for your search, i.e. 1/1/1901). For a list of newspapers in Google News Archive (with links) look here.
  • NewsLink
    Links to U.S. and foreign newspapers




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