Start with MedlinePlus for a general orientation to many diseases and disorders, often written in language that is accessible to consumers. It includes an online medical dictionary, an illustrated encyclopedia, and drug information.
Do your serious research in medical reference books or medical textbooks next. (You may want to go directly to journal articles, but journal articles are written for people who have read the books and understand them.)
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - in the Reference collection, RC 55 .M4
STAT!Ref is an online database for medical textbooks. It contains the Oxford textbooks, the Red Book, the DSM-IV-TR, Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, and many other important books.
Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID). Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.
CINAHL - for journal articles Video Tutorial Limit your retrieval to full-text journals. String together your concepts with the connector "and" like this: crohn disease and prognosis.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - for articles Limit your retrieval to full-text and scholarly peer-reviewed journals. String together your concepts with "and" like: breast cancer and treatment.
Health Reference Center-Academic - for articles Limit your retrieval to articles with text and to refereed publications. Use the Narrow by Subdivision feature to see an organized retrieval. Consider a subdivision like Physiological Effects, or Case Studies.
Additional Databases - find articles from periodicals, e-books, and streaming videos.
PubMed Central - for articles from the National Library of Medicine (not LSCS subscription). Be careful about publication dates! Results will not display in newest-to-oldest order. Use the LIMITS link to restrict your results to the most recent 2 or 3 or 5 years (whatever period is desired).
OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man - for in-depth information about genetic syndromes (not LSCS subscription) Search by syndrome name. Intended for use by physicians, researchers, and advanced students; prepare yourself before using it by reviewing all other available information.