Medical Reports

Getting Started

Here are some excellent and reliable online resources. Most of you will find everything you need here. If you search the web, you MUST evaluate the website yourself, using the ABCs.

Begin with one of these three resources. Use the links (googling won’t get you there to most of them).  (If you prefer to start with print, let us know!)

Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks. Use the password on your green sheet to search eBooks. Check copyright date – not that recent but great starter info.

Mayo Clinic – Solid, basic information, well-organized.

World Book online

  1. enter in the username and password your teacher gave you (we CANNOT publish that on the web!)
  2. Choose Advanced

Next Steps

Continue your research with the books in the library or with the following list of approved websites.  There is a LOT of questionable medical information on the web.  If you find your own websites, remember your ABC’s: figure out who the author is, whether the author has a bias, and how current the information is.  (The National Cancer Institute offers these guidelines for evaluating medical information on the web.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Extensive. Great for statistics (trends…)

NIH – National Institute of Health

MedlinePlus – Extensive health encyclopedia.

Stanford Health Library – Includes information in MANY languages.  There’s a physical library you can go to as well as the online one!

Science in Context Database – Click on science and enter the Library Links # from your green sheet. Choose reference for basic info, News or statistics for trends. You can sort your results (within each category) by date!

NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

New York Times Health Section – Search for recent news.

Brain Pop

PubMed – Very advanced source used by medical professionals.


Wikipedia MAY be an appropriate third or fourth source IF the sources above do not have what you need. Some Wikipedia entries on diseases are being monitored by medical professionals through Wikiproject Medicine. Choose topics with an A or B rating from this table – avoid ones with lower ratings. Also consider articles that are locked for editing (click on the lock symbol to find out what it means in each case) or Bronze Star articles.

Print or save your article, check revision history, and watch to see how the article changes. Check with a teacher or librarian first.

See your green packet for more info.