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This guide was created in partnership between Lake County Public Library and Lake County Public Health Agency to assist Lake County Residents (patients and caregivers) in finding information and research to support their understanding of their healthcare.

Journal and Magazine Articles

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.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 1000 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily. There is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or product.


 HealthReach is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of FREE multilingual, multicultural health information and patient education materials for those working with or providing services to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). With the input of partner organizations, HealthReach assembles a diverse collection of materials developed by hospitals, clinics, community health centers, voluntary organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and national non-governmental organizations who provide a broad range of public health services. HealthReach allows user to:

  • Print or download documents
  • Listen to audio
  • Watch videos
  • View illustrations

HealthReach grew out of the Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) when it became apparent that the information resources in the database are useful to all new Americans and those who have limited English proficiency.


Required Library Card Number: Gale Health and Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

What dietary habits are associated with developing adult-onset diabetes? Are antioxidants really effective? What new advances have been made in the treatment of HIV/ AIDS? Gale Health and Wellness is your first-stop resource for answers to these and other health-related questions. Features include:

  • An updated, easy-to-navigate interface featuring topic portals with curated content on diseases and conditions; drugs; diagnostics and tests; and therapies, treatments, and surgeries
  • A broad collection of premier full-text reference works, including Gale exclusives such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests, and The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
  • Millions of articles from both scholarly medical journals and general-interest health magazines
  • Spanish editions of notable content and a Spanish-language search filter
  • Streaming video, audio, and images
  • Mobile-responsive design
  • Google and Microsoft integration
  • Citation tools
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology
  • Improved translation